The Secret of Success in Life? Be Ready for Opportunity When it Comes

Certainly a point you should focus on as you advance toward entrepreneurship. Being “ready” gives you the confidence to make the decision to proceed when the right venture is uncovered. Thousands lack the self-confidence necessary to make these critical changes. Be sure you don’t get trapped by “inertia of rest”–unwilling to take the risks necessary to succeed…

“Don’t wait for your ship to come in… Swim out to it!”

An unknown speaker once said, “Some men dream of great accomplishments while others stay awake and do them!!” I hope you’ll stay focused on the task of finding the right business venture for you and your family. If you’re willing to invest some money in yourself, work hard in the early years, and follow a franchisor’s proven plan, you should reap the rewards of satisfaction and the financial security that you desire. Remember…”Winning Starts with Beginning.”

The Franchise Doctor’s Recommended Reading List

Buying an Existing Business

"The Book I Wish I'd Written" - Jim Deitz, The Franchise Doctor

Are you thinking about buying an independently run business that is for sale in your area? Wondering if this is a better answer than buying a franchise and enduring the site location and start-up phases?

After a lot of searching, we’ve found a great web site run by The Business Buyer Resource Center. They offer the definitive book in acquiring a small company: “How To Buy A Good Business At A Great Price” is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide for business buyers containing over 400 pages covering every single stage of the buying process and every possible situation you will encounter. It’s loaded with easy-to-follow tips, strategies, techniques, interactive worksheets, case studies, real life examples and critical information that will show you exactly what you must do to buy the right business.

If you’ve ever wondered how you could find and acquire a successful business in your town, this book–it can be purchased in hard copy or downloadable “Acrobat” edition–contains all the answers. It’s written from experience–not theory. Richard Parker, the author, has purchased several small companies and he shares his tips with you on how to discover, evaluate, price, negotiate and acquire your dream business. Invest a few bucks to reduce your risk and save thousands in the buying process.

Below is a list of books on business, success and franchising that we have found helpful over the years. If you’ve dreamed of owning your own venture for years, but have not prepared yourself, you’ll probably agonize endlessly over the decision and never act! Just like all great athletes and soldiers; studying, practicing and internalizing the skills necessary to succeed in your endeavor will give you the knowledge needed to succeed. You will recognize the right business when you find it and the self-confidence to invest in yourself.

All of these books are available on

Additional Books Recommended by The Franchise Doctor

  • The Accounting Game by Judith Orloff
  • The E Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
  • The Greatest Success in the World by Og Mandino
  • Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins
  • The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley
  • The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard
  • The Employer’s Legal Handbook by Fred Steingold
  • The Time Trap by Alec Mackenzie
  • You Can Negotiate Anything by Herb Cohen
  • Finance for Nonfinancial Managers by Herbert Spiro
  • First Things First by Stephen Covey
  • Goals by Zig Zigler
  • Guerilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson
  • No Bull Selling by Hank Trisler
  • Risking by David Viscott
  • Taming the Paper Tiger by Barbara Hemphill
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • Insiders’ Secrets to Buying a Franchise by Jim Deitz

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