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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307587991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307587992
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Should be distributed in business classes across the country”—Ted Leonsis, vice chairman emeritus of AOL and owner of the Washington Capitols
 
“This is THE book for anyone who has contemplated starting a business”—Fred Deluca, Founder of Subway
 
“Nick and Omar are the future of entrepreneurship”—George Nadaff, franchise guru/ former CEO of Boston Market

About the Author

NICK FRIEDMAN and OMAR SOLIMAN started College Hunks Hauling Junk in 2005 when they were only twenty-two years old. Since then, College Hunks Hauling Junk has grown into a multimillion-dollar franchise and the nation's premier junk removal service, and has been profiled in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Nick and Omar have been named among the top Under 30 Entrepreneurs in America by Inc., and in 2007 the International Franchise Association named them the Youngest Franchisors in America.

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This book is a must read for anyone who wants to pursue a start-up business.
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This book is a fun read - it's a great way to pick up some business knowledge while reading an enjoyable story.
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Unfortunately, chapters like these tend to be the weakest areas of the book.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Natasha Stryker TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 23, 2010
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I found their advice flippant and the tone of the entire book to be very immature. The shifting tense, tone and narration made it feel cobbled together; the "frat guy mentality" approach to business was unenjoyable to read-- the sum of its parts that turned me off.

This may do well in a high school class or freshman college business course because I found the tone to be that of a 18 year old boy; this is a great thing if you want to get your 18 year old son interested in going into business for himself.

The 10 commandments are pretty strait forward and nothing you haven't heard before. Its approach feels like they just winged it and got lucky, they seem to want to party harder than manage a successful business for much of the book. I am very happy for them to have pulled it off, but this book does not detail a formula for success, it is a tale about being in the right place at the right time.

It is not that well written and not very inspiring for the artistic types. If you want to haul junk for people for cash, this is an excellent guide on how to do that. I was looking for a book with fresh approach to starting your own business with a modern appeal; my search will continue.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Corey Scott VINE VOICE on December 20, 2010
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By the time I finished this book, I was completely shocked at how much it changed my outlook on entrepreneurship. I have read several other books from the "I have a big business, here's how I did it" genre, and I went into this book thinking that this would be nothing more than a publicity tool for the authors to spread their company name. While I'm sure that was part of the motivation for the authors to write this book, I think you will be pleasantly surprised out how well-written, educational, and fun this book really is!

Let it be known that this is NOT a book about effortlessly becoming an entrepreneur. Any author making those claims should be ignored. This is a book about working smart, not hard, to create a business. It's about getting the business to the point where you can work ON it from the outside, rather than working IN it.

The authors give point-by-point details on how they systemized their business from the very beginning, creating positions within the company (all of which were operated by themselves in the beginning) which would eventually be filled by other team members. Such an avenue of business organization allowed them to franchise their business which a much higher degree of success than many others who try.

This is NOT a book about two guys who were in the right place at the right time! This is a book about two guys who found a job they loved (hauling junk probably isn't for everyone, but to each his own), in an industry that was already flooded with competition (anyone with a pickup truck can do the same job), and grew their business by finding ways to do it BETTER than their competition.

I found this book to be very motivational and informative, and would absolutely recommend it to anyone who is ready to branch out from the 9-to-5 lifestyle!
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By David Bennett VINE VOICE on September 2, 2010
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Many workers are disillusioned with the way "work" works in our society. We question giving time and creativity to companies that offer little in return. We are looking for jobs that provide freedom, flexibility, and financial opportunity. Since this describes me at this point in my career, I was excited to read this book. Who could better explain how to be an entrepreneur than two young entrepreneurs still building their multi-million dollar business?

The authors, Friedman and Soliman, begin by telling their interesting stories. Their histories show that both functioned poorly in stifling environments such as school and the corporate world. Their wisdom really hit me: once uncle Sam takes his share, and you deduct everything else from your paycheck, it is difficult to get ahead and live the "dream" slaving away for somebody else. Working for somebody else means that your hard work and creativity make a handful of people very rich; unfortunately, you are not among those people! And, the authors remind us, working for another person is not only unfulfilling, it is also unreliable, as the current unemployment rate demonstrates. So, what is the answer to our work woes? Start a business!

After the authors tell their stories, they begin outlining how to start a business that excites you. Their advice runs the gamut, from choosing the business idea to franchising. Their business philosophy is fresh, and generously considers the needs of team members and clients. The authors are net savvy, idealistic, and know work's proper perspective (i.e. that a person should never sacrifice friends, family, and health for a job). They are also accurate, if slightly gloomy, in their assessment of higher education: it costs a lot and may not necessarily provide the tools to make you successful.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Avellanet VINE VOICE on September 11, 2010
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In the Effortless Entrepreneur, Nick Friedman and Omar Soliman have made an attempt to distill their brief handful of years of entrepreneurship into a set of broad rules for founding and building a successful business. The authors' message is, however, sabotaged by many flippant remarks and superficial insights littered throughout the chapters. The result is a book that just as quickly frustrates and raises doubts as it does try to inspire and offer advice.

The book follows the trajectory of how Friedman and Soliman set out from college to found and grow their business, College Hunks Hauling Junk. We learn that both authors spent much of their college years partying and ignoring rules, both written and unwritten. Their objective: "do as little work as possible." This bucking of the system is something that the authors believe prepared them for a life of successful entrepreneurship.

Indeed, early in the book, the authors observe, "you 'grow up' as soon as you decide to follow the norm and stop taking risks. The best part of being an entrepreneur is that you never have to grow up." Implicit in this observation are the assumptions that entrepreneurship is not about making sacrifices and that only entrepreneurs take risks; everyone else makes sacrifices but doesn't take risks.

Once Friedman and Soliman founded their business, they made a few mistakes, hired people, spent time developing and documenting processes and systems, and then franchising. Along the way, they put together their ten commandments for successful entrepreneurs trying to build a business:

1. Never sacrifice health, family, or friendships for business
2. Learn from mistakes
3. Idea without action are just that ... ideas
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