So You're A Nice Guy And Want To Be In Business, Book by Doug McCann
So You're A Nice Guy and Want To Be In Business
Welcome to my web site celebrating my forthcoming book, "So You're A Nice Guy and Want To Be In Business"!
WOW, the title must conjure up some interesting and conflicting thoughts about entering the world of self employment! If I am a nice guy (person) will I not survive in business? Is being in business only for the tough people who value a buck more than the customer it's coming from? Do I have to change? Is business only meant for the merciless and the Ebenezer Scrooge's of the world?! Absolutely not!
Did you know that in Canada there are some 2.7 million people running their own business? Statistics Canada tells us that this is an increase of 65% from the number of self employed in 1986.
You could not be blamed for having some funny perceptions about starting your own company and you could not be blamed to find yourself soul searching wondering if you can keep your values and be successful in business. After all, consider how the fictional Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' or Horace P. Bogardus in 'The Bells of St. Mary's' by author Dudley Nichols have been portrayed. Who can forget 'Little House on the Prairie's' Mrs. Harriet Oleson of Oleson's Mercantile who usually never had a problem putting business ahead of customers whether they were friends, acquaintances or strangers.
The forthcoming book is based on personal stories, successes, failures of the author and of some people who not only survived longevity but excelled in their self employed years.
The book will illustrate ways and means to balance diplomacy with customer needs and expectations. This is not a book on basic business principles, but it is about incorporating such into the business owner's modus operandi to foster a balancing of the 'nice guy - good guy' character makeup with customer and clientele demands.
This web site will present news about the book, its progress, provide sneak peaks of some of the material and provide an opt-in weekly newsletter offering timely tips and tidbits. This site is also meant to engage you, the reader, by inviting you to send in your own stories about entering self-employment. I would love to hear about your successes and also about what did not work. Some of these contributions will be included in the forthcoming book! Please don't be shy!
Launched in September of 2015, I hope you will check back often!