I just recently reviewed this book for Amazon and am about to take it back to the library. I really recommend checking it out for anyone who is starting up or even still shaping their own little (or maybe not so little!) business. Check out my other reviews as well.
I have previously reviewed a similar book from the editors of Victoria Magazine (which I also heartily recommend) and this book from Country Living is just terrific. The main part of it is inspirational stories from women who have done it already, and salted in those stories are all kinds of nuggets and good insights from the various entrepreneurs about how they got the life of their dreams to take flight. Even those businesses which hold basically zero interest for me (cakes & lamp shades, for instance) were interestingly profiled and still contained good morsels through out, so I suggest reading them all.
The second part of the book offers a very solid crash course on the technical aspects of starting a business. This information is often very hard to get in a format that does not cause one’s eyeballs to glaze over either in abject terror or boredom, so I think that part is surprisingly helpful – and that is I what I like about the other business book I have reviewed as well. As quite a large number of the women point out in their personal stories, it is vitally important to do this work and not try to wing it by the seat of your pants for too long. I direct my clients (whom I help to discover & manifest the life of their dreams) to this kind of material because it has got excellent brass tacks for realists who actually want to build something solid, not pie in the sky fantasy.
I got this book from the library but plan to purchase a copy for my reference. If you want to start your own enterprise, I strongly recommend checking out this little book.