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What's Stopping You?: Shatter the 9 Most Common Myths Keeping You from Starting Your Own Business [Kindle Edition]

Bruce Barringer , R. Duane Ireland

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From Publishers Weekly

In this trim but comprehensive and engaging book, Barringer and Ireland (Entrepreneurship: Successfully Launching New Ventures) dispel the myths that prevent the typical American from starting a new business. The authors weave their academic research and business incubation fieldwork with stories from real life startups, refuting claims that entrepreneurship entails colossal risk, requires a great deal of money, demands extensive business experience or is dependent on the perfect product or service. This book is refreshingly pragmatic while still being encouraging; it addresses the obstacles at each stage of entrepreneurship, including overcoming psychological barriers to quitting a day job, identifying and developing the right idea, financing and running effective public relations and marketing campaigns on shoestring budgets. Simultaneously upbeat and instructive, this book offers the aspiring business owner a practical push toward taking the entrepreneurial plunge. (June)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


“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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•Get past the myths that keep you from making the leap

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•Launch your company and watch it grow and profit


Build the business you’ve always dreamed of! Take control of your future and achieve the breakthrough success that’s only possible when you’re working for yourself. You can do it–and this book will show you how.


Forget the myths that have been standing in your way. You don’t need to be rich. You don’t need extensive business experience. You don’t need to be a genius. You don’t need a revolutionary product or service. You can handle the risk, the competition, and the challenges.


The proof’s on every page of this book: case studies of “ordinary” people building great businesses and practical techniques you can use, too–every step of the way!



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1124 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 227 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0132444577
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Bis zu 5 Geräte gleichzeitig, je nach vom Verlag festgelegter Grenze
  • Verlag: FT Press; Auflage: 1 (16. Mai 2008)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004LB5J64
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen 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! 7. Juni 2008
Von Jeff Lippincott - Veröffentlicht auf
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 that explains that starting a small business is not particularly risky. Sure, any unknown has a certain amount of risk involved with it. But starting a business doesn't have to be like visiting Atlantic City and shooting craps at one of the gambling tables. With the proper research, skills, and planning, anyone can start a small business and be successful.

You might be saying now: What about the money needed to start a small business? Well, every business costs some money to start. Some cost more than others. And some don't cost much at all to start. The book points this out in Chapter 3. My favorite chapters in this book were chapters 1-5 and 8. I wish the authors had more fully developed them and left out chapters 6, 7 and 9, since those chapters did not do much for me.

I would have liked the book better if it had three other chapters included regarding myths as follows:

6. You have to be good at sales if you plan to be successful as an entrepreneur.
7. You have to be a people person if you plan to be successful as an entrepreneur.
9. You have to be good with numbers if you plan to be able to run your own business.

The message in this book is that if you get advice from experts and informed people you will be headed in the right direction to start a small business. If you gather information about an opportunity to start a small business, then you will be well on your way to starting a small business. And if you take all the advice and research and prepare a sound WRITTEN business plan, then you will probably be successful in starting and running your small business.

I found chapters 7-9 to be less-than. Chapter 7 could have included more advice on marketing techniques. And Chapter 8 could have talked a lot more about Internet marketing techniques. Chapter 9 would have been better if business plans had been tied into the discussion and strategic planning had been explained.

In sum, if you are toying with the idea to get out of the rat-race and start your own small business, then this is a good book to help convince you to do what it takes to make the jump. 4 stars!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Kindle edition has problems 23. August 2011
Von G. Larson - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: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.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen information-packed and no nonsense 28. August 2008
Von Inanna Arthen - Veröffentlicht auf
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, utilizing the Internet, promotion ("getting noticed") and strategizing how to compete in the marketplace. But *What's Stopping You?* provides scores of websites, books and other sources of information for exploring each topic in greater depth.

This is an excellent book for people who think rationally and mistrust the more colorful pitches so common to the "motivational" genre. The authors are passionate about entrepreneurship, and *What's Stopping You?* presents their expertise in a highly accessible form. If you're wondering just what the "nine myths" are, buy this book. It's worth the price!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen If you are feeling overwhelmed during the start-up phase 29. November 2011
Von H - Veröffentlicht auf
If you are feeling overwhelmed during the start-up phase of your new business, this is the best book for getting motivated. I carry this book all the time in my briefcase. Every time I have a negative feeling, a negative idea about achieving my objectives I just read some chapter, and I get reloaded to do anything!!! This book can turn negative emotions into positive ones.
The authors address the obstacles (myths) that most people worry about and deal with them one by one with truths.
Truth 1: It doesn't take an extraordinary person to start a business. You can do it!
Truth 2: Starting a Business may not be as risky as you think
Truth 3: It might not cost as much as you think to start a business
Truth 4: Successful business are started by people with all levels of business experience
Truth 5: There are an infinite number of possibilities for good business ideas. The best business ideas are not already taken
Truth 6: You can compete against the Big-Box retailers if you have the right plan
Truth 7: There are many ways for new business to get noticed and recognized
Truth 8: There are many legitimate and enjoyable ways to make money online
Truth 9: Business can be grown profitable and enjoyably
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Encouraging and Supportive For New and Aspiring Entrepreneurs 22. März 2010
Von Career Momentum - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
Although not everyone is a candidate for starting their own business, there are many unemployed and underemployed who have thoughts in the entrepreneurial direction. I'm speaking to more and more people who think this might be their best shot at finding fulfilling work. In What's Stopping You?, the authors discuss 9 of the most common start-up myths and provide some excellent food for thought regarding the practical, creative and emotional aspects of starting a business. After reviewing many business start-up books, I found this to be one of the most approachable resources for personal and professional exploration related to starting a business. Barringer and Duane provide well-balanced and insightful guidance on how to assess and handle start-up concerns such as risk, finances, experience, competition, marketing and growth plans. This short 200-page book is definitely worth the read if your fears are overpowering your dreams, your confidence is wobbling, or entrepreneurship seems too elusive to grasp. It also will feed the soul of those anxious to get off the starting block and dive into their own business success. ©2010 [...]
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