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Company of One

Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business
Written by: Paul Jarvis
Narrated by: Paul Jarvis
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
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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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Excellent

I’m a small business owner and struggle with the whether I should expand my staff to grow or look for ways to maintain my size but grow my revenue more slowly.

I’m glad to hear someone else say the measure of success isn’t size of your company/revenue but the happiness of yourself and staff.

4 stars for performance only because it felt a little stammering at times. I’m guessing it was the first time narrating.

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Great book

Inspiring and practical. highly recommend to entrepreneur who want to build a meaningful business that aligns with their personal values.

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Crazy good book

Really loving the effort and thought put into this book. Would highly recommend to everyone starting or being in a business venture that are questioning whether or not your should grow bigger or BETTER. Mind blown.

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  • Mira Krishnan
  • 2019-01-21

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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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-04-22

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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  • Lukosa
  • 2019-03-07

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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  • Zach Hodgson
  • 2019-07-02

Must read for budding entrepreneurs

I quit my job 4 months ago to become a company of one. I don't usually do reviews, but this book was a great read and will definitely be reading many many more times.

Thank you Paul!

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  • Angelica
  • 2019-06-16

Amazing!!!

this is a book, I love and learn from often. thank you Paul Jarvis EXCELLENT READ

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  • A. Yoshida
  • 2019-06-08

Okay tips for self-employed or side gig

The author lives in Canada where healthcare is affordable and becoming self-employed or starting a small business can be a realizable dream. In the US where the cost of healthcare insurance is outrageous, it would be risky to quit a corporate job to be your own boss. Some of the tips are good whether you're self-employed or have a side gig (like finding your purpose, listening to customers, creating better products, and building trust in your brand). The main point is to stay small and agile so that you can continue creating better products. When demand for your products go up, you charge more until demand levels off to the amount of work you can handle as a small business. Don't make the mistake of becoming preoccupied with growing the company (which comes with increased debt, complexity, and bureaucracy). Ultimately, it leads to losing touch with customers and getting surpassed by smaller, agile competitors who are making better products.

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  • Brion Hurley
  • 2019-05-26

Challenging the concept of growth

Paul gives many good reasons why we should rethink company growth, and how we need to focus on profitability and customer service first. He is not against growth when deliberate and due to customer demand

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  • Adnan Maddix
  • 2019-05-21

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
  • 2019-05-14

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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  • Pierre
  • 2019-05-14

Wow.

This book is packed with nuggets of wisdom. It questions some core cultural idealogies and behaviors that most of us take for granted (that growth and greater financial hain should always be pursued), and holistically looks at business in the context of the rest of life.

I read a lot of business books but this is one of those mindset shifting, rewire-your-brain ones. And all written / read in an approachable, conversational tone. I'm gonna be recommending this to pretty much anyone remotely interested in business.