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Review of Paul Hawkens Book Gowing a Business

  • Date Submitted: 02/23/2011 01:20 PM
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My view of “Growing a Business”, by Paul Hawken

    Paul Hawkin wrote “Growing a Business” for men and women who dream about opening their own business to help them make it a reality. After reading “Growing a Business”, I found out that he was able to learn first-hand about what to do and what not to do when running your own business. He was pushed into his first business with little interest in business. He was trying to restore his health. Hawken was hindered with asthma at six weeks old. He needed a special diet and found it hard to find unless he was willing to spend several hours shopping or spending money on high-priced foods. So he opened the first natural foods store in Boston and that is where it all started.   He has owned Smith and Hawken, which is a premier mail-order garden tool company.
    The future of American business is standing at the threshold, not sitting in the boardrooms. “Growing a Business” is a book about growing business and the term “growing” implies about paying attention to the world around us, learning from others, and it is also about changing ourselves. Hawken believes, and so do I, that American businesses employ our people. Which in turn makes us more profitable? Being a good human being is good business. The self-owned and operated business is the best life in the world.
    When deciding to open a business, one must begin at the beginning. They must be able to understand what a business plan is and be willing to give it all with the whole body, mind, and soul. One must know all the fundamental details in order to give them away later.
Another decision that needs to be made when deciding to open a business is what foundation is needed to build and grow. There are three basic choices: sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation. The business being opened should determine which one to choose.
      Sole proprietorship is the simplest form of ownership. All you have to do is get a business license. You will have no...


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