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Company of One

Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business
Narrated by: Paul Jarvis
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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What if the real key to a richer and more fulfilling career was not to create and scale a new start-up, but rather, to be able to work for yourself, determine your own hours, and become a (highly profitable) and sustainable company of one? Suppose the better - and smarter - solution is simply to remain small? This book explains how to do just that.

Company of One is a refreshingly new approach centered on staying small and avoiding growth, for any size business. Not as a freelancer who only gets paid on a per piece basis, and not as an entrepreneurial start-up that wants to scale as soon as possible, but as a small business that is deliberately committed to staying that way. By staying small, one can have freedom to pursue more meaningful pleasures in life and avoid the headaches that result from dealing with employees, long meetings, or worrying about expansion. Company of One introduces this unique business strategy and explains how to make it work for you, including how to generate cash flow on an ongoing basis.

Paul Jarvis left the corporate world when he realized that working in a high-pressure, high profile world was not his idea of success. Instead, he now works for himself out of his home on a small, lush island off of Vancouver, and lives a much more rewarding and productive life. He no longer has to contend with an environment that constantly demands more productivity, more output, and more growth.

In Company of One, Jarvis explains how you can find the right pathway to do the same, including planning how to set up your shop, determining your desired revenues, dealing with unexpected crises, keeping your key clients happy, and of course, doing all of this on your own.

©2019 Paul Jarvis (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • Ian Wagner
  • 25-07-19

Not all that fresh

This was disappointing, and came across as somewhat amateurish in style. I’m surprised it was rated so highly. The advice wasn’t bad per se, but it was far from original. The book lacked depth, was highly repetitive, and, while underpinned by good ideas, did not communicate them very well.

Additionally, the performance was pretty terrible. Apparently Audible is a self publishing shop now? The narration was full of odd pauses, strange inflections, and just didn’t flow well at all.

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  • A M
  • 21-05-19

Dont bother

Really disappointed, refered via a podcast dont waste your time listening. all he discusses are other peoples lives using basic formulas. Its more like a history book then any new ideas

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  • Mark
  • 14-05-19

Repetitive and predominantly common sense

This book could probably have been cut in half with no reduction in content. Contained mostly self-evident comments about good customer service driving high retention. Also found the usage of large, venture-backed businesses that have never been profitable as examples to be very odd given the thesis of the book. Overall would not recommend.

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  • Mira Krishnan
  • 21-01-19

Captures my biz philosophy and gives me guideposts

I started my company of one three years ago. I reached viability quickly in the first year, had increased well beyond my highest salary in the second year, and continued double digit growth in the third, staying cashflow positive and profitable throughout as I expanded. I am at the phase where my business is and will remain viable. I can continue carefully growing, but I am ambivalent at best about adding employees, and I want to be more selective and continue tailoring to the work I find most engaging. I am also exploring the issue of moving from service delivery (all of my revenue is my own direct service and expertise) to developing monetizable associated products. My business represents my personality and beliefs, but I am also trying to figure out how to continue defining those and aligning the business to the beliefs. So this book is really perfectly timed for me. This book could have more details tailored to where I am at, but I think it's enough of an entre that I will check out Paul's podcast and community. I also recommended this book to a small circle of women entrepreneurs I'm in (almost all of whom are companies of one) for discussion and I can't wait to talk about it with them. The details for people just beginning are better, but of course I didn't have this book three years ago!

I think it might have been advisable for Paul to use a professional narrator but given the content and premise I also understand why he did it himself. There is some odd halting and there are awkward pauses, but at the same time it's his voice, and so it makes sense that it's his voice. I would have done the same, so I cannot blame him much.

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  • Lukosa
  • 07-03-19

not for entrepreneurs

feels like the author's editor forced him to make it applicable to people working for large companies. I rarely don't finish a book but this one was a big disappointment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-19

Actuation was odd

The book is read with a lot of odd pauses. Like the sentence was going to end, but it doesn't.
Content was great. A fresh view on how to approach growth in business.

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  • Matthew
  • 08-11-19

One of the best books I've had for business

Thee author goes into great details and examples of how to have a profitable without overdoing it and potentially losing your business off, with real life examples and ideas that you can put it into play right away. I would recommend this for anyone just thinking about starting a business, or is a small business and looking to grow.

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  • H. de Gyor
  • 06-11-19

Thinking of starting a company of one?

Everyone thinking of starting a company of one should listen to this audiobook and learn something they may have overlooked. This audiobook read by the author is very thought through with lots of examples of successes, challenges and failures when focusing on growth instead of sustainability. This will help you focus on what really matters for your small business

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  • ALISTAIR
  • 26-09-19

Banal

This is the same generic platitudes somehow rephrased repeatedly to fill out a whole book. Waste of your time if you already have heard the advice: “think creatively about problems” because he repeats that exact phrase ad nausea.

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  • Denys Kulyk
  • 17-09-19

Good overview of methods, yet little depth

The boos seems like a great way to get overall idea of what it takes to run a company of one. I like that it talks a lot about simplicity, agile and streamlined workflows.

However, all of those things seemed like a common knowledge to me at this point after working at a startup. Thus, I learned very little.

I would recommend this book to anyone starting to think about their business and company of one. If you already run one, there are other books you might find beneficial.