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Small Business, Big Life: Five Steps to Creating a Great Life with Your Own Small Business Hardcover – April 29, 2007
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Born in East Los Angeles, the son of Mexican immigrants, Barajas watched as his father poured all his time into a small business installing wrought-iron doors. It was backbreaking work, and his father had little time for family or fun as the years went on. Barajas got his MBA and started his own financial planning firm, and he dedicates himself to helping small-business owners climb out from under the pressures that prevent them from enjoying life. Although many people dream about the freedom and financial success that business ownership can bring, the reality is that self-employment can often mean longer hours and less income. Barajas provides valuable tools to help the self-employed move up the ladder to becoming true business owners and create a sustainable enterprise that will offer not only more income but also more free time for family and the enjoyment of life. The ideas presented are often simple but nevertheless effective in helping automate and maintain a healthy balance between business and pleasure. Siegfried, David
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Louis Barajas was born in the East LA barrio, son of Mexican immigrants, received his MBA and became a Certified Financial Planner, and started his own financial planning firm in East LA. His goal is to create an Economic Revolution for the Working Class, to help them attain greater abundance through more intelligent financial choices. To learn more about Louis Barajas visit www.louisbarajas.com --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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The book emphazises that the purpose of a business is to give us more life, not to be consumed by it. Oftentimes, however, we neglect and forget this pressing issue until we have health, marital or emotional problems. Mr. Barajas explains, in a step-by-step process, how to avoid this inevitable pitfall.
Being that I am a business student with aspirations of establishing my own business, I wish that the curriculum would incorporate and emphazise this theory. I loved reading this book because it is inspirational, practical and helpful.
This book is comprised of 11 chapters:
1. Why Start a Business?
6. Your Life Blueprint - The purpose of your business is to give you more life.
7. Your Vision - The source of leadership.
8. Your Business Blueprint - Your business is your business, not your product or service.
9. Your Business Systems - Make it easy to build success.
10. Your Team - The bigger the dream, the better the team needed.
11. Conclusion - Living the dash
Chapters 2 to 5 the author calls the "Four Cornerstones of Personal Success." Chapters 6 to 10 are referred to as "The Five Steps to Build a Small Business, Big Life."
The book is more philosophical than it is practical. But I think any wanta-be entrepreneur should give it a read. When starting a small business a person needs to be somewhat philosophical so the practical things that need to be done and get done will in fact get done.
I would have liked the book better if chapters 2 though 5 had been left out. And I would have enjoyed seeing chapters 6 through 10 more developed. I suppose I say this because I like reading business books, and not a mixture of business and "something else."
This book comes across as a business coaching book. It is equally applicable for people starting a business as it is for people who are in need of improving their business. Much of what is included here can be found in the various titles written by Bradley Sugars. My favorite of Sugars' books is Instant Systems (ISBN: 0071466703) which covers a bunch of what is covered in chapters 6 to 10 here. 5 stars!