©1955, 2001, 2003, 2004 Michael E. Gerber; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Gerber loves to exhort people to develop powerful visions for their companies." (Fortune)
I had heard about this book for years, but Gerber's writing style, with its endless dependent clauses, bothered me. However, when I got the audio book, and heard him reading it, and got the way it was meant to be taken in, I got it.
This book has radically helped me in the past month and a half since I read it, and dramatically changed how I look at my (*CURRENTLY*) one-person business. I cannot recommend this book enough to those of you who started a small business without any entrepreneurial training or experience.
The audiobook is a bit too long. The stories about Sara's problems are a bit too long and too emotional at the first sight. However, when you look closer, you realize the story is about someone like you. If you try to think like Sara, the main character, it is about life and meaning of life. Then, you understand the real substance of what the author is transmiting using an emotional story. There is knowledge inside: how to start a business; how to not be consumed by your business; how to balance business with life; how to grow; how to be successful etc.
It is the true substance of the book that made me to upgrade from 3 to 4 stars.
This book is helping me understand how a clear vision for my life and new business will help me accommodate changing markets, staff roll over, and evolving partnerships. E-Myth has changd my perspective and goal -- to develop an enterprise with a clear mission, and to plan this business to thrive without me.
I am a small business owner just like the woman he describes in the book. After listening for 20 minutes I felt hope for my business, by the end of the book I had a plan in action to turn that hope into prosperity. This book saved my business and my sanity.
I cannot understand why there are negative comments for this book - it is one of the better foundational books for any small business person who wants their life back. I highly recommend it.
Excellent read and recommend listening to it once a year. Challenges small business owners to work yourself out of your job and to delegate. In order to build a self sufficient company with total freedom, one must develop systems that the "least" qualified employee in your organization can follow. It's all about the SYSTEMS in your company.
Say something about yourself!
I was going into this book with apprehension, a fear that this was yet another "I'll show you how it is done and you will live a great life forever". But I decided to buck the critic on audible who said it was awful and got it. Well I was surprised. It gives you the basics on running a business, a department, or anything...really. It shows you some of the obvious things that you never think about and then allows you to expand on them for yourself. It's a book that I have read a number of times...well listened to, but the first that I took notes on. E-Myth Mastery is next.
This book was *very* good. It's perfect for people who want to start a business. The author's narration was easy to listen to and really made the listening experience enjoyable.
I couldn't believe this book. It seemed like the author had a hidden camera into my life and my business. He knew everything about me! As he went through the stages of a new business, it was like as if he were telling my life story. His suggestions were timely and relevant. His methods were clear and easy to follow. I found this book to be particularly exciting and motivational. He reawakened the vitality in me that I had when I initially started my business. And most importantly, this book made me realize that my business ups and downs were not unique, and gave me hope that there was a way out. This is a perfect read for someone in the small, then big, then small again place in their business. However, I imagine it is relevant at any point in the growth of a small business. Hopefully you will read this book early so you can avoid some of the pitfalls he describes and I have already experienced. This is a MUST READ for any small business owner.
This book illustrates business ideas through a story between a teacher and a student, much like that of The Goal. But the author put too much effort into developing the characters and too little into teaching the business. There were lots on how Sarah smiles, and grins, and have the looks of someone on the verge of enlightenment, and on and on. There were lots on describing the pitfalls of the average business owner. But there were very little on solutions to solve these problems and almost no examples given to demonstrate how to apply the solutions in practical situation in day to day business.
The idea is to set up your business in a way you can put everything about the business in an operations manual. You need to do it in a way such that if someone else was given the manual, he/she will be able to run the exact same business. This way, your business will have repeatable and predictable results. If you were on vacation, someone else will be able to run the business with same results. The author spent may be 20 minutes on illustrating these ideas, and the rest of the 8 hours describing how excited Sarah became hearing these.
