2 out of 4 stars
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To state that our current times are verging towards the further exploration of the online world is an understatement. It is a smart move to support our local producers, grocers, and other small business owners. Yet, as we keep up with the faster pace of our everyday lives, some of us could also gain an advantage from the convenience and practicality of internet shopping at certain times. As we learn to break down unnecessary barriers in reaching out to the rest of our modern society, we also make nearly boundless trade and commerce more than merely possible. The eight steps to financial freedom by Dr BA Mabaso took a step further as it explored a pathway for income generating opportunities from the trillion-dollar e-commerce industry.
The book’s “Dedication” part stated that it was deliberately meant to cater to a wider spectrum of the target audience. On its “Preface” portion was a declaration where it painted an ambitious picture of how the online marketing business could produce “millionaires.” Curious to learn more about how that could happen, I thought there was no harm but possibly more to gain if I picked the piece. It turned out to be a compact yet information-filled, ninety-paged read. It also had a generous amount of details and step-by-step procedures that students or beginners could appreciate. Well-known products and facilities were also mentioned and discussed extensively enough to capture enthusiasts’ interest.
Going beyond its implied and expressed economic returns, I found several aspects of the manuscript that could benefit from aesthetic as well as content enhancements, though, At the outset, our club’s website did not have a copy of its cover. Its complete title was also THE EIGHT STEPS TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM: A DIY Venture Via Amazon Associates & Fulfilment by Amazon (with capitalization, punctuation, and spelling as exactly shown on the seller’s site). Although potential readers could do a quick web search to find out more, it is better for the interest of transparency that salient facts are disclosed upfront. With Amazon’s chief executive as the richest man in the world and considering the online giant’s fame, essential disclosure of the connection could even be advantageous. I won’t instantaneously scorn qualms, if any, though.
The manuscript also had editing or proofreading shortcomings as I noticed more than ten areas for improvement. Based on the readily available profile, the author’s pedigree seemed impressive. A medical doctor with a master’s degree in business administration among other academic credentials was extraordinary. Thus, I would have expected that the text had been presented differently. For example, a clearer presentation of more specific data to directly link the proposed methods with the desired results would have increased plausibility. Knowing how much was earned from applying the steps discussed could do more than general statistics would, for instance. Some quotes also spanned more pages than usual, which decreased readability and somehow marred originality. Also, it would have been better if the seventh and eighth steps swapped places. Step 8 was also methodical and technical like Steps 1 to 6, so it should have appeared after the others. Meanwhile, Step 7 had more abstract concepts that should have been placed at the end as a fitting finale.
With the above considerations in mind, I was compelled to give this book 2 out of 4 stars. If I could disregard usual quality expectations, I would have given it a higher rating. Greed may not be ideal, and such should not be what this is about. Yet a legitimate and viable way of attaining financial independence for ourselves and the ones who matter to us would be something to welcome.
The eight steps to financial freedom
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