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Building a Small Business that Warren Buffett Would Love



Building a Small Business that Warren Buffett Would Love

Adam Brownlee

ISBN: 978-1-118-23889-9 February 2012 208 Pages


The guide to making money the Warren Buffett way

The book that presents the same fundamentals that Warren Buffet used to turn an initial $105,000 investment into a $40 billion fortune in a way the general reader can apply, Building A Small Business that Warren Buffett Would Love is a succinct, logical, and straightforward guide to financial success. Highlighting one simple message: that Warren Buffett successfully invests in great businesses with strong fundamentals, it argues that these fundamentals can be replicated in a small business to yield outstanding results. Offering a solution for people wanting to start a business to provide additional income in today's uncertain economy, and designed to help entrepreneurs build fundamentally sound, small businesses using Warren Buffett's business investment perspective, the book covers:

  • An overview of Warren Buffett's investment methodology and how it applies to small businesses
  • The details of the Buffett investment criteria—a consumer monopoly, strong earnings, low long term debt, and high ROE with the ability to reinvest earnings—and the application of these fundamentals to both start-up and existing small businesses

An approach to building a small business that applies the well respected principles of Warren Buffett, the book presents an exciting new look at the steps to success that have been proven trustworthy by one of the richest men in the world.

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction Painting the Picture of the Ideal Business 1

Chapter 1 Buffett and the Fundamental Business Perspective 9

Chapter 2 The Importance of a Consumer Monopoly or Toll Bridge 19

Chapter 3 Strong, Consistent, and Growing Earnings 31

Chapter 4 Emphasizing a High Return on Equity 51

Chapter 5 Retained Earnings—The Fuel for the Engine of Compounding Returns 81

Chapter 6 The Tumor of Long-Term Debt 131

Chapter 7 Keeping Up with the Joneses 147

Chapter 8 With Healthy Net and Gross Margins 157

Chapter 9 Building a Small Business That Warren Buffett Would Love—Finishing the Landscape 167

Epilogue 175

Notes 185

About the Author 189

Index 191