• Company of One

  • Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business
  • By: Paul Jarvis
  • Narrated by: Sam Woolf
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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By: Paul Jarvis
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Company of One by Paul Jarvis, read by Sam Woolf. 

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 centred on staying small and avoiding growth for any size business. Not as a freelancer who gets paid only 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 realised 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. 

©2019 Paul Jarvis (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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Some pretty good ideas, but no financial freedom

I enjoyed this book a lot. Some ideas (from stories) was actually awesome as well as the concept of helping the customers one by one and don't focus on super growth and new customers only. My only problem was that the author din't show how to apply these strategies to achieve a financial freedom. Some of the advices actually contradict the idea of financial freedom, but I am sure that there is a way to combine these in real life.

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The right stuff for every free and skilled spirit

A roadmap on how to put your skills to work for you and the things you enjoy in your life and not the big or any other boss.

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Good use of my listening time

Really good job illustrating the need to map our personal and company values to business size and growth

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  • James
  • 04-03-19

Great but cultural intrusions

Overall a very tight & interesting piece of writing in a sea of ra-ra self help books.

One piece that personally annoyed me is the author would, now and again, use the feminist trope of muh-white-men bad; which the narrator would translate into the most annoying "oh my god these annoying white men" voice.
It's basic sexism and relies on the worn out and disproved notion that men are somehow repressing women in a sea of big businesses instilling quotas, events, groups and policies against them. God forbid there are biological differences between the two groups.

I think this was unnecessary of an author who either believes academic feminist research or is trying to score brownie points for them - either should be pointed out.

Other than that, a good book, easily listenable - some points are obvious and laboured but you really can't fault that as the author makes clear each aspect of the concept. A lot more interesting than a lot of business / self improvement books out there! Overall, big value add.

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  • 10-26-19

title is misleading

As a solo-preneur I looking forward to this but it cites the same examples as so many other 'new economy' books I have read. (e.g. Bernadette Jiwa's books, The $100 Dollar Start Up, Habit books etc) Do they all HAVE TO mention Casper Mattresses? Nothing against Casper but again? also they are NOT a company of one! So many of this author's examples are about companies who are just that, firms that employ lots of people. At the end he does talk a little about his own business but in general terms. I have already figured out a lot of stuff on my own and was looking for a book that helped guide me as I progress on my journey both with practical advice and with examples of other people who genuinely work for themselves and are looking to build on that towards a sustainable, profitable and enjoyable business experience; a real behind the scenes of what it is like physically, emotionally and financially to really be a Company of One. Very disappointing. I will return this one.

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  • Chris
  • 02-26-19

Good introduction to lifestyle business

While much of this references to other books that’s not necessarily a bad think, unfortunately for me I have read most of these and story was more introduction than reinforcing. Would definitely recommend to someone starting not so much for people who have read a few business books. That said the initial arguments for staying small are good and worth a read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-21-22

Narrator Emphasizes Every Damn Thing

How little faith you have, dear narrator, in my ability to understand the point of a sentence, or paragraph.

or how you'd say it:

How Little faith You have, dear narrator, in My Ability to Understand the Point of a Sentence, Or Paragraph.

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  • Stevebrucehk
  • 07-23-21

great book for Solopreneurs

everyone focuses so much on growth your business and hiring as many staff as possible. This book focuses on the exact opposite - staying small and nimble.

I'm a Solopreneur, and I take 1 month trips away, take afternoons off to go sailing and generally do whatever I want.

working for yourself is supposed to offer you freedom, not enslave you worse than before, but without the health cover, paid holiday and sick pay.

this book teaches you how to achieve that.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-19

Psychological Guidance

Paul Jarvis in his book presents examples of how other people started/managed a company of one and how it was done. He also talks about his own experience in this matter. With that, the book does not only feel like a simple guide 'How to..." but it gives you psychological guidance too. Vast examples and authors' comforting words can make you consider starting such a company. All I missed are so bad examples where the company of one failed andy why.

