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With The E-Myth Contractor, Michael E. Gerber launches a series of books that apply the E-Myth to specific types of small businesses. The first is aimed at contractors. This book reveals a radical new mind-set that will free contractors from the tyranny of an unprofitable, unproductive routine. With specific tips on topics as crucial as planning, money and personnel managem With The E-Myth Contractor, Michael E. Gerber launches a series of books that apply the E-Myth to specific types of small businesses. The first is aimed at contractors. This book reveals a radical new mind-set that will free contractors from the tyranny of an unprofitable, unproductive routine. With specific tips on topics as crucial as planning, money and personnel management, The E-Myth Contractor teaches readers how to: Implement the ingenious turnkey system of management—a means of creating a business prototype that reflects the business owner's unique set of talents and replicating and distributing them among employees and customers. Recognise and manage the four forms of money—income, profit, flow and equity. Harness the power of change to expand the company. The book also provides help on a larger level, leading readers towards becoming business visionaries by relinquishing tactical work and embracing strategic work, by letting go to gain control. Once put into action, Gerber's revolutionary ideas promise not only to help contractors build successful businesses, but successful lives as well.


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With The E-Myth Contractor, Michael E. Gerber launches a series of books that apply the E-Myth to specific types of small businesses. The first is aimed at contractors. This book reveals a radical new mind-set that will free contractors from the tyranny of an unprofitable, unproductive routine. With specific tips on topics as crucial as planning, money and personnel managem With The E-Myth Contractor, Michael E. Gerber launches a series of books that apply the E-Myth to specific types of small businesses. The first is aimed at contractors. This book reveals a radical new mind-set that will free contractors from the tyranny of an unprofitable, unproductive routine. With specific tips on topics as crucial as planning, money and personnel management, The E-Myth Contractor teaches readers how to: Implement the ingenious turnkey system of management—a means of creating a business prototype that reflects the business owner's unique set of talents and replicating and distributing them among employees and customers. Recognise and manage the four forms of money—income, profit, flow and equity. Harness the power of change to expand the company. The book also provides help on a larger level, leading readers towards becoming business visionaries by relinquishing tactical work and embracing strategic work, by letting go to gain control. Once put into action, Gerber's revolutionary ideas promise not only to help contractors build successful businesses, but successful lives as well.

30 review for The E-Myth Contractor: Why Most Contractors' Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

  1. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin

    E-MYTH: "So you're interested in being a profitable contractor, eh?" ME: "Yes, I've thought about starting a small business where I can provide quality construction services to my fellow citizens." E-MYTH: "Great I'm going to tell you how to make your business work. Please buy my book. [Book purchased] E-MYTH "So, this is the key -- 1. Create a system where you can work on your business, not in your business." ME: "Ok, how?" E-MYTH: "Buy my *other* book E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Business Don't E-MYTH: "So you're interested in being a profitable contractor, eh?" ME: "Yes, I've thought about starting a small business where I can provide quality construction services to my fellow citizens." E-MYTH: "Great I'm going to tell you how to make your business work. Please buy my book. [Book purchased] E-MYTH "So, this is the key -- 1. Create a system where you can work on your business, not in your business." ME: "Ok, how?" E-MYTH: "Buy my *other* book E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Business Don't Work And What To Do About it to learn about it." Me: "Oh no.. What have I done..." E-Myth: 2. You need to design a plan on how to run your business, execute your product, and execute your strategy. It's super important on how to do this. This will be the difference between running your business and your business running you. ME: ".... Ok, will you elaborate?" E-MYTH: "SEE: book E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Business Don't Work And What To Do About it to learn about it." ME: Yep, should have saw this coming..." E-MYTH: "Do you feel like your time is getting swallowed in blackhole?" ME: "Oh yes! This should be good. Yeah, I work as a project manager for a construction company now. It's hard to feel like I have a grip on my time." E-MYTH: "Perfect! This will really help -- Your time is really important. You're going to die one day and that day is quickly approaching. You should pick-up my book E-Myth Mastery. ME: Damn it! Come on! E-MYTH: Already lets dig into the details of running a construction company (i.e. estimating, project management, etc.). You should really do a good job at this. Be sure to estimate all your costs perfectly up front. In regards to project management, definitely run all your projects really well and always hit your TCD... Oh! And make the customer happy. That's always a good idea too. ME: (Sigh)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Raymond Green

