The Business Builder Book Review - Practical, Honest, Illuminates the Path to Success

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The Business Builder, from author Mark Legg, and Wow Publishing, brings to the pages a self-help short read for tradespeople, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and other small business owners, who have decided now is the time to begin their own business.

A self-made man Mr. Legg, one may say, doesn't fit the profile to offer expert advise, other than his successful seven figure trade business, his life isn't lined with an easy walk, or following in his parent's footsteps or an inheritance.


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The Business Builder, at 123 pages, is an afternoon read that will change the way an entrepreneurs prospects his business. Clear the calendar, silence the phone, sit down and turn the first page for a story that doesn't seem possible. The Business Builder is practical. And honestly, some of the principles can be applied to anyone who has a business pursuit.

With chapter headings like "Become the best version of yourself," "Start with the End in Mind," "Creating Your action Plan," "Business Legal Status and Knowing your numbers," "Optimising your business and systemization," "Your Network is your net worth," "Wealth creation," and :People Plan" to name a few. Some are specific in practical wisdom to tradespeople, and as Legg is from the UK, all business aspects that deal with systems, taxes and the like are based on the United Kingdom's governmental structure of taxes and business.


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He also explains the importance of transparency. Every contemporary social media tool and maximizing availability, if its free use it, maximize the tools within your wheelhouse to advance to the next level.

So how did this small yellow book with a huge message make it to my magazine? Serendipity? Chance? Possibly. During my recent trip to London, I ended with a Professional's Meet & Greet arranged by Angela Wendkos Jackson, an ex-pat who operates Exclusive Events, and hosts Professional Networking events, periodically gathering the best of London's professionals for conversation, hors d'oeuvre's and the like. At this event I had the pleasure of meeting many people, one of which was Mark Legg, an extremely successful contractor.

We spoke a bit out his book, The Business Builder, and other projects he has on going and I told him to send me the book and I would review it. The Business Builder, for those who know Mark doesn't come as a surprise, for the majority of those who meet him and see him now, his story is one of inspiration as he gives an honest account of a troubled youth.


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Founded on the truth he tells his story, tinged with failure of too much too soon. Bad news, the least likely, and finally suspended from school permanently. Three strikes before sixteen and by his own admission headed for a life of crime.

With no options he begins working day labor and finds out he's good at it. More than just good at it he has a knack and affinity to the process as contractor work isn't simply swinging a hammer and hoping in a good wind it holds up.

By eighteen he was a qualified painter and decorator. Those days, two short years ago, were so far in the rear view that it was a challenge to remember there was once a day of despair. He was living large.

Not holding back, he explains how during the times when he was living large, he was really living large. And in a short time, after all his hard work, he voluntarily put his business into liquidation. It was no longer salvageable. He lost everything.


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He explains throughout the first chapter, as he steps away from himself and as an objective observer, he dissected his business and the mistakes. After he stopped feeling sorry for himself, he put together a solid business plan, and financial plan and moved into round two. With the taste of success and the sting of defeat he was aware of the precariousness of the entrepreneurial life and flung himself fully into this new phase.

The rest, they say is history. Now with multiple seven figure businesses, he is poised on launching a European based online educational platform for tradespeople.

The Business Builder is available on Amazon.

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