One thing I don’t want to do with my book is make people think starting up a new business is nothing but fun and exciting and success and money and freedom.
It is not.
There is a lot of work.
Take for example the person who starts up a dog walking business. While it can be a full-time business and an alternative to a real (ie, cubicle) job, it will take lots of WORK to be successful.
My position, though, is that if you are going to work hard, why not do it for yourself?
Anyway, here are two excellent reads for you:
Tim Ferriss, who I could read all day long: Always Be Closing: Y Combinator and The Art of the Pitch
Chad Etzel, who I learned about through Tim’s post: Startups Are Hard (this should be required reading… as well as the comments on the post, for anyone wanting to start a business).