Business Plan Book Recommendations

Business By CiNoRi Updated 6 Feb 2011 , 5:52am by cheatize

CiNoRi Posted 5 Feb 2011 , 3:46pm
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Not to hijack this thread....But speaking of business plans/ opening a store.... can anyone recommend a good book for a how to

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either a book on writing (baking specific) or a sample business plan?

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CWR41 Posted 5 Feb 2011 , 4:29pm
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Not to hijack this thread....But speaking of business plans/ opening a store.... can anyone recommend a good book for a how to

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either a book on writing (baking specific) or a sample business plan?





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Corrie76 Posted 5 Feb 2011 , 4:36pm
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Not to hijack this thread....But speaking of business plans/ opening a store.... can anyone recommend a good book for a how to

and

either a book on writing (baking specific) or a sample business plan?



I've finally taken IndyDebi's advice and bought the book E-Myth (the new additions are titled E-Myth Revisited. It truely is a great book for anyone thinking about running their own business and although the information is relevant to any type of business, the author uses a woman who owns a pie shop as his main example throughout. I just finished reading it, and I can say that it was truely a book that changed the way I looked at the possibility of opening up a store-front business!

Ruth0209 Posted 5 Feb 2011 , 4:51pm
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Go to the Small Business Administration web site. They have sample business plans you can download and modify, a bunch of information about starting a business and access to retired business people who will help you (the SCORE program) all for free.

scp1127 Posted 5 Feb 2011 , 5:12pm
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I would strongly suggest an intro accounting class at a local college if you don't have any business experience. Business law and a money and banking class would be a plus. Filling in blanks on a business plan will not help you in the daily running of a business.

mombabytiger Posted 6 Feb 2011 , 12:04am
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"e-Myth Mastery" is actually more helpful and doesn't have the sappy stories about Sarah and her aunt. I ordered a business plan template (for a bakery) with financials and suggestion on-line for about $40. Downloaded immediately. It's basically a "fill-in-the-blank" thing and they tell you phrases not to use.

Corrie76 Posted 6 Feb 2011 , 2:03am
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"e-Myth Mastery" is actually more helpful and doesn't have the sappy stories about Sarah and her aunt..



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yes, I have to admit there was a lot of syrupy sweet goo coating the characters, but if you can look past the horrid "story-time" parts- the ideas are worth it...I will have to pick up the E-Mastery soon and check it out, makes me hopeful to hear there's no corny stories going on in that one!

scp1127 Posted 6 Feb 2011 , 2:17am
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The E-Myth storytelling was a little over the top. "She looked deep into my eyes and said,....". His prose just goes too far, like a high school creative writing class.

CakesGoneSweet Posted 6 Feb 2011 , 2:28am
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Google your local SCORE office. Our local office has free 1/2 workshops on business plan building and full day weekend workshops on other subjects including market research. I highly recommend it and they also have volunteers to do one on one mentoring.

cheatize Posted 6 Feb 2011 , 5:52am
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You could also try college textbooks. Used, of course. Those things are way too expensive to buy new. The book I used for my Principles of Business class is one of the few I kept. It has all the steps for a business plan and explains them all, too. They won't be cake specific, of course, but the steps you take to create a business plan will include market specific research that you will do and that's what will make it cake specific.

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