Summary of Boss Life
From BOSS LIFE by Paul Downs. Summarized by arrangement with Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC
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Small business owner Paul Downs’s chronicle of a year in the life of his woodworking shop describes a world where the biggest triumph is survival. Downs brings life and drama to such details as customer churn, production flow and employee problems. At times, he may get a little too granular in reporting his daily cash fluctuations, though if you’re running a small business, every detail will ring a bell. Downs’s candid account of how he learned the necessity of reaching out to mentors – in the form of consultants and business peers – is particularly helpful. getAbstract recommends his company’s life story, which may serve as a reality check for budding entrepreneurs, especially those hoping to turn a passion into a profession.
In this summary, you will learn
- How woodworker Paul Downs ran his start-up company and overcame his lack of management skills,
- Why any owner-boss of a small business must acquire skills in every area of its operations and
- Why a boss needs mentors.
About the Author
Paul Downs is founder and owner of Paul Downs Cabinetmakers in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania. He has written for The New York Times and his You’re the Boss blog.