- File Size: 1220 KB
- Print Length: 212 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1987600800
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 15, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CG8SV5V
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,565 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Parallel Entrepreneur: How to start and run B2B businesses while keeping your day job Kindle Edition
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Even with a little bit of "star inflation", I still highly recommend this book.
- Own an online business
- Are thinking of starting a online business
- Are thinking about thinking about an online business
- Are depressed by your day job and have no vision for a better future...
Then you'll find value in this book. Value well worth the $15 for the paperback and few hours of reading time. (It's a quick, easy read with zero fluff, unlike most business books.)
As for criticisms, not everything in this book will be for everybody. There may be parts that don't apply to you depending on your situation. But, everything is neatly organized so you can skip or skim to the next section and not miss anything. I don't think Ryan would mind! ;)
I've started more online businesses than I can count and have been in the game for nearly a decade, and I still learned a lot from Parallel Entrepreneur: growth plateaus for SAAS businesses, best practices for bookkeeping, pricing ideas, preventing churn, etc., etc. I've already put these into practice.
Plus, this book motivated me to start working on the business I've been thinking about starting "5-10 years from now". What better time than now?
Look, this isn't Moby Dick or The Illiad. But if you do business online then I guarantee you will learn something in this book that will be HUGE to you when you put it into practice.
Give it a read, and follow Ryan's author profile on Amazon. If his book writing is anything like his business practices, he's already got 5+ more books in the work. I'm already looking forward to the next one!
The book flies in the face of conventional wisdom from what you'll hear from most business books that talk about focus, picking synergistic work, etc). And rightly so - it's not for everyone. This path is a long, slow grind for marathoners not sprinters. Not quitting your day job to pursue your startup is not talked about in Silicon Valley, and certainly not condoned or celebrated.
I'm someone who's lived this double-life for the past few years. For the longest time, I thought I was a lone wolf in a sea of "real" entrepreneurs and CEO's who put their entire lives into their startup. This book gave me permission to NOT focus on one thing. Like a good hobby, a side project lets you put your mind completely on something else for a while.
But it's not just a hobby or side project, and the author chose a specific title over other terms that try to describe this lifestyle like moonlighting, bootstrapping, self-funding, passion projects, etc.
Through this book, I've picked up key insights from the wisdom of the author's experiences as well as those from rockstars like Jonathan Siegel. And I've reoriented my goals towards ideas and advice like the Rule of 34, the fact that every $10K/month business has the potential to grow to $100K/month, do not take on partners, structure your business as an LLC, etc.
Kudos to Ryan Buckley for writing this fantastic book that I'm sure I'll read more than once during my parallel entrepreneurial journey.
There is some unique, fascinating stuff on how small (100K - 1,000K) a year SaaS companies are valued.
BUY IT OR DIE POOR AND ALONE!