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The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business

Make Great Money. Work the Way You Like. Have the Life You Want.
Narrated by: Elaine Pofeldt
Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The indispensable guide to earning a six-figure take-home income on your own terms, from Forbes.com contributing writer Elaine Pofeldt. 

The rise of one-million-dollar, one-person businesses in the past five years is the biggest trend in employment today, offering the widest range of people the most ways to earn a living while having the lifestyles they want. In The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business, Elaine Pofeldt outlines the pathways to joining this entrepreneurial movement, synthesizing advice from hundreds of business owners who've done it. She explains how to identify, launch, grow, and reinvent the business, showing how a single individual can generate $1 million in revenue - something only larger small companies have done in the past. Both inspirational and practical, this book will appeal to all who seek a great worklife and a great lifestyle. 

Includes a PDF of appendices from the book.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Elaine Pofeldt (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Free agents have unprecedented opportunities to earn a great living and create the lifestyle they really want. The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business unlocks strategies that will help solo entrepreneurs achieve more than they ever thought possible." (Matt Barrie, CEO of Freelancer.com)
"Traditional, hierarchical careers are no longer the best path for many. Breaking free is incredibly empowering and can exponentially increase earnings for savvy professionals. This book is an excellent source of guidance for people carving new paths to help them through the many choices they face." (Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork)
"Elaine Pofeldt helped me have the courage to create the life I wanted, with practical, funny, and wise advice. With clear examples and compelling research, she shows what’s possible if you decide to go into business for yourself, and helps you figure out how to get there." (Elizabeth MacBride, international business journalist, freelance contributor to CNBC and Forbes, and single mom)

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Very motivating

A very motivating book that shows how all kind of people from different industries and markets have achieved their success.
It motivates to move on, keep going or to finally start.

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Great book to get my creative juices flowing

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I really enjoyed this book thank you. It gave me the drive I needed to accelerate my current business model.

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  • Megan Rutter
  • 05-01-2018

don't buy in audio form

The author should have hired someone to read. She drones on, I found her voice leaving me tired and depressed. She puts zero energy into the performance and it has a sarcastic, "see I'm right" undertone to it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-2018

Boring!

This is truly in my top 5 of most boring books. Her voice is so monotone!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-02-2018

Narration Is Just Fine

A great, brief read. Full of fantastic case studies.

Concerns over narration are overblown.

Listen, and then do.

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  • Lee
  • 15-06-2018

Lacks Concrete Direction

I consume a vast number of business books, how to's and others related to business. I am a small business owner and entrepreneur looking to grow. Employees are not on the agenda, been there, done that. Elaine Pofeldt's book held such promise as to offer insight and direction. No such luck. Nearly every case study has employees or contract workers. Many have had to borrow money to grow and out source their tasks. Over all this is a mildly positive book that might inspire you to move forward on your dream project but don't look to it for the stepping stones towards growth or ideas. Her reading voice was fine.

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  • Blair Trump
  • 19-12-2018

Very basic guidance, and very poor narration.

This entire effort would be better as a blog post. The author drives at the same handful of rudimentary points, citing 3 to 4 sources over and over, while stumbling over the narration. Save yourself the time, do a Google search for "entrepreneur tips."

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  • Steve Jenkins
  • 23-11-2018

Great book!!!!!! Boring Narration!!!!!

This book has a lot of great information. The information I got however, was from the written form. The Author should have had someone narrate for her. Her monotone voice made it hard to concentrate on the topic. If she got better after the first hour, I apologize for this review. One hour is all I could tolerate.

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  • Costas
  • 04-07-2018

Bunch of anecdotes

This book as a bunch of anecdotes. These sound to me like several articles about successful enterpreneurs that were put together into one book. No material compared to 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris.

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  • David Worley
  • 18-02-2018

Helpful, relevant, and timely

Would you listen to The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business again? Why?

Yes, I actually have already done so three times! Pofeldt does a great job drawing out the relevancy of different businesses and letting the owners speak for themselves.

What about Elaine Pofeldt’s performance did you like?

Elaine reads well and has a good voice.

Any additional comments?

One of the more useful books if you are looking to (or have) start a business.

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  • Mrogo
  • 28-12-2018

If you haven’t started or are brand new to your business, it’s great!

I’m an entrepreneur in my third business (producing videos/commercials/marketing) and found this to be great refresher on things I do and know, and some things I’ve forgotten to do!

A very nice listen - especially for people that haven’t started a business yet or are just starting now.

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  • Ryan Bricker
  • 18-12-2018

Great encouragement for the Solopreneur

This book has a very good variety of case studies of how you can scale a business without scaling staff. This was a huge relief for me, compared to the more common story of growing large businesses from a start-up phase. There are smart ways, that smart people are building a business on their own terms. Really enjoyed this.

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  • R.
  • 08-02-2018

Thoroughly disappointing book

I read a few poor reviews of this book but decided to buy it anyway on Ryan Holiday’s recommendation. Unfortunately this were a few hours of my life I will never get back.
The book is full of insanely vague advice (think ‘promote your business on social media’) and it is a case study in an author blinded by survivorship bias; the author is pretty much recommending starting a dropshipping business and sell your product on a "giant online marketplace".
Oh, and a few if the businesses that she talks about in the book started as 'one man bands' but now employ people, and I fail to understand how they are still considered one-person businesses.

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  • Adeleke Adewole
  • 11-06-2018

Worthy of the Title

Got me going again... Full of practical advice and loads of examples.
Would've benefited from more examples outside of America though.