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Small Time Operator: How to Start Your Own Business, Keep Your Books, Pay Your Taxes, and Stay Out of Trouble, 27th Edition

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Book Description
Detailed advice covers everything people need to know to take control of their business and be a success. This latest edition includes a new section on doing business on the Internet. "A phenomenal book." - Julianne Malveaux, King Features Syndicate

This fully revised and expanded guide, recommended by the Small Business Administration, explores the financial details of starting a small business.

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5 out of 5 stars The most "user friendly" manual available today, August 10, 2001

  Reviewer: Midwest Book Review (see more about me)from Oregon, WI USA

Now in a fully updated and expanded 24th edition, Bernard Kamoroff's Small-Time Operator continues to be the premier "how to" reference for starting a small business, keeping the books, paying taxes, and staying profitable. The most "user friendly" manual available today, the aspiring entrepreneur and small businessman will learn how to obtain all necessary permits and licenses, finance their business, find the appropriate location for their business, create and implement a business plan, choose and protect a business name, determine whether or not to incorporate, establish a simple but effective bookkeeping system, hire employees, deal with federal, state and local taxes, buy a business or franchise, utilize the Internet, deal with (or avoid!) the IRS, and much, much more. If you are contemplating starting your own business and only have time to read one book on the subject, then make it Kamoroff's Small-Time Operator!

5 out of 5 stars A New Book with a Track Record, October 2, 2000

Top 500 Reviewer Reviewer: Dan Poynter, author of The Self-Publishing Manual (see more about me) from Santa Barbara, CA USA

Bernard (Bear) Kamoroff proves an author/publisher can make a living on one book. Through 24 revised editions and 54 printings in 22 years, this very successful guide has to be the best-selling accounting book of all time. Continually updated, it just keeps on getting better and better.

Kamoroff takes you through Getting Started (business location, financing, legal structure, licenses & permits, import & export, insurance, business name and business plan), Bookkeeping (bank accounts, recording income, sales & expenditures and financial management), Business Growth (hiring help, incorporation), Taxes (expenses, self-employment tax, retirement deductions, the IRS, returns, other taxes), and in the Appendix (how to find a good accountant, home-based businesses, buying & selling a business, freelancers and more).

This book has a great title and it was the title that made people pick it up to discover the great content.

I have been a publisher for 31 years and I wish this book had been written 32 years ago. Fortunately, it has been with me for 22.

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Avg. Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars

2 out of 5 stars A very basic book for true business novices only, November 10, 2002

  Reviewer: iramorris from Denver, CO USA

This is a very basic book that will be useful only to somebody who has little business knowledge or education. Although any book in this category must be general enough to cover a wide-range of small businesses, I felt this book was too simplistic and that there are better books, such as "Working for Yourself" by Fishman.

4 out of 5 stars A good start, October 15, 2002

  Reviewer: from Brooklyn, NY United States

This book covers all of the basics of small business accounting and will give you enough information to start things without having to hire an accountant. It also does a good job of letting you know your responsibilities to Uncle Sam and gives you some good advice on easing that blow.

It isn't exhaustive, though. You'll still need to do a lot of research on the local level. As Kamaroff points out, some localities are conducive to business and some are intensively regulated. This is where a lot of your problems are likely to happen. While I appreciate the size of the scope necessary, I would have liked to have seen a state-by-state list of resources, or hints for more local information.

Of course, being a New Yorker, that could have been a whole book in and of itself. (hint, hint)