The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris is one of the most important books that I have read this year. I like it so much that I am reading it again and have also bought it as an audio book from audible. Why?
Ferriss pulls together multiple threads and multiple ideas from dozens of books, workshops and programs. Creating a blue print for a key goal that many are working towards: Design a work-style that does not require you to trade your time for money. His occcasional irreverence and seemingly off-the-cuff comments might offend some people, but ultimately his ideas are sound.
Timothy Ferriss also seems to have internalized the ideas from another must read book for entrepreneurs and small business people called The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It" by Timothy Gerber
My apologies, if I simply sound like a sales-person for these two books. But when I started reading them a week ago, I was so impressed that I cleared off my calendar and spent 3 entire days reading them and taking notes. The ideas are crucial for business people creating in the internet age.
One small question that I will leave you with. Consider your business as a separate entity. That is, something that can and probably should, be functional and profitable with or without you. And, YES, what I just wrote can apply if you are a sole-practitioner like I am. Here's the question:
What systems does your business need to have in place so that it could make money and be profitable without you having to be there and run it?
That question is at the heart of the books by Ferris and Gerber and ultimately what a succesful internet business can provide you.