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Making a Microbusiness (Canceled)

A book of 78 action steps for everyday citizens to start a small business with what you have and where you are right now!

Making a Microbusiness (Canceled)

A book of 78 action steps for everyday citizens to start a small business with what you have and where you are right now!

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Last updated October 18, 2015

About

How do small businesses get started?

At some point, the narrative became "Starting a small business means you have to either secure a venture capitalist investment or get a large bank loan."  Who started this ugly rumor? You can start a small business with what you have right now. Millions of people for thousands of years have taken their wares to the marketplace. They did it without Ivy League degrees. They did it without venture capitalists. They did it without bank loans. Why can’t you?

This book is for the rest of us!

This book is for the Bootstrappers! This is the book for those who are ready to take the leap and take their wares to the marketplace. I wrote a book for those who want the facts, straight with no chaser. I am not writing theories about successful businesses or what billionaires have done, I am writing about the things that you should do and what actually happens when you actually start your own business. 

Some of the section headings provide a good flavor of the contents:

  • The $1 Car Wash 
  • Getting a Great Lawyer 
  • The Kitchen Cabinet 
  • Picking the Right Partner 
  • The Tax Man Cometh 
  • Digital Assistants 
  • The Naked Lady & the Dress 
  • Drink Black Coffee 
  • It Takes a Thief 
  • Crowdsourcing

I'm pretty average.

I’ve been an entrepreneur most of my life. I’m an average woman from an average family who went to average schools. I took a ton of classes on entrepreneurship and attended even more “workshops” on starting a small business taught by learned people with very fancy book smarts. I didn’t learn much. I talk about entrepreneurship all the time. I spend a great deal of time talking family, friends and acquaintances about not making the same mistakes I did. After years of conversations with many people, I wrote the book I wish I had read.

This Book is for the ones who dare to take action!

This is my first published work and I am a doer, not a talker. I wish someone had just told me a little more about the reality of a small business. If I had known what to expect from the inside out, I could have handled the ups and downs much better.  I wish someone had told me what happens in the day-in, day-out life of a small business owner. It would not have been so hard had I known it was to be expected.  I want better for the next generation of start-ups.

So I wrote this book for you.

The purpose of this Kickstarter Campaign

This campaign is not just about getting my information to you, it’s about getting copies of the book to entrepreneur centers around the country! If I reach my goal, I can send at least 100 copies of this book to small business centers in every state in the Union. Lots of ordinary citizens could use actionable information to take their ideas to the marketplace!

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Risks and challenges

If we don't meet our goal, I won't be able to send the books to entrepreneurial centers around the country. By purchasing the additional promotional items, you help me distribute this book to the centers that need it at no cost to them. Come "heck" or high water, I will get this book out to the masses!

One of the challenges I anticipate is scheduling. I will need to attend publicity events, dazzle at networking opportunities, and impress readers and distributors on conference calls. Luckily, as a successful entrepreneur, the flexibility in my schedule makes this challenge a small one.

As a seasoned self-starter, I have created a TON of projects from scratch. I know how to get to the finish line. There is very little risk investing in my most tried and true resource...myself. Thank you for your support.

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    My sincerest appreciation for your support and a Making a Microbusiness mention on our Gratitude Wall of Fame on the website and in our social media!

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    The eBook: A copy of the eBook suitable for Kindle, Nook & iPad along with an encouraging poster from my Entrepreneurial School of Hard Knocks Series.

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    FULL DIGITAL PACK with eBook and Audiobook. We will also provide the separate PDF checklist of the actual 78 Action Steps to track your progress on your journey AND the worksheets for specific exercises like Informational Interviews and Creating a Kitchen Cabinet. Pretty good for the amount, right?

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    HARDCOVER COPY PLUS the audio book. You’ll receive the audio book, the PDF action steps checklist and worksheets above PLUS an autographed hardcover copy of the book. I’d rather you go for the no brainer, but this one is great for those microbusiness starters on a budget.

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    ALMOST EVERYTHING. You’ll receive the hard copy (paperback) autographed book, the digital ebook, the audio book, the 78Action Steps PDF and the worksheets. The information I provide in this material is a lot to take in. Having all of these forms of information at your disposal keeps you moving towards your goal of Making a Microbusiness!

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    THE NO BRAINER OPTION. In addition to receiving EVERYTHING listed above, I am personally designing six different Kickstarter-only PRINTS based on the lessons in the book and motivational quotes that help keep me going. You get to choose THREE for your space. I am personally creating these prints which will be limited ONLY to the generous backers that made this independent book project a possibility.

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    THE TRIPLE THREAT:
    Three hard (paperback) copies of the book, three sets of the 78 Action Steps & Worksheets and three of the six Kickstarter-only posters of your choosing. Ideal for a group of people starting a microbusiness or a group of entrepreneurs who own separate businesses but form their own support group or Kitchen Cabinet.

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    THE LUCKY SEVEN: Perfect for small business centers or a small group of friends. You will get seven paperback signed copies of the book, seven digital (ebook) copies of the book, seven copies of the 78 Action Steps PDF checklist and seven Kickstarter-only limited edition posters of your choosing. Perfect gifts for friends and family that have been talking about starting a business forever!

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    YOUR STORY: In addition to receiving EVERYTHING in the No Brainer Option, I will personally talk with you via a GoToMeeting video call. I will provide my feedback and observations of your efforts as a microbusiness owner AND interview you for your story to feature in our upcoming Making a Microbusiness efforts including online efforts and possible next book.

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    THE MICROBUSINESS VIDEO MEETING: In addition to Includes all Your Story package, I will hold a visual conference call via a GoToMeeting video call to discuss your business sharing any insights I can with you and your team or kitchen cabinet. This includes one follow-up visual conference call up to one month later to review progress or follow-up questions.

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    THE LEARNING PACK: Ten paperback books, the 78 Action Steps PDF checklists, the complete set of six posters and a public appearance by me, the author of Making A Microbusiness. I will speak to a public or private group of entrepreneurs about the myths and realities of starting a microbusiness. I’ve been known to be pretty engaging! It may be the spark your group could use to get moving. I typically charge a lot more, so this is a serious bargain!

    +++NOTE: Your office or situation room must be in the continental United States.

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    MAKING A MICROBUSINESS IN RESIDENCE: In addition to everything in The Learning Pack, I will come to your location for two business days. Starting with an overview presentation to your group, I will personally consult with and advise up to 5 microbusinesses. Perfect for small business centers helping many start living their dream!

    +++NOTE: Your offices, school, educational center or place of business must be in the continental United States.

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    MAKING A MICROBUSINESS WORKSHOP: In addition to everything in MMB IN RESIDENCE, I will come to your location and conduct a workshop for up to 50 entrepreneurs bringing 50 MMB paperback books, 50 MMB checklists and 10 Kickstarter Limited Edition posters.

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