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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; Reprint edition (7 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060938463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060938468
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael E. Gerber is a true legend of entrepreneurship. INC. magazine called him "the World's #1 Small Business Guru." He is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Michael E. Gerber Companies—a group of highly unique enterprises dedicated to creating world-class start-ups and entrepreneurs in every industry and economy—a company that transforms the way small business owners grow their companies and which has evolved into an empire over its history of nearly three decades.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phil Morse on 14 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
At just over 100 pages, this book reiterates Michael Gerber's central idea that owners should work on their businesses rather than in them.

However, it is not something that necessarily applies well to contractors. If by "contractor" we mean anyone who quotes for and does project work, we are including craftspeople with our plumbers and electricians, kitchen fitters and builders. The book points out that as "technicians", many such folk are bad at running their businesses. That they need structure, planning, consistency, marketing and motivated staff to take the reins and implement rules and systems to take the strain off themselves. True, but if the business owner is happy with his one-man band, not really applicable.

Gerber suggests refusing to do any work that can't be quoted for exactly, as if you can't do this, you are in the wrong business. But I am sure many contractors would argue that some jobs CAN'T be quoted for exactly. Who's going to do them? Not an e-myth business, according to Mr Gerber. Standardise and expand and refuse custom jobs seems to be what he says.

I am a big fan of Michael Gerber, but here he stretches his concept a bit far for me. I feel that while this would be an interesting read for contractors, it is not an essential one. Interestingly though, in my business - a web agency - the idea of concentrating on simple products that people need that we can deliver better than anyone else and quoting for them for exactly is actually appealing, even though this book is not aimed at the likes of me.

As with all Mr Gerber's books that I've read, then, I got something from it. Just not as much as some of the others. Still, worth reading if you are a contractor and you haven't read E-myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
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Brilliant Advice - Wish I read this in year 1 of my business start up, instead of year 7!

But I am now starting to grow into other sectors, so even this long into my business, there were LOADS of tips that I needed to apply with immediate effect.
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By Jon789 on 16 Oct. 2014
Format: Paperback
I think you are better off reading Emyth revisited, there is nothing new here.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a one good idea repeated book. Though as a contractor i know only to well that the point being made is so misunderstood by contractors. To many technicians are brillant technicians and useless business people. I feel that too many potential contractors will buy this book and still fail to see the importance good financial planning and cash flow control. The book is worth buying but listen to what is being said and ask yourself so hard questions.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Weak summary of the E-Myth Revisited. 8 Nov. 2004
By Jake E. Baloian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a watered down version of the E-myth Revisited, which is a good book. The E-Myth Contactor - is a summary of M. Gerber's program with "contractor stories." There is no true insight into the contactor industry. My guess is this is the 1st of many books focusing on specific industries. My advice is to skip this book, just purchase Gerber's E-Myth Revisited & make the connections yourself.
40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
It puts a hook in your mouth. 21 Oct. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is filled with wonderful ideas and philosophies. They all make sense and seem to put you on the path to the realization of your goals. The problem is that not all the keys to making the ideas work that you could actually put into practice are provided in the book. The idea of the book seems to be to get the reader excited and then point them to a web site where one can sign up for classes (at a healthy fee) to learn the fundementals of the systems and how to put them to use. The limited scope of the book was no doubt designed to provide the author, Mr. Gerber, with more income than he receives just through book sales. I would be very cautious before getting hooked because the "rest of the story" is provided in a lengthy process that is quite expensive.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Same content - different package 6 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed the E-Myth Revisited. I thought there was a lot of good material and direction for me to follow.
I was excited to see that the author was coming out with a contractor version that I hoped would fit my company even better. I was disappointed to find that it really wasn't much more than the first book, somewhat refocused.
Between reading the two books, I contacted the company to see about using their consulting services. It became clear to me that the principles presented in the books, which they ask business operators to live up to, are not implemented in the E-Myth company very well at all. - Very disappointing.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Good but not necessarily great 21 Sept. 2005
By P. F. Molloy - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the original E-Myth very much, though it was painful too as I recognised all my own mistakes in business over the years. I found this particular volume just a tad too new-age in places for my own liking. It is also, like so many small (the book, that is) business-help books, a little on the glib side, making the issues out to be rather easy to solve whereas entrepreneurship is somewhat more challenging in reality, and not quite as formulaic as the author might have us believe. But there's still a lot of truth in it too, and it is easily read, with some good lessons to take from it. Certainly worth both the purchase price and the time it takes to read.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not worth the time or money 4 Feb. 2007
By D. Montgomery - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book repeats a few of the strategies presented in "The E-Myth Revisted", trying to point them at the contractor. Unfortunately, except for a couple of good ideas from that book, there is nothing here but fluff and pep talk. At one point, I think you can actually tell where material was cut-and-pasted from the sister book about medical practices, where they accidentally forgot to change "practice" to "contracting business".

If you found some chapters of the "The E-Myth Revisted" to be a bit fluffy for you, you can count on an entire (although short) book of it here. Very dissapointing and not particularly useful.
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