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The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do about It

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A "must buy" for the sole practitioner or small business

You need to buy this book if you're a small business person or a sole practitioner or artist of any sort thinking of starting a small business. Gerber has a very important concept that is so often overlooked: to turn yourself from an artisan to a business person, you ...
You need to buy this book if you're a small business person or a sole practitioner or artist of any sort thinking of starting a small business. Gerber has a very important concept that is so often overlooked: to turn yourself from an artisan to a business person, you need to stop working IN your business and start working ON your business.

The best way, he says, to think of this is to imagine if you had to "franchise" your business. Is the way you're doing things systematic enough that it can be replicated all over the country? In reality, of course, the odds that you WILL franchise your business are negligible, but the same method of thinking will allow you to:
...expand your business to include more employees
...allow you to go on VACATION with a free and easy conscience
....allow someone else to pick up the slack if you fall ill.

There are some other good points in here (the value of consistency, etc.) A definite must read for the small business owner.

Having said all this, I am not really sure why Gerber "revisited" his original E-myth. If you can find a copy of the original, it was even better, lacking the superfluous "sarah" character who mars and confuses this revised edition slightly.

posted by HyperionDn on December 31, 2009

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Peaks Early

Bought this book on the recommendation of a friend who is also starting his own company. Don't get me wrong--it's full of lots of helpful information. It's also full of lots of superflulous crap. The book does a really good job of building up to the point o...
Bought this book on the recommendation of a friend who is also starting his own company. Don't get me wrong--it's full of lots of helpful information. It's also full of lots of superflulous crap. The book does a really good job of building up to the point of making the reader realize s/he has to make changes in her/his company, then when it starts to give advice on how to make and impliment those changes, it backs down. Unfortunately, this happens 2/3 of the way through and you're left reading the last 1/3 of the book, hoping to come across something useful and don't. It's like in high school where you write 'he was a very very very very very big man' to try and get the paper's word count in. You get the feeling that somebody's just trying to get the word count in. So, worth a skim, but not a read. Check it out from the library don't buy it.

posted by Anonymous on August 1, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2006

    Good for Students

    I am young and have not graduated college yet, but can't keep from thinking about owning my own business someday. I found this to be a great read simply b/c it was informative on an issue that I have no experience with. Overall it's a good starter book for those interested in running a business.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2006

    Important concepts for all business owners in this book

    The e-myth deals with the concept of working 'in' your business and working 'on' your business. Most entrepreneurs do not realize the difference and end up spending their time trying to do it all only to wind up exhausted and wondering why they got into their business in the first place. I think this book does a good job of explaining what business owners need to understand in order to ensure the success of their business.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2005

    If you want to work yourself to death in your business don't read this book.

    Michael Gerber is a profoundly insightful entrepeneur. The E-Myth Revisited will help you focus on the mechanics of your business so that you can forget about them. His style is easy to read but incredibly impactful. You'll spend weeks afterwards realizing how much to implement. I personally used this system to build my company.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2004

    Not to answer questions, but to raise them

    This is a worthwhile read for any small business owner. The author makes the point that (if I may paraphrase Shakespeare) he comes not to answer questions but to raise them. And this he does, forcefully and persuasively. He has the 'Technician' small business owner pegged perfectly, and anyone who does not recognize this person in himself is probably self-deluded. Gerber uses the Business Format Franchise idea as the framework with which to describe what is otherwise known as Business Process Re-engineering, and it is very effective. It succeded in making me look at my own enterprise from a different perspective. Where the book lets the reader down is that it takes him along a path to the door of the author's consulting firm, leaving him with the aftertaste of an infomercial. On the whole, however, I consider this a 'must read'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Great refresher with some good new tools

    Enjoyed the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2009

    Must read for new entrepreneurs

    Great book for small business owners. Michael Gerber writes with statistics, coaching/consulting style along with a storyline. It's a great read for young entrepreneurs.

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