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From the Author

Q&A with Matt Hawkinson:
What inspired you to write Less Work, More Money: The Entrepreneurial Life Plan?
My wife Kristen and I have spent our entire adult lives starting and running small businesses. Our journey has included much success that was only achieved after overcoming many obstacles. It has been a rollercoaster ride. We've realized over the years that many people were intrigued by our stories of self-made business and expressed a desire to start a business of their own.  After years of counseling and mentoring folks one-on-one, we decided to write this book in order to extend our reach and help as many entrepreneurs as possible.
With your experience consulting other entrepreneurs, what's the biggest thing you hope readers will glean from your book?
That the entrepreneurial life is about freedom -- freedom to do what you want to do, when you want to do it.  Freedom to leverage your time and effort to maximize the desired outcome without asking permission.  Freedom to take control of your life and create your own sense of utopia. Entrepreneurship is the new American Dream and Less Work, More Money will demonstrate that it is a life plan that anyone can follow if they take small actionable steps now
Why do you hope people follow your advice and start their own entrepreneurial journey?
We hear from people every week who feel mired in their current situation and have a sense of helplessness.  They have dreamt of breaking out on their own and creating something for themselves. We want people to feel empowered to seek out the vision they have for their ideal life and take control of their circumstances.  The stories and lessons we have written about in Less Work, More Money prove it can be done. 

About the Author

Matt and Kristen Hawkinson each have over 15 years experience as successful entrepreneurs. Residing in Dallas, Matt and Kristen have started and grown more than five different businesses across multiple industries. In addition to their many business ventures, they currently counsel first-time entrepreneurs who are beginning their first businesses. They have come together yet again and written Less Work, More Money - The Entrepreneurial Life Plan, a book about their journey that both entertains and teaches the art of self-made business.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Initram Publishing (June 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983799253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983799252
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,284,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must read for anyone starting or running their own business.
David Blood
The stories and the business insight learned from them are well told and easy to put into action.
AtomicJackie
I opened this book on Friday night and was so engaged, I read it cover to cover in one sitting.
Mike D. Merrill

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amber on June 15, 2012
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Earlier this year, Kristen Hawkinson came and spoke about entrepreneurship at the college where I am an English professor. After Kristen had visited and I had read Less Work, More Money, I began to recommend it to many friends, as well as my husband who is in the early stages of his own Audio/Video Design and Consulting business. The personal narratives which Matt relays in LWMM are both relatable and encouraging, providing stories of pitfalls, challenges, and successes on their entrepreneurial journey. Most of these chapters are followed by Lessons and How To's: specific lessons and advice which can be invaluable to someone wanting to start up a new business or in the early formation of his/her own business. I had watched my husband attend tedious and expensive business seminars and struggle to figure out taxes, LLC, and insurance/bonding processes; however, I am confident that he gleaned more useful and applicable assistance from our reading Less Work, More Money together than all of the other seminars and videos which he invested in combined. For instance, one small suggestion from Matt to utilize dual-monitors has completely enhanced the efficiency and productivity of my husband's office. Even as a college professor, I have drawn on the lessons of economizing time and manifesting my goals. I certainly recommend Less Work, More Money to anyone wanting to take control of his/her life, considering going into business for one's self, or in the early stages of entrepreneurship!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tricia Wallace on June 16, 2012
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I've never been one to look forward to a 9-5 job. My husband and I are entrepreneurs, but are still newbies. I've read a lot of guides and how-tos, but don't always leave inspired. This book is not only a funny and realistic tale of starting behind a desk and breaking free from it, but it gives you real-life, practical advice and guidelines to becoming your own boss. The author gives an honest look at the highs and lows of starting your own business. Plus, he didn't just start one business, become an instant success, and then tell you how to duplicate it. The book takes you on his journey from the beginning to present day. It is set up in a way that tells you the story, the lesson, and then what you need to do to get to your goals. He's figured out what works (and didn't) and gives you the shortcuts so that you don't have to live the agony of trying and trying again. I highly recommend it to both entrepreneurs and those hoping to one day become one. Even if you don't make the leap just yet, this book will give you some great hints, tips, and hopefully the courage to one day become your own boss.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AtomicJackie on June 26, 2012
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The format of this book makes it easy to read and learn from. The stories and the business insight learned from them are well told and easy to put into action. Looking forward to building some of my expert teams as I can clearly see the value of doing so based on all the case studies. Just one of many things I am excited to implement in my business!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DAB on June 26, 2012
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A truly inspirational and honest story of entrepreneurs starting from young adults, learning through experience, and believing in themselves. If you have a dream and a commitment to your belief, read the book. It's well worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CardiopumpFitness on July 3, 2012
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This book is SO great! It has made me laugh out loud, nod my head, pull out my highlighter, and recommend this read to everyone I know- and some strangers! My favorite quote from the book: "If you realize that you need a change, prepare to be uncomfortable, but if your gut is signaling a big change, you are probably uncomfortable already. (p.137)" That is the best advice for aspiring entrepreneurs! Entrepreneurship isn't safe or comfortable. There are no "sure things," and there's also no health insurance, paid vacation, 401K, or guaranteed monthly paychecks. He doesn't fool the reader into thinking that entrepreneurship is easy, but by telling his story of his own ups/downs/highs/lows over 15-years of entrepreneurial experiences, he left me with a peace that it's worth it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike D. Merrill on July 3, 2012
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If there was ever a book that chronicled the love story with entrepreneurship and the freedom and growth it provides, this is it. I opened this book on Friday night and was so engaged, I read it cover to cover in one sitting. This book not only provides some great insights into the business strategies that drove various decisions but also the emotional side of every risky decision an entrepreneur has to make. It's rare a book reveals so much about the the people behind the success. As they say "Success Leaves Clues" so learn how to be successful from others. I highly recommend the book.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JasonK on July 2, 2012
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This book is a great read for anyone who has stared out the window of their office (or at the wall of your cubicle) and dreamed about calling all the shots. Matt and Kristen's story of hard-work, innovation, & "boot-strapping" until you reach your goals is what this country is all about. It's an inspiring story about two very inspiring people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Blood on June 30, 2012
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Great book. My wife and I both enjoyed reading it. It can be read as a story or as a book of business start up hints and lessons. Could not put it down once I started reading it. Now I will go back and reread the business lessons.
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