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Small Business, Big Life: Five Steps to Creating a Great Life with Your Own Small Business [Hardcover]

By Louis Barajas (Author)
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Creating and owning a successful business is part of the American dream. Written for "ordinary folk who have more dreams than education, capital or resources," Small Business, Big Life promises not just professional and financial success, but a fulfilling life. Louis Barajas shows how to create a business that enriches your life as well as your wallet, that creates both money and meaning, and that provides a legacy for yourself and your family. Barajas has a unique integrated approach that deals with life as well as business. The four cornerstones of a big life from a small business are Truth, Responsibility, Awareness, and Courage. The five steps of building a small business that will give a big life are Your life blueprint Your vision Your business blueprint Your business systems Your team Both inspirational and practical, Small Business, Big Life says don't let your business run your life; run your business to give you and your family a good life.

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"Your business can earn more for your family while you have a fulfilling life."

All too often, small business owners settle for less than the best life has to offer thinking they have to choose between financial success and family time.

Do you want financial success? Then you'd better be prepared to sacrifice you family life.

Do you want more quality time with loved ones? They you can forget about taking your samll business to the next level.

Renowned financial planner Louis Barajas knows you can have both. You don't have to choose between giving up successful finances and abandoning your family. Written for "ordinary folk who have more dreams than education, capital, or resources," "Small Business, Big Life" will show you how to build a business that creates both money and meaning, and that provides a legacy for you and your family.

What is Barajas' secret? Whether in his East Los Angeles office or on the road speaking as an author and small business expert, Louis Barajas teaches his clients a unique, integrated approach to balancing the professional and the personal. The book contains

  • Four Cornerstones for a Big Life
  • Five Steps of Building a Small Business, Big Life
  • 22 Temptations of a Business Owner

Let Louis Barajas show you how to make your business work for you, and not the other way around. "Small Business, Big Life" is not just a plan for financial success―it's a blueprint for a truly fulfilling life.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Small Business, Big Life: Five Steps to Creating a Great Life with Your Own Small Business by Louis Barajas has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Booklist - 05/15/2007 page 9
  • LJ Best Business Books - 03/15/2008 page 35
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 603

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.12" Width: 6.36" Height: 0.88"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 2007
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  140160336X  
ISBN13  9781401603366  
UPC  031869002416  

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More About Louis Barajas

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! After reaching an executive position at a prominent accounting and consulting firm, Louis Barajas felt he needed to give back to the community that required his advice most. As a financial planner in the heavily Latino neighborhood of East Los Angeles, Barajas began to share with other Latinos what could be done with their own resources. A highly sought -- after speaker for local, regional and national business conferences, he has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Hispanic Business, on NPR and CNBC, and was recently named one of the 100 best financial planners in America by Mutual Funds magazine.

Louis Barajas was born in 1961.

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If you are thinking about launching a small business...  Jun 9, 2007
"Small Business, Big Life: Five Steps To Creating A Great Life With Your Own Small Business" by financial and business expert Louis Barajas is an articulate, 'reader friendly', step-by-step, how-to manual for aspiring entrepreneurs wanting to establish a business enterprise, building a viable business, and still have a robust and satisfying personal life. The key to it all is the creation and maintenance of a proper 'mind-set' based on the four basic principles of Truth, Responsibility, Awareness, and Courage. "Small Business, Big Life" explains how to identify values and priorities and then fashion them into a kind of 'life blueprint'. Barajas reveals the components for creating a successful business include doing what you love, doing what your good at, and being profitable with what you do. The importance of systems for orderly, manageable growth are stressed, as is creating access to good attorneys, bankers, accountants, insurance agents, and vendors. If you are thinking about launching a small business, regardless of the products or services it will entail, then you need to give Louis Barajas a careful and considered reading!
A Magical Book  May 7, 2007
After many years searching for a book that offers guidance in creating a successful business without compromising family values, I finally found it. I'm a business owner with minor children that hardly know me yet they are the most important part of my life. I have spent countless hours building my business to provide a comfortable living for them but I have failed as a father. After reading Small Business, Big Life, I realized my business was running my life instead of me running my business. I already started creating my life blueprint and the business blueprint and I have to admit that it's been a long time since I been as excited for my business as I am right now. For the first time in many years I will be taking some time off to go to my kid's basketball games. Thank you Mr. Barajas for this magical book.
A must read  May 4, 2007
Small Business, Big Life is a must read for all small business owners. Louis Barajas takes a step back and gives us practical knowledge about establishing and running a business.

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.

A hybrid business book that can help make either a startup or an existing business better for its owner.  Apr 29, 2007

I enjoyed reading this book. It was well-written, and easy to follow. It explains that a small business does not have to be about ego and/or money. But instead a small business can be about having more control and quality of life. In a way, this book made me think of another book I am going to review tonight: How to Run a Business Like a Girl (ISBN: 1593374550). I liked that book, too.

This book is comprised of 11 chapters:

1. Why Start a Business?
2. Truth
3. Responsibility
4. Awareness
5. Courage
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!

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