Full disclosure: I know Ryan. I'm in the book. This is a biased review.
Even with a little bit of "star inflation", I still highly recommend this book.
- Own an online business
- Are thinking of starting a online business
- Are thinking about thinking about an online business
- Are depressed by your day job and have no vision for a better future...
Then you'll find value in this book. Value well worth the $15 for the paperback and few hours of reading time. (It's a quick, easy read with zero fluff, unlike most business books.)
As for criticisms, not everything in this book will be for everybody. There may be parts that don't apply to you depending on your situation. But, everything is neatly organized so you can skip or skim to the next section and not miss anything. I don't think Ryan would mind! ;)
I've started more online businesses than I can count and have been in the game for nearly a decade, and I still learned a lot from Parallel Entrepreneur: growth plateaus for SAAS businesses, best practices for bookkeeping, pricing ideas, preventing churn, etc., etc. I've already put these into practice.
Plus, this book motivated me to start working on the business I've been thinking about starting "5-10 years from now". What better time than now?
Look, this isn't Moby Dick or The Illiad. But if you do business online then I guarantee you will learn something in this book that will be HUGE to you when you put it into practice.
Give it a read, and follow Ryan's author profile on Amazon. If his book writing is anything like his business practices, he's already got 5+ more books in the work. I'm already looking forward to the next one!