This podcast episode of The Tim Ferriss Show is coming up on the 11th anniversary of my first book, The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich. While there are parts written by my 29-year-old self that make me cringe, I’m both honored and amazed that it continues to strike a chord with so many.
Rather than re-editing the book and risking the loss of whatever made it work in the first place, I’d like to share case studies of people who have used it as a blueprint to build successful businesses as detailed in The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business by freelance journalist Elaine Pofeldt (@ElainePofeldt).
Much like 11 years ago, I hope this episode inspires more people to make a change for the better and accomplish more than they thought possible.
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SELECTED LINKS FROM THE EPISODE
- How to Build a Million-Dollar, One-Person Business — Case Studies from The 4-Hour Workweek (the guest blog post by Elaine Pofeldt)
- The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferrriss
- The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business: Make Great Money. Work the Way You Like. Have the Life You Want. by Elaine Pofeldt
- SciFi VC
- Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferriss
- 1,000 True Fans by Kevin Kelly
- Optimizely: The World’s Leading Experimentation Platform
- Willow & Everett
- Ideal Lifestyle Costing
- Noah’s Coffee Challenge and Flexing Your Courage Muscle by Scott Britton, Life-Long Learner
- How to Create Your Own Real-World MBA
- 99 Designs
- Maker’s vs. Manager’s Schedule
- Y Combinator
- The Email Game
- CubeFit TerraMat
- Willow & Everett Cold Brew Coffee Maker on Tap
- Science of Skill
- Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t by Verne Harnish
- Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You by John Warrillow
- The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber
- Tech Emergence
- Four Sigmatic Chaga Mushroom Elixir
- The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter F. Drucker
- NYC Charity Chocolate Chip Cookie Off
- Strand Book Store
- She’s the First
- Master Mind Talks
- Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big by Bo Burlingham
- Laszlo Nadler brings in more than $2 million a year with online store Tools4Wisdom. [11:16]
- Starting your own business doesn’t mean you have to abandon your full-time job before making sure it’s sustainable. [11:56]
- According to the US Census Bureau, what is (and what isn’t) a nonemployer firm? [12:30]
- Three things these businesses offer that elude most workers today. [13:22]
- The two paths entrepreneurs have traditionally taken, and the third path opened up by one-person businesses. [13:32]
- What’s driving the growth of the million-dollar, one-person business? [14:26]
- A shift in attitudes. [15:15]
- How do you get from where you are currently to enjoying the freedom of an entrepreneur? [15:50]
- Key questions to ask yourself first. [17:44]
- Solo businesses and partnerships that hit the million-dollar range typically fall into these six categories. [19:01]
- In spite of their differences, entrepreneurs generally have these practices in common. [19:35]
- Split-testing for profit. [21:24]
- Mastering the art of delegation. [24:22]
- The point of comfort challenges. [27:00]
- Your first entrepreneurial efforts don’t have to succeed — as long as you learn from them. [28:51]
- How outsourcing smaller tasks and decisions helps you focus on the bigger tasks and decisions of your business. [31:53]
- Making and managing require different schedules. [36:20]
- How observing these schedules has helped Ben and Camille Arneberg pursue further business opportunities. [40:05]
- Fewer distractions = more growth. [41:24]
- Two key ideas that helped Dan Faggella grow his revenue far beyond the average “nonemployer” business. [42:30]
- How I test potential candidates for a job. [43:28]
- How Dan Faggella ensured a smooth transition when selling his company (and why he would want to sell such a successful business in the first place). [46:03]
- Success through liberation — having the money to do things you want to do doesn’t matter if you don’t also have mobility. [48:14]
- How Sol Orwell chose a second-in-command to handle things when he goes off the grid. [53:21]
- What Sol does with his “free” time. [56:02]
- Rethinking scale and profit. [56:51]
- Why the story of the businessman and the fisherman resonated with “successful” entrepreneur Jayson Gaignard. [58:18]
- How a Seth Godin talk inspired Jayson’s next business venture. [1:02:02]
- Jamie Foxx
- BJ Miller
- Esther Perel
- Roger Bannister
- Elaine Pofeldt
- Laszlo Nadler
- Eric Scott
- Max Levchin
- Henry Ford
- Kevin Kelly
- Ben Arneberg
- Camille Arneberg
- Noah Kagan
- Paul Graham
- Jack Dorsey
- Dan Faggella
- Sol Orwell
- Jayson Gaignard
- Seth Godin
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