...that we found this book overwhelming & confusing. Okay fine. Roll your eyes & laugh all you want. I guess we're dumber than a dummy. This year we took the leap into the small business world. We run a small Eco-Farm. We don't have employees, we have livestock & crops. We are what is known as a general farm.
Our problem with the book is that even though it is for small business, it was too big business for us. So many situations didn't apply & had us sweating bullets. We started to over think everything & bury ourselves in endless amounts of paperwork, getting little else accomplished in the day. We tried talking to other local farmers for business advice but didn't get much out of them. We talked to an out of state friend & when they understood all the crazy we had going on, they started to help by explaining a few things to us. Now we are on a somewhat smoother path.
Despite our lack of understanding, we didn't feel it was fair to rate the book any less than 4 stars. When we have a better grasp on some things, sections of the book are more clear to us. Also, some of the IRS speak is much more clear thanks to reading the Dummies book.
We hope that as time goes on things will work more seamlessly. We intend on holding on to this book to reference to. We imagine it will become more helpful to us the more all this business stuff takes root in our brains & isn't in one ear & out the other.
After calling our local help center for small business's we were very glad to have read this book. The woman we spoke to mentioned many of the things the book mentioned & thankfully we understood what she referred to & didn't feel stupid. How about that! It took us a few months to read the entire book while setting up our small business - which still isn't finished but getting there. It is amazing how many little things there are to do. We look forward to the day when having our organic farm as a business comes to us as naturally as just plain ol' farming!