But this book isn’t memoir or rule book. It’s a usable, open kimono look at the nitty-gritty of what’s truly required not just to start a business, but to take it from a new business to a surviving one to a thriving one. And once you’ve got a thriving business, he covers what few people have ever done in books I’ve seen—he describes how to decide whether to exit the business, when, and how. Sometimes foldin’ ’em is better than holdin’ ’em.
That’s where Bill McBean comes in. I know Bill personally—have for years—and he’s a sharp, shrewd, no-nonsense businessman. Most folks are lucky to find business success once, but Bill has met repeated success in a variety of venues, geographies, business lines, you name it. One time is luck and more than once is skill, but if you’re as repeatedly successful as Bill has been, that takes serious acumen and drive. Oh, and by the way, he’s a heck of a nice guy. His experience alone would probably make a good business book.