A little over a year ago, publishers John J. Wiley & Sons approached us about the idea of writing a book for entrepreneurs. They knew that we had founded YoungEntrepreneur.com, Blogtrepreneur.com, and a few other companies, and they had seen our writing contributions on our own sites, as well as Business Insider, BusinessWeek.com, and others. Their idea was to have us create a book for entrepreneurs, possibly focusing on the Young Entrepreneur market. Beyond that, they wanted to hear our pitch for the specifics of the book we’d like to write.
We were excited and flattered at the prospect of writing a book for Wiley, and we set out to decide what our book would be about. As we discus in the Introduction of Small Business, BIG Vision, we had no interest in an autobiographical book, and neither us nor our publisher wanted to produce “just another business book.” We decided that it was important to us to create something that would appeal to all entrepreneurs and be a resource for helping small business owners and those interested in starting a business become successful.
Through countless interviews over the years for our various websites and conversations with hundreds (maybe even a thousand or more) entrepreneurs at every stage of business, we recognized that there were some common questions we continued to hear. Entrepreneurs wanted to know definitive answers to questions like, whether or not a business plan is really necessary; how to know when it’s time to hire employees; if it make sense to seek out investors, and how to do so; how to make social media marketing work for a small business; and how to turn a struggling small business around.
We created a book proposal and sent it to Wiley, and the rest, as they say, is history. For the last year, we’ve worked hard on writing the book, working with Wiley to edit it, design the cover, and put together a plan to market our creation. It’s been a lot of work, but lots of fun too. And now, today is the day! Small Business, BIG Vision is now available in stores and through online outlets, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.
We’re confident that we have created a book that will help entrepreneurs from starting up through long-term success. Whether you’re just contemplating starting a small business or you’ve had your company for decades, there is something for you in Small Business, BIG Vision.
Throughout the process of writing and promoting the book, we’ve had amazing support from our loyal followers, colleagues in the entrepreneurial world, those who agreed to be profiled for each chapter, and many friends and family members, not to mention the great people at Wiley. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all, and wish you great success in all you do. If you get the book, stop back in and tell us what you think. We’d love to hear your feedback.
To your success!
Adam and Matthew