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Making a Living Without a Job, revised edition: Winning Ways for Creating Work That You Love [Paperback]

Barbara Winter
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Book Description

Aug. 25 2009
For all of the millions of Americans who are out of work, soon to be out of work, or wishing to be freed from unrewarding work—here is the must-have book that will show you how you can make a living by working when, where, and how you want.

Newly revised and updated, Barbara J. Winter’s guide to successful self-employment is now more relevant than ever before. Drawing on the techniques and ideas of her popular seminars as well as her own thirty years of business expertise and that of other successful entrepreneurs, Winter offers the practical, proven way to launch your own profitable venture. Her indispensable advice ranges from why creativity is more important than capital to how to avoid the most common pitfalls of self-employment and how to develop multiple profit centers.

And for this new edition, she has added timely advice on topics including:
•how to find opportunity in a chaotic economy
•why smart, small and spunky is the 21st Century business model
•using the Internet to open the door to fresh opportunities
•the best resources to help you create and grow a business that is uniquely your own
•how to leave Employee Thinking behind and build an Entrepreneur’s Mindset
•and much more

Here are all of the tools you need for getting the most profit out of life both professionally and personally.

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"If you are an entrepreneur or a wannabe entrepreneur or an I-might-want-to-be-an-entrepreneur-when-I-grow-up entrepreneur, Barbara [J. Winter]'s wise work is for you!"—Huffington Post

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Keeper May 1 2014
By Lori F
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Upbeat, fun, smart, savvy, full of practical, creative ideas for entrepreneurs. A bright beam of light to grow and show your true self in a constantly evolving environment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making a Living without a Job, revised edition Jan. 14 2013
By Rennie
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Very timely encouragement as my employment of nearly 40 years is about to end involuntarily. Excellent outlook, inspiration and advice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 27 2014
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nicely detailed .. easy to follow
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book literally changed my life May 27 2011
By Owen Minto - Published on
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It sounds very cheesy to say it, but this book did literally change my life. I discovered it many years ago - the original version - when I was a commodity trader. I was doing a job I hated, and it was so consuming that I had no life. I found this book by accident, and it opened my eyes to possibilities I had never imagined. It took me a couple of years to get the courage to act on the seeds this book planted in my