I recommend it as a reference book for starting virtual companies, and that such companies can often be done quite inexpensively. It is well written, and provides a wealth of information. Professor Ben Sopranzetti, Rutgers University
I use [Shoestring Venture] as a solid reference for forming Virtual companies and to show that there is much detailed decisions involved in setting up a virtual business, but fortunately most of that work can be outsourced.Richard Mammone - Rutgers Business School.
This is no get-rich quick book. Starting a business is hard work and this book covers every topic. Jim Blasingame - The Small Business Advocate
This book literally has everything in it; it covers every topic that faces any startup. It must've taken years to write. Ed Flynn - Talk of the Town WATR, ConnecticutThis really is the
bible for startups
. Jerry Doyle - Nationally syndicated radio talk show host.
The text is exceptionally informative. The writers take virtually every area of concern in a start-up and go to great lengths to explain it in detail..The authors succeeded in providing a one-volume guide that will provide the majority of answers to any new entrepreneur's questions about business. This reviewer is very impressed. bn.com
Ever since I owned my first laptop, I dreamt of having a virtual office and, from that office, running a company that could run itself--everything from accounting to manufacture to delivery. All I would have to do is fire up my laptop every morning and "go to work." I made that dream come true. And I learned that there is nothing in this Internet-connected world to stop anyone else from realizing the same dream.
It was not, however, a dream that was easy to realize . . . at first. It took a
mountain of digging and research to find all the tools and services I would
need to make it work. It also required making mistakes, many of them costly,all of them aggravating, and a few that came close to ruining me.
So I compiled all my research and packed it in with all my experience, good and bad, into this reference guide for other entrepreneurs. Whether you're realizing the same dream entirely green or thoroughly tested and experienced, our goal in this book is to reduce as much of the clutter--and as much of the hard knocks--for you and other entrepreneurs as possible.
You may be a single individual who has always wanted to run a complete business from your home with just some computer equipment.Or you may already be running a successful business but want to know how to exploit the outsourcing opportunities in software, marketing,or manufacturing that can increase your profitability or decrease your headaches.Or you may be running a start-up with a small staff and limited resources wondering how to get more with less.
In any case, this book's information will help you understand the unlimited opportunities our brave new wired world offers you. This book,however, serves as more than just a reference; it will help you understand and evaluate the strategic business decisions you will face in outsourcing much of your business.
I never set out to write an extraordinary book, just a useful one. Almost everything I learned, I gleaned from newspaper, magazine, and Internet articles. Where I can, I give credit to these sources. But much of this book comes from my own experience with Web-based and offline business; all the best research, after all, is information filtered through practical experience.
While I cannot promise you success, my hope is that this book will make your way much easier.