If you'd like to read about the touchy feelys, pick up a real novel. If you want to have practical ideas about how to run a business, pick up a real business book. If you'd like to spend 8 hours learning the ideas I've already outlined above, get this book.
"Small business owners - you must listen to this!"
We all get bogged down in the doing. This book explains why and what to do about it.
No, because you need to ponder the ideas being suggested. It's better to listen to a chapter, think and then move on. But you also want to go back and listen to it again.
"3rd time of reading, 1st time of listening."
A super business book.
If you run a small business as I do, read this book as it'll give you a reality check.
This audible version is easily the best format for this very worthwhile book.
Very sound advice for anyone running their own business.
"Insightful. The ideas behind the success of a small business. Your business."
A must read for all small businesses starting out and for those small businesses that have become all consuming and overwhelming. This book will give you the ideas needed to enable you to set up your business in the best possible way. Working on your business not in your business. Setting up the systems at the outset so that your business does not become another job, but once set up, allows you the freedom to live the life of your choosing.
"Every small business owner should listen"
This is a great book for small business owners. I run a number of businesses and advise many others (not as part of Emyth Worldwide, I should add!) and the themes covered in this book, the systems and processes it introduces are excellent. The only reason it isn't 5* is because the story is a little too sickly at times and the narration is too slow (like so many narrators). I listened on 1.25x to make it sound normal!
Excellent book, wish I read it rather than listened. Not a fan of the narration but I still took a lot away from this book.
The author is a great narrator. He is excellent at telling his story.
Even if you didn't own a small business it is an interesting audio book to listen to.
If you do own a small business he talks a lot of common sense which is mostly missing in this world.
"Wish I had read this 15 years ago!!"
Pretty much an essential book for anyone turning their love in to a business. I probably relate to it more in hindsight as I've made all the mistakes it's mentioned. I can now turn that all around.
A very easy to listen audiobook compared to most. I'll be listening to it again.
"An absolute must read book for small business"
As a small business owner , its almost as if this book was written for me , I have read lots of seemingly similar books , but this is completely different and really makes a difference,already started to make changes -Thank You
"A Massive Insight For Me!!"
I have learned so much from this book that I have now listened to it twice, and as I progress in scaling up my business I will listen to it again and again for clarity and direction.
I've been a self employed tree surgeon for 15 years working in London UK, and for the past 18 months I have struggled to decide where and what I should be doing next as I have hit a ceiling point in my career and need to expand my business to move forward.
I recommend this audio book to anybody that is now struggling to serve the amount of customers they may have, that spend too much time working in their business as opposed to on their business, or have found themselves overwhelmed with keeping up with the day to day running of their business.
I'm 100% certain that you will take away a lot information in this book.
Ok, so I love the ideas that are put across in this book. The idea of looking at your small business from the top down instead of from the bottom up is something I had been struggling with in my own business. The idea of building your business as you would do a franchise is another great idea. It allows for the business to be scalable and repeatable and for non-skilled operators to work for you and help you in bringing you vision to fruition. The author knows what he is talking about as he has built his own franchise business.So here's the BUT... as a previous reviewer mentioned, there are several mentions of the authors own business where they align you with a coach who will help you develop your business. My issue with this is that the coaches have paid to do a coaching course and become part of the e-myth brand, essentially purchasing an out of the box franchise business. They haven't done the work of an entrepreneur, building something from the very bottom. They have just bought into the authors vision and have bought themselves a job, the antithesis of what this book is telling you to do. How can an e-myth coach have the 'expertise' to pass on something they haven't done themselves unless they already done the work, are financially independent and do it as a calling to give back to others? I'm not saying that the coaching they provide definitely wouldn't work, I'm simply saying that it is pretty expensive to be coached and I feel like finding some good local business mentors and investing into more business books and education would be more worthwhile than having a middle man pass on second hand knowledge.That said, this book has made me look at my business in a different way and has made me go to work ON my business and not IN it.
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