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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Book Review: The Hurdle Book

Hurdle is a fairly comprehensive book on business planning. So far it is the best I have found. 

Reading the Hurdle book can help you to make sense of all the details of a business plan. It helps you to think about the different areas of writing a business plan. 

If you can read Hurdle in the version with the color charts, like is on the Business Plan Pro CD, it is easier to make sense of the charts. Several of the versions recreate the charts in black and white which makes it difficult to read them. 

Before you begin to write a business plan you should read five books. The first one would be 
Frank Bettger's How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success. This book is a must-read for everyone no matter what business they are in. The second book should be From Idea to Success: The Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network Guide for Start-Ups. The third book should be The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything. The fourth book should be this one. Finally the fifth book should be The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan. Fortunately three of these books are bundled with Business Plan Pro 15th Anniversary Edition. 

So far I have been unable to find the perfect business plan book that gives the reader all the details from start to finish. If such a book existed it would be very thick and very expensive. The combination of the books I have listed will get you as close as I can get you. 

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