The E-Myth Contractor has been a source of inspiration for many 3 Day Kitchen & Bath Dealers.
Our dealers used to be hard-working contractors (Michael Gerber's, "The E-Myth Contractor" would call them 'technicians') who had no money and no family time, and couldn't see how things would change in the future. Each one realized that they needed to distinguish themselves, and offer a unique service that would make them different from every other contractor in town.
The E-Myth Contractor points out, right in the beginning, that most businesses are started by highly qualified technicians who "fire the boss." Unfortunately, as The Who sang in "Won't Get Fooled Again", "Meet the new boss . . . same as the old boss", becomes their new reality. They don't have the freedom, the prosperity, or the time for their families that they thought would come with owning their own business.
Our dealer group read the book again recently. We had some great discussions as Michael Gerber stressed that small business owners must watch their own money! Gerber also wrote about the importance of relationships with sub-contractors, suppliers, and workers.
Here are some of the most important principles we found in The E-Myth Contractor:
Even though all of the Amazon book reviews aren't five stars, we recommend it to our dealers and our friends. It's a great book!
Of course, The E-Myth Contractor is not Michael Gerber's only book, or the only good business book for contractors. The Power Point, and the The E-Myth Revisited are worth the read. They are in the same class as Steven R. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which we also study and apply in our business. Of course, Ken Blanchard also has some great books that go hand-in-hand with The E-Myth Contractor. High Five, Raving Fans, Gung Ho!, and Big Bucks, all by Blanchard, are great for learning about customer service.
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