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  • Kenneth
  • 11-06-22

after the initial chapter..meh

just story after story of others observed to fit into the authors pet business model. What he introduces is valuable but could be told in a tweet, read in a tweet and move on.

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  • Pablo Calal
  • 10-14-22

Amazing

Less is more.
Make sure you have the basis right and focus on doing your best.
This book has truly affected my view on businesses and challenged my perception that growing bigger is better.
100% recommended.

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  • Christine Barrett
  • 10-05-22

Inspiring book

Inspiring book demonstrating an alternative way to run businesses to capitalism with it's resulting destruction of our planet and society.

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  • Reviewer Tales
  • 07-29-22

A mixed bag that's worth it

He covered a lot of great content, both conceptual and practical.
I am sure that productivity is super important for small companies, but feel the section on that was unnecessary in this book.
The narrator mispronounced so many of the names in the book - in spite of how famous the people were! That was distracting.
Overall, definitely worth reading.

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  • Christaki
  • 09-09-20

It Almost Impressed Me, but not quite

The title "Company of One" lured me into thinking it was about sole operators...like me. Sometimes it was, but Mr Jarvis' too often went into the territory of Medium and big Business, justifying his straying off topic by explaining that an employee is his own Company of One. It is not. I have been both...it's not.
There wasn't much value for ME in this book. I did pick up one gem, which I will introduce into my literal Company of One, That one concept may justify the filler and stories of other companies. I would have much preferred to have had a list of the Top Ten things a Company of One needs to do to survive and enjoy the life/work balance, not necessarily grow (as Paul points out).
I think 3 stars is a fair and objective score. The reader didn't grab me because he didn't have the passion of an author like Scott Pape or Michael Michalowicz.
I hope you can get more than one point to include in your Company of One. But, one point may be enough for you.

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  • Bronte
  • 03-22-20

Misleading, poorly written and argued

The author’s definition of a “company of one” is vague and seems to include some of the world’s largest companies. The book is long-winded and repetitive, with little original research and few new ideas. All in all, a great title and a very disappointing book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-28-22

challenges the typical narrative

some great points are made in this book. it also gives practical tips as to how to actually do this, if it is right for you.

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  • Joshua
  • 12-10-21

The way more and more people need to start to think. Create a business that gives u a life.

In the age of COVID and work from home more and more of us will have to become companies of one to survive, let alone thrive. Great entry book to a great new world.

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  • Paridhi P Apte
  • 11-02-21

Excellent information

I had always wanted to work creatively for myself, but never sure of what, when or how to get started. Recently I stumbled upon the world of self publishing and after much research and hard work I am now a published author and Illustrator for children's picture book. This gives me immense joy and I feel proud of my achievements. What I learned through this book was that it is okay to be a company of one. You don't necessarily have to grow and call upon extra load that comes with expansion. I want to keep doing what I enjoy and be my own boss with all the creative freedom that comes with it. This is an excellent book and very well narrated by Sam Woolf.

I also quiet often re-listen to it as it is very pleasing to listen to it over and over again.

Congratulations to Paul Jarvis for writing such an excellent book. I hope to see more from him in the future.

Regards
Paridhi P Apte
Children's book Author and Illustrator

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-21

Okay, not amazing

Lots of words, not a lot of actionable information. Not a lot to take away other than to question growth.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-21

Totally loved it!

This book came at exactly the right time for me, confirming and validating the reasons to focus on quality, profit and lifestyle rather than stretching to expand more and more, adding complication and extra expenses. Here's to beautiful, nourishing businesses with heart and soul.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-24-21

great audio book

loved it. little nuggets through out.
I'm a business of one and found this useful

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  • Neda
  • 09-21-20

Very helpful and well written

well before seeing this book on the shelf of the bookstore I was thinking that I am the only one running company of one in engineering... I loved this book. This story of me and many other talented who couldn't accept and tolerate wrongs in the big cooperation business. I really appreciate this work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-19-20

perfect for me and my company of one

great audiobook. has given me a lot of insight into running my company of one. definitely taking some valuable points and lessons away from this one.

highly recommended for anyone running a business or thinking about it.