    Quickly written and little to no substance I picked up this book as a new contractor and a very big fan of the E-Myth as a whole. Unfortunately - for me - it didn’t deliver anything of substance. Very short chapters with very little information gave me the impression this was a book hurriedly written and published for reasons other than providing value to readers. There were a few good quotes, but if you are familiar with E-Myth, absolutely nothing new. And if you aren’t, not enough information t Quickly written and little to no substance I picked up this book as a new contractor and a very big fan of the E-Myth as a whole. Unfortunately - for me - it didn’t deliver anything of substance. Very short chapters with very little information gave me the impression this was a book hurriedly written and published for reasons other than providing value to readers. There were a few good quotes, but if you are familiar with E-Myth, absolutely nothing new. And if you aren’t, not enough information to help so you need to go buy the actual book. On the upside the jack of information makes it an exceptionally quick read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Nugent

    One Word Review: Solid Michael Gerber has done it again. This is the third E Myth book I’ve read and while there are many similarities the author does a fantastic job differentiating the application of his ideas based on individual industry. The road map given in this book is unlike any other I’ve encountered for contractors and builders. The application of efficient management systems would make an enormous difference in the business of most contractors I know.

  4. 4 out of 5

    John

    If you've never read a business book and want to start your own business, this is an ok book to start with. Offers some good ideas, but no real information on how to implement them. Basically this book is just an infomercial for the writers E-Myth company. There are much better books out there, I would recommend those first.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chris Egress

    I could have started on this book in my business and I believe I would have a much better turn key product already.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Miguel Sanchez

    Essential reading for any entrepreneur.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jose Ortez

    A delight to read with plenty of insight Great read from front to back!!!!! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to run an efficient business.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Matt Austin

    Generally a good book emphasizing the need to create lasting business systems over running the business from one job to the next as the primary employee.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alaeddin Hallak

    Must read for would-be contractors

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Like the E-myth revisited from Michael Gerber this book is a must read for anyone running their own business. The big advantage of this book over the E-myth revisited is that it is more concise. This books takes the best bits from the E-myth revisited and condenses them into an easy to read, thought provoking way of looking at a business. In essence, most people in small business spend all their time doing the work, rather than building systems that allow other people to do the work for them. As Like the E-myth revisited from Michael Gerber this book is a must read for anyone running their own business. The big advantage of this book over the E-myth revisited is that it is more concise. This books takes the best bits from the E-myth revisited and condenses them into an easy to read, thought provoking way of looking at a business. In essence, most people in small business spend all their time doing the work, rather than building systems that allow other people to do the work for them. As a result they struggle to achieve the success and happiness that they desire. If you want a quick introduction to the methodology that is the E-myth then this is a great start. It will start you thinking about working on your business rather than in it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mr. Kovach

    An interesting and valuable business book, mostly about how to THINK about your BUSINESS rather than work at actually providing its services. The services will be provided by your SYSTEM, not by you directly. Your job is to envision what your business should become, and to employ replicable systems that will provide your customers service, in such a way that will grow your business according to your vision for it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    MsSmartiePants ...like the candy...

    This book is terrific and obviously addressed to contractors. This is the time to study these concepts! The temporary downturn and stagnation in construction and investment is an opportunity to hone skills which will improve the profitability and efficiency in your contracting business. This is a book which I have given as a gift because I believe in the author's premise strongly!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Barth Siemens

    This is a simple overview for running a business from the perspective of how to manage money and people to deliver a product. If a contractor was only prepared to read one book, then this one would be an OK resource. Anyone that has read management and financial books widely may find this book a bit thin.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michelle (Clover Hill Book Reviews)

    E Myth Contractor gave me food for thought. It's a very compact book, but is choc full with insights, guidance and stories on how businesses fail and succeed. As a virtual assistant this book is invaluable in aiding my business setup.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chase

    I didn't care much for this one. (At one point I was planning on breaking off on my own building foundations). This one really wasnt as helpful as I would have liked compared to the other two E-myths I read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Charles Benson

    Very good

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    If you are running or thinking of running a contracting business of any kind, you MUST read this book!!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dennis

    Starts out good, then very thin on content. very academic and not much tactical application. It does act as a good appendix to the original e-myth and helps the contractor to relate to that message.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    Good thought provoking book that I would strongly recommend to start up contractors. Avoid the mistakes I see 90% of the others make.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Philip

    a number of years ago books by this author were must reading in business circles. I think his time as past and there are better books out there.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Manase N

    every book that I have read from Mr. Gerber has been very important, this one is no exception

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Mast

    This is a must read for any contractor. Why am I in business for myself? This gives answers to those questions. Simple read in common English, but power packed with great business principles.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wayne

    I promise I'll give this book another star if it will just show up so I can return it to the library.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    Lots of truth Let's just say that I found a lot of truth in this book and there is a lot to learn from it

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris Bushnell

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tony

  27. 4 out of 5

    Steven D. Long

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shaun O'Neil

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jon Morningstar

  30. 4 out of 5

    Damon Urban

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