What's Stopping You?: Shatter the 9 Most Common Myths Keeping You from Starting Your Own Business
- By Bruce Barringer, R. Duane Ireland
- Published May 16, 2008 by FT Press.
- Copyright 2008
- Dimensions: 6x9
- Pages: 224
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-13-244457-7
- ISBN-13: 978-0-13-244457-6
- eBook (Watermarked)
- ISBN-10: 0-13-714543-8
- ISBN-13: 978-0-13-714543-0
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Bruce R. Barringer, PhD is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida. The author of two small business/entrepreneurship textbooks, Barringer’s work is read worldwide. He is also the author of the Wall Street Journal’s Entrepreneurship Weekly Review, which is distributed to small business and entrepreneurship teachers and students across the United States.
R. Duane Ireland, PhD is Professor of Management and holds the Foreman R. and Ruby S. Bennett Chair in Business in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. He is the author of entrepreneurship and strategic management textbooks that are widely sold throughout the world. He teaches entrepreneurship to executive MBA students and has consulted with a variety of small and large organizations.
“This book dispels the myths surrounding the process of starting a business, and gives hope and encouragement
to people who would like to give it a try.”
–Tim Berry, Founder and CEO, Palo Alto Software
Creators of the World’s Most Popular
“Bruce Barringer and Duane Ireland’s new book, What’s Stopping You? is an insightful and thought-provoking examination of nine common myths that discourage individuals from starting new businesses. … This book is much-needed and long overdue…. The value of What’s Stopping You? is that it effectively debunks the false premises that too often preclude acts of business start up. What’s Stopping You? is an encouraging, instructive, and eloquently written book that would be a valuable addition to any aspiring entrepreneur’s bookshelf.”
Jeffrey G. Covin, Samuel and Pauline Glaubinger Professor of Entrepreneurship, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
“Over the years I have observed many seemingly great business opportunities never get off the ground. Quite often, what holds these aspiring entrepreneurs back are common misconceptions about the difficulties and risks of starting a new business. In What’s Stopping You?, Professors Barringer and Ireland systematically break down the myths that hold many entrepreneurs back from pursuing their dreams.”
Jeffrey R. Cornwall, The Jack C. Massey Chair in Entrepreneurship, Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee
“Barringer and Ireland simultaneously demystify start-up misconceptions and empower readers to explore their own opportunity with renewed passion. Many prospective entrepreneurs feel trapped by myths, the authors carefully detail the myth’s fallacies and encourage the reader to see beyond start-up stereotypes. Future and experienced entrepreneurs have much to learn from What’s Stopping You?”
Sarah Schupp, Founder/CEO, University Parent Media, Boulder, Colorado
“Creating your own business from scratch can be a mental, emotional, and financial roller coaster ride. Bruce Barringer and Duane Ireland’s book provides a ‘voice of reason’ and helps give you the confidence to realize you can do it. They recognize that starting a business is hard work, but that it is attainable–and that you should celebrate your accomplishments every step of the way.”
Jan Stephenson Kelly, Cofounder/CEO, Spark Craft Studios, Cambridge, MA
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Are you toying with the idea to start your own small business? If so, then this is a good book to help convince you to do it!,
This review is from: What's Stopping You?: Shatter the 9 Most Common Myths Keeping You from Starting Your Own Business (Paperback)I liked this book a lot. Its target audience is anyone who is currently earning a salary working for someone other than themselves or a company they own, but who are considering whether entrepreneurship is something for them. It is fairly well written and organized. Chapter 1 provides a nice introduction to the book and Chapter 2 is the meat of the book. The remaining seven chapters flow directly from what is covered in Chapter 2.
This book is not a how-to book. It is a book for wanta-be entrepreneurs who think it is risky to start their own business and cannot find the motivation to transition from their W-2 setup to one of self-employment. The authors explain in chapters 2-9 that there are 8 myths about making the transition to self-employment that simply are not true. Take a look at the Search Inside material the authors have provided Amazon. You will find the titles to the chapters. They succinctly layout what the book is about.
I like to view the book as one... Read more
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Kindle edition has problems,
This review is from: What's Stopping You?: Shatter the 9 Most Common Myths Keeping You from Starting Your Own Business (Kindle Edition)Most of the sidebar articles are incomplete - missing the finish from the next page. The index ends up being a mere listing of names and terms as it is not linked to anything (doesn't include page numbers either).
Otherwise, it seems quite interesting.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
information-packed and no nonsense,
This review is from: What's Stopping You?: Shatter the 9 Most Common Myths Keeping You from Starting Your Own Business (Paperback)Given all the personal, social and economic advantages that small businesses offer, why don't more people start them?
Unlike some books of this type, authors Barringer and Ireland aim to be realistic rather than inspirational. They don't proclaim that "everyone" has the aptitude or qualities needed to run a business. But they do argue that far more people could be successful entrepreneurs than actually take the plunge. Along with practical advice, *What's Stopping You?* addresses topics such as motives for starting a business and "determining what you want out of life." In calm, logical style, the authors explain why passion is so important, how major decisions can be triggered and why we fear taking risks.
But for the most part, *What's Stopping You?* is a practical, level-headed guide that is packed with useful resources, especially online websites and directories. Each chapter presents topics that could fill whole books on their own, such as getting financing,... Read more
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Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started–It May Not Be as Hard as You Think 1
Chapter 1: Myth No. 1: It Takes an Extraordinary Person to Start a Business;
Truth No. 1: You Can Do It! 3
Chapter 2: Myth No. 2: Starting a Business Involves Lots of Risk;
Truth No. 2: It May Not Be as Risky as You Think 23
Chapter 3: Myth No. 3: It Takes a Lot of Money to Start a Business;
Truth No. 3: It Might Not Cost as Much as You Think 43
Chapter 4: Myth No. 4: It Takes a Great Deal of Business Experience to Start a Successful Business;
Truth No. 4: Successful Businesses Are Started by People with All Levels of Business Experience 67
Chapter 5: Myth No. 5: The Best Business Ideas Are Already Taken;
Truth No. 5: There Are an Infinite Number of Possibilities for Good Business Ideas 87
Part II: Running and Growing a Business–Don't Underestimate Your Chances 111
Chapter 6: Myth No. 6: No One Can Compete Against Wal-Mart and the Other Big-Box Retailers;
Truth No. 6: You Can Compete Against the Big-Box Retailers if You Have the Right Plan 113
Chapter 7: Myth No. 7: It’s Almost Impossible for a New Business to Get Noticed;
Truth No. 7: There Are Many Ways for New Businesses to Get Noticed and Recognized 133
Chapter 8: Myth No. 8: The Internet Isn’t What It Was All Hyped Up to Be;
Truth No. 8: The Are Many Legitimate and Enjoyable Ways to Make Money Online 157
Chapter 9: Myth No. 9: It’s Easy to Start a Business, But It’s Difficult and Stressful to Grow One;
Truth No. 9: Businesses Can Be Grown Profitably and Enjoyably 179
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