How well are you prepared for the challenges of running your small business? What drives you through difficult times and how transparent are you (and should you be) with your co-workers and everyone else you talk to about your business? If you feel like your company is about to close, could you imagine contacting the New York Times with an offer to share the experience with thousands of people? Paul Downs thought it was a good story, and he wrote for NYTimes.com for four years before writing a book about “The Year in the Life of My Business”: Boss Life.
You have never read a business book like Boss Life. The book was quickly added to our must-read list for all current and potential business owners. The work is the most honest and transparent business book we have ever read, and we encourage all of you to read it.
Today Paul Downs joins Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean on the Small Business Show, where they delve a little deeper into Paul’s story, Boss Life, and the work ethic that has kept Paul in the business for over 30 years.
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00:00:00 Small Business Show # 83 September 7, 2016
00:01:05 Boss Life Writer Paul Downs – “Not Fit to Work for Others”
00:05:15 2008 recession – half the workforce laid off – of course, I was about to end.
00:06:00 How about driving a company into the ground?
00:07:09 Make the offer
00:09:33 (Don’t) hide until you’re successful
00:11:25 Think about your problems by talking about them and writing them down – that’s what the NYT blog did for Paul
00:13:45 Hang on by your strings. You are all you have.
00:15:13 Define your own defect definition (s)
00:16:12 Be a clear thinker
00:16:57 Share your problems – with real small businesses “Real Businesses” – love that.
00:21:23 The creation of Boss Life – The experience of running a company
00:29:57 Understand profitability
00:31:55 Being sincere won’t kill you.
00:34:04 Check out Paul Downs’ custom conference tables