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Company of One : Why Staying Small is the Next Big Thing for Business

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What if the real key to a richer and more fulfilling career was not to create and scale up a new business, 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?

Company of One is a refreshing new approach centered on staying small and avoiding growth, for any size of 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 up as soon as possible, but as a small business that is deliberately committed to staying that way. By staying small, you 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, 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 do the same, including planning to set up, determining desired revenues and keeping clients happy, and of course, doing all this on your own.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 19mm | 356g
  • Portfolio Penguin
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241380227
  • 9780241380222
  • 142

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This is a revolutionary idea for our times: build your business based on your values. There's nothing small about that. This book is a treasure -- Mitch Joel * Author of SIX PIXELS OF SEPARATION & CTRL ALT DELETE * Company of One is the next frontier for less is more -- Richard Koch * bestselling author of The 80/20 Principle and Simplify * A bright, useful entry in the small-is-beautiful genre -- Kirkus Reviews You are not alone with Company of One. If, like so many others, you're setting out to take on the world by yourself, then welcome to the best company there is, your own -- Sam Conniff Allende * author of Be More Pirate * Company of One will give you invaluable insights to focus on the purposeful, interesting, and impactful work you actually love doing, right alongside permission to stop blindly chasing growth by defining success on your own terms -- Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson * Authors of BEING BOSS * There's not one, right way. Only your way. Paul's book, Company of One, can help you find your way -- Ben Chestnut * CEO and Founder of MailChimp * Paul Jarvis will help you open your eyes to a broader, wiser definition of growth. One of learning, one of betterment, one of contentment ... The most important ingredient is a new worldview. Company of One can give you just that -- David Heinemeier Hansson * Creator of RUBY ON RAILS and founder of BASECAMP * Paul is the savviest sole proprietor I know. This book is a permission slip to reject tired corporate business advice in favour of a smaller, slower, more personal approach -- Jocelyn K. Glei * Host of HURRY SLOWLY * Your business can thrive with less! Company of One is an riveting, lucidly written guide to run a successful minimalist business -- Joshua Fields Millburn * Author of THE MINIMALIST * The default equation of more = better in business isn't working anymore. If you want to build something that matters, make a difference for your family and the world, and actually enjoy what you do, Company of One offers the inspiration and step by step actions that will change the way you do business, and the way you do life -- Courtney Carver * bestselling author of SOULFUL SIMPLICITY * You're not a machine, so why would you run your business like one? Company of One shows you another way. If you've ever wondered how to have a business that works for you-instead of the other way around-you need this book -- Chris Guillebeau * bestselling author of SIDE HUSTLE and THE $100 STARTUP * Jarvis makes a compelling case for making your business better instead of bigger. A must-read for any entrepreneur who prioritizes a rich life over riches -- Cal Newport * bestselling author of DEEP WORK *
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About Paul Jarvis

As a corporate tech designer and internet consultant, Paul Jarvis spent years working with professional athletes like Warren Sapp, Steve Nash and Shaquille O'Neal with their online presence, and with large companies like Yahoo, Microsoft, Mercedes-Benz and Warner Music. He then migrated to working with online entrepreneurs like Marie Forleo, Danielle LaPorte and Kris Carr to help build their brands. Since becoming a company of one, he spends his time writing, podcasting, and creating online courses for more than 13,500 students. He lives with his wife on an island off the coast of Vancouver.
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