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Success, Happiness, Independence

Own Your Own Business

Donald J. Phelan –

Though other books have been written about the small business community and the struggle to succeed, few of the actual players have been consulted, those who have realized their cherished dreams and have succeeded in business. Phelan talked with and observed the owners of successful small businesses and distilled their ideas into an easily understandable book. Not surprisingly, they all agree on some fundamental concepts, none of which is complicated, and few of which are found in textbooks.

Phelan has observed the “startup” process for years and answers questions that neophyte entrepreneurs normally confront before going into their own business — what are the risks, and what can be expected?

As the world’s economic structures change, we hear more about the absence of job satisfaction, inadequate compensation, lack of job security, and a whole basketful of other concerns that are discussed daily. Now is the time to take action, and Phelan’s book will show you how to plan for that first business venture and answer those important questions about what business best suits you, how to obtain financing, and how to manage your inventory and bookkeeping.

Phelan believes that the American dream need not be just a dream. You can move from dream to reality by simply making the decision to take control of your life. Phelan’s book will assist you in making that fateful decision about going into business. The correct choice could make the difference between independence, wealth, and personal comfort. The choice is simple — you can work for your own benefit or work for the benefit of someone else.

“The book offers practical advice for anyone willing to invest their own money, time and energy to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. . . ‘this is an excellent book, said Dawne Martin, I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants practical advice on starting a business, keeping it running and trying to sell it.” Gazette Telegraph, Colorado Springs

DONALD J. PHELAN graduated from the University of Colorado, School of Business, and has spent his working years in both corporate America and as a business owner. His successful business ventures have included a music shop, a radio and television repair business, a commercial greenhouse, and a floral shop. Now retired, Phelan divides his time between volunteer counseling with the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and conducting seminars for those interested in a small business career.

Cloth, 183 pages, 6×9
ISBN 0-944435-31-9
LC 94-79175


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