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The E-Myth Contractor: Why Most Contractors' Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It [Paperback]

Michael E Gerber
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Book Description

June 5 2003

E-Myth \ 'e-,'mith\ n 1: the entrepreneurial myth: the myth that most people who start small businesses are entrepreneurs 2: the fatal assumption that an individual who understands the technical work of a business can successfully run a business that does that technical work

In The E-Myth Contractor, bestselling author Michael Gerber reveals a radical mind-set that will free contractors from the tyranny of the unprofitable, unproductive, and perpetual routine -- doing everything that needs to get done, themselves.

The E-Myth Contractor will teach you how to:

  • implement the ingenious turn-key system, a means of creating a business model that produces consistent, predictable results
  • recognize, understand, and manage the four factors of money -- income, profit, flow, and equity -- and understand the impact of each in your business
  • transform your company and your people while enabling the firm to grow exponentially without your having to be there all the time.
  • Drawing on thirty years of experience working with tens of thousands of small-business owners, Gerber provides revolutionary, practical, and enlightening insights on how to produce the best real-world results on the job, in the field, and in a contractor's life.


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    Despite the single letter at the heart of its hyphenated title, The E-Myth Contractor isn't another book about e-commerce. Instead, like previous entries in Michael E. Gerber's popular series, it focuses on a different e-word--entrepreneur--and the fact that most of us who go into business for ourselves are doomed to fail because we really don't understand business. This time, Gerber lays out the basics for starry-eyed newly self-employed contractors who know everything about their trade but precious little about being a boss. "I don't try to tell you how to do the work you do," he writes at the outset. "Rather, I share with you some profound insights into how great businesspeople think." In his easy-to-understand manner, Gerber explains the concept of Strategic Thinking and how it "will enable you to create a business that works apart from you instead of because of you." He addresses key topics like money, people, management and growth with an eye toward making related functions run seamlessly and effectively as we build our independent enterprises into true companies that have inherent value whether we stay involved or ultimately hand them off to eager buyers. Taken to heart, it could save more than a few worthy ventures as well as the people behind them. --Howard Rothman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    From Publishers Weekly

    In a work that is slight in both size and content, consultant Gerber (The E-Myth; The E-Myth Revisited) makes one compelling point: entrepreneurs (the "E" in his title) need to draw a clear distinction between the work they do and the business they have created and are in charge of. If they don't, all they will have is a job and not a company. As Gerber correctly puts it, "The value of your equity is directly proportional to how well your business works. And how well your business works is directly proportional to the effectiveness of the systems you have put into place." Had he then talked specifically about how readers can create and implement those systems how to hire, price, subcontract and the like his book could have been an extremely valuable tool. Instead, he gives contractors of all sizes general advice concerning the need to create turnkey systems and manage their time with few real suggestions about how to do it. The overall tone is supportive of entrepreneur contractors, and the book may be of some help to contractors just starting out.

    Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

    --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars It puts a hook in your mouth. Oct. 21 2003
    By A Customer
    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.
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    2.0 out of 5 stars I don't like anecdotes March 1 2014
    By k3nt
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This book is full of anecdotes. I don't learn well by reading them. Far too skeptical to take anecdotes seriously and didn't get anything from the book. I understand that lots of people love anecdotes and that they learn well from them. This book is for them. Not me.
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    1.0 out of 5 stars Pure Fluff Oct. 14 2013
    By Berry
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    As a professional contractor, this book was a disappointment. For those with limited time, which is everyone these days, this was a total waste of time. This book is nothing more than a sales gimmick to promote the author's alternate business. Save your time and your money - move on.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars This book breathes life into a business May 27 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This is the first of many times I will read this book, very insightful. I am very enthusiastic about committing these principles to my current business. Looking forward to identifying where I really see my business going.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Another "Tool" for your Toolbelt! May 31 2002
    By C.B.G.
    Format:Hardcover
    I have recently finished reading The E-Myth Contractor "Why Most Contractors' Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It" (for the second time) and once again Michael Gerber (author of E-Myth Revisited) "hits the nail on the head." Not only does the E-Myth Contractor motivate and inspire, it provides simple "tools" that will help you put your business and life into perspective -- Michael Gerber suggests, "that they are one in the same!" The E-Myth Contractor is well written, to-the-point and an easy read. In this book, you will find out what makes most companies successful and how you can apply those principles and systems to your business.
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    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another of Micheals Great Books June 21 2002
    Format:Hardcover
    His tremendous ability to see through the mental tunnel vision we all have as business owners is unbeliveably beneficial to us all. This book continues to reveal us to what I am personally experiencing, his results oriented, methodical and proven E-Myth Mastery Program. This book is fantastic and helps contrator business owners get a taste of his ideas and processes. It prepares the business owner for what each contractor should go through - The Emyth Mastery Program. This program is unquestionably the world's best business development program. I have been in the program for over 10 months and I have seen substantial improvement in my operations of my business. I look forward to reaching my Primary Aim by utilizing everything I have learned from Micheals books and programs in the years to come!!
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    4.0 out of 5 stars eye opener March 27 2004
    Format:Paperback
    If you're starting a business, any business, the contents are a must for you. It looks outside the box and makes you think from the correct prospective of a business owner. I agree with the previous reviewer stating that it is just a "hook" to get you to buy into the more expensive, and extensive, e-Myth program. Take this book for what it is. Lots of good learning tools.
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    Most recent customer reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome extenstion to his other books
    Gerber's books on the EMyth should be required reading in MBA schools and should be provided free by all CPA's of the world. Read more
    Published on June 3 2002 by John C. Dunbar
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another Tool for Your Toolbelt
    I have recently finished reading The E-Myth Contractor "Why Most Contractors' Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It" (for the second time) and once again Michael Gerber... Read more
    Published on May 31 2002 by Kurt G.
    1.0 out of 5 stars Too Many Chiefs
    I was initially impressed when I first started reading Gerber.
    He quickly captures your attention with well described scenarios
    of everyday business problems. Read more
    Published on May 21 2002 by Carolyn G. Billick
    5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy extension to the E-Myth curriculum
    I profess to being a big fan of Michael Gerber. The E-Myth is the master mentoring program... while pricey, it is resonant with the human spirit, and its principles are grounded... Read more
    Published on April 21 2002 by Christopher
    1.0 out of 5 stars Same content - different package
    I thoroughly enjoyed the E-Myth Revisited. I thought there was a lot of good material and direction for me to follow. Read more
    Published on April 5 2002
    4.0 out of 5 stars The E-myth Contractor
    I enjoyed this book. It really gets you thinking about how your business should be operated and opened my eyes to how little I was paying attention to the most important aspects of... Read more
    Published on Feb. 23 2002
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