- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Blue Rider Press; Reprint edition (August 2, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399185291
- ISBN-13: 978-0399185298
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.8 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 157 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business Paperback – August 2, 2016
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The cash and employee troubles can be mindboggling and completely unpredictable. You can be the world's greatest salesman, but what happens when your top employee just doesn't show up one day so you can't deliver on the product as promised? Or the buyer "forgets" to send in the deposit but still needs the project by a specific date? Do you risk losing a big sale and call the bluff or do you forge ahead and hope for the best, potentially risking bankruptcy?
Large companies don't have these headaches usually. A few employees don't show up for a few days & things chug along just fine. Small shops can be crippled. I suspect that most people who fantasize about opening their own "Mom & Pop" operation have never been exposed to the raw experiences so honestly portrayed in Boss Life. It's a fantastic "warts & all" look at the reality of one way to make a living.
I love running my own small business partly in spite of these challenges and party because of them. If you are similarly running your own small business, I guarantee that you will pull some good lessons out of this book even though that wasn't really Paul's intent in writing it. If you simply enjoy reading about how other people make a living, this one is right up your alley. If you have any interest in opening a small business, stop what you're doing right now and read this. Think about it. Your business maybe completely different, but many of the experiences here will be replicated in a huge variety of different enterprises.
Highly recommend it.
I've read many business & entrepreneurship books and this is one of the best I've come across for its close look at just how difficult and lonely it can be to run a business. In an age which glamourises entrepreneurship and boss life, Paul Down's 'Boss Life' is refreshing in its refusal to shy away from looking at the challenges of starting and running your own business and the mistakes made, and of course, the constant stress. While inspiring due to the author's tenacity and commitment to his employees, family and customers, this is not a feel-good tale and should be recommended reading to anyone interested in starting their own business (as a counterbalance to the readily available hyped-up information on entrepreneurship that's fashionable today), currently running your own business (you'll find yourself constantly nodding and going 'I'm so glad it 's not just me!') and anyone else interested in a realistic account of small business life.
Highly recommended, I've not come across another book quite like this.