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Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business

by Paul Downs

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Boss Life is the story of one man's small business experiences. Down's is the owner of a woodworking shop, and this is his chronicle of a year in the life of that business. Except it is so much more. Down's bares his soul and discusses all aspects of running the shop, and of his own personal life. I admit to being very surprised by this book. I know very little about running a business, having been employed by the government almost my entire life. I always thought it would be easy to start, and run my own business. I had NO idea! Down's lays out the nuts and bolts of what happens on a daily basis, from employee relations, advertising, production, shipping, taxes, and on and on. Things that I never even considered. But don't think that this is a technically driven instruction book, because it is not at all. It reads and unfolds like a great story. He has a way of making you feel like you are there with him, wondering what the next day will bring. I really could not put it down. I learned so much from his story, and hope that he keeps writing, as he has a wonderful gift for doing so. Highly recommend this book to all of us salaried, secure in our next paycheck, wage slaves; so that you get an idea of the life of a small businessman! ( )
  1Randal | Aug 27, 2015 |
What a wonderful book! As a VERY small business owner myself, it was amazing to read book, written with such an in-depth look at everything going on in Downs' life during the year described. Adding his family details gave that behind-the-front-door depth to an already incredibly revealing story of the emotions and financial intricacies of trying to keep a small but several employeed business afloat. I could hardly put the book down and was extremely sad to come to the end of his year and want to know more!! The epilogue helped but when I went into the website I was amazed to see only one or two names that I recognized from the book and find that he has added several employees since the book was completed---adding to his worries as well as solving some of his problems? Yes. I wish his wonderful story could continue---talk about a reality series!! I would be curious what Marcus Lemonis from The Profit TV series would say to Downs. Paul Downs is impressive, for his heartfelt struggle for himself and for the people who work for him---I'm sorry, for him, that it sounds so impossibly difficult and stressful---fortunately, perhaps, he has a terrific head on his shoulders and his optimism continues to bring him around, again and again. This should definitely be required reading for anyone thinking of starting a small business---remembering that when Downs started, it was actually easier to start one!!! Keeping it going is the picture Downs presents, beautifully. ( )
  nyiper | Aug 20, 2015 |
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"When columnist Paul Downs was approached by The New York Times to write for their "You're the Boss" blog, he had been running his custom furniture business for twenty-four years strong, or mostly strong. Now, in his first book, Downs paints an honest portrait of a real business, with a real boss, a real set of employees, and the real challenges they face."--… (more)

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