Entrepreneur, Manager, or Technician?

There should be a class in high school just to study great quotes.

“The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

“You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.” ~ Sam Levenson

I wish someone had pulled me aside in my twenties and forced me to read several books about starting and running a business. O so many bruises would have been avoided from my own stubborn trial-and-error approach. Introverted, headstrong and stubborn… I have made many mistakes along the way. Don’t do it the way I did. Save time, money, and heartache by leveraging the wisdom of others. The small business books below will save you time and scar tissue… if you apply them.

Read This First

The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber

This classic work explores our real motivation for leaping into the world of the self-employed.  Gerber delivers tons of practical wisdom to help you reduce the scars of trial and error.

Timeless principles are delivered in and around the story of Sarah, who is cajoled by her friends into starting her own business.

Before she knows it, Sarah is overwhelmed and miserable. Gerber joins her as the consultant in the story and explains the various hats that every solopreneur must were in order to conduct business:

  • Entrepreneur
  • Manager
  • Technician

Read this book to get a full, mature view of what it means to start and build a business, delivered in a winsome way with concrete, practical steps to follow.

Are you a Contractor?

If your business revolves around contracting or consulting, also consider…

The E-Myth Contractor by Michael Gerber

In this follow-up to his earlier E-Myth book, Gerber unpacks the special challenges of those in the contracting & consulting trades.

Every aspect of a contract business is covered, including:

  • Money Management
  • Job Estimation
  • Work Systems
  • Sub-contractors

… and much more, told in Gerber’s  practical and approachable style.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is from the estimator on site in a prospect’s kitchen. He says to the woman asking about an estimate: “We don’t give estimates. We make promises.” So good.

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