The Ultimate Guide for First-Time Entrepreneurs

Small Biz Quickstart Workbook

Author: Karl W. Palachuk

Karl has worked with thousands of business owners and managers – and helped several of them make the move to self-employment. With this workbook, Karl will help you make the launch as well. This workbook is guaranteed to help you learn about what it takes to start and run your new business.

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Thinking about taking the entrepreneurial leap? No doubt you’re looking for some specific advice, (do this, don’t do that). You could probably use some general guidance (think about it like this and stop worrying about that). And a little “therapy” wouldn’t hurt either (it’s gonna be okay it’s gonna be okay it’s gonna be okay ...). Fortunately, with “The Small Biz Quickstart Workbook,” Karl Palachuk covers all three. Karl has repeatedly launched himself into small biz success and is an in-demand author, speaker and coach on the subject for a reason: He keeps it real, witty, and relevant. This is the book you’re looking for.
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So, You Want to be Self-Employed...

Congratulations on taking the plunge! As scary as it seems right now, starting your own business will be one of the highlights of your life. This workbook will remove the “scary” part of your decision. How? It will give you information, direction, and inspiration you need to move ahead without (much) fear.

Maybe you have a long-held dream of starting your genius business. Maybe you’re trying to turn your “gig” into a business. Or maybe your boss has decided to downsize and you don’t fit anymore. No matter why you’re starting your business, you’ll be a lot more successful if you take it seriously from the start. Everyone wants to quit their job sometime. But when you want to quit your job all the time, then you don’t have any choice.

This workbook is divided into three sets of tasks: Planning (before you leave your job); The Launch; and the First Year. There are 30-40 items you need to tackle at each stage. Thinking and planning about all these details will help you move quickly from a business idea to a profitable first year.

Associated Downloads Include

  • Business Plan in a Month Information
  • Cash Flow Worksheet
  • Profit and Loss sample Spreadsheet
  • Project Management sample flow
  • Sample Chart of Accounts
  • SB Quickstart Progress Key

Who's this workbook for?

This workbook was designed for anyone who feels the pull of self-reliance and self-employment. It’s also great for anyone who started their business in the last few years and is wondering if they did it right, but the real audience is the first-time entrepreneur.

If you’ve never started a business before, you probably don’t know all the tiny details that need to be taken care of with regard to licenses, taxes, finances, banking, insurance, and all the other “stuff” you’ll need to take care of in your business. You’ll figure it out eventually (we all do), but life will be a lot easier if you figure it out before you make too many mistakes.

I had an outline of this book in the works for years until a friend of mine sent me an email. He said that, after years of thinking about it, he was finally going to quit his job and start his own business. Then he asked me to put together “the big checklist” of every single thing he needs to know. Immediately, I told him that there are things you have to do before you quit your job. Then there are things you need to do right when you launch the new business. And, finally, there are things that you’ll need to get right the first year on your own.

And POOF! That was the organization of this book: Planning, Launching, and Year One.

Almost everything you’ll find here falls into the category, “Stuff I wish someone told me before I started my business.” In other words, it’s all great advice from someone who has built, bought, sold, and run businesses for more than twenty-five years.

Never forget: Running a business is a never-ending balancing act. The world keeps changing. The tools change, the technology changes, and the customers change. You will make mistakes. And it’s always harder than it sounds like to non-business owners. But running your own business is one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do. If you’re excited about the prospect of independence and the rewards of self-employment, then this book is for YOU!

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Build the roadmap your business deserves

In the long run, it doesn’t matter whether the economy is up or down, shrinking or growing: Businesses with a plan always do better than businesses without a plan! Whether the economy is growing or shrinking, it’s always a great time to bring a little balance in your life, slow down a bit, and put things in perspective.

Business Planning Worksheets

Sample Business Plan for IT Consulting Company

Handouts for sample Business Plans for an IT consulting company. Includes sample profit and loss statements in PDF format and a worksheet for generating those in Excel format.
This handout is referred to in some of my blog posts, primarily the five part “Business Plan in a Month” series that begins here: Business Plan in a Month, Part One

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About Karl

Karl W. Palachuk is the author of more than twenty books. He has started and run several businesses over the last twenty-five years, including a business training and coaching company that has taken him all over the globe. He is a popular blogger, YouTuber, podcaster, and keynote speaker. You can find Karl’s blog at RelaxFocusSucced.com

Karl has worked with thousands of business owners and managers – and helped several of them make the move to self-employment. With this workbook, Karl will help you make the launch as well. This workbook is guaranteed to help you learn about what it takes to start and run your new business.