Review: The 4-Hour Workweek

I finished reading The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, by Timothy Ferriss, not too long ago, but it’s taken me a little while to digest. I found it more than a little arrogant in tone, but I have to recommend it to just about any entrepreneur — especially freelance writers who need a kick in the butt to get serious about their incomes.

The basic premise of the book is that anyone can figure out a business plan that requires minimal attention from anyone except for a few very inexpensive virtual assistants in India. Not every writer is going to be able to work with that premise, but the methods that Ferriss used to free up time in his work day can help any of us make more time for those activities that actually make us money.

Answering emails are a good example. With clients and editors, we often get sucked into a back-and-forth trying to hammer out details. How much time could be saved with a first email that set out one or two options including all the details? Ferriss has hundreds of these little methods he uses to clear his time for racing motorcycles and other activities.

These little tips are enough to overcome the tone of Ferriss’ book, which admittedly seems to question why all the rest of us can’t build a business capable of earning thousands of dollars a month between now and when we start supper. It includes numerous resources and generally is a good read-once type of book, in my opinion. It’s worth buying if you only use a quarter of Ferriss’ suggestions.


  1. Christopher Humphries   •  

    I was questioning that purchase.

    The book is talking about regularly in productivity circles, yet I never got around to getting it. Think I may now. I appreciate the ‘heads up’ on the attitude overtones in his writing.

  2. thursday   •     Author

    I know that plenty of people have had a bad time getting past the attitude issue — it might be one of those books to borrow from the library first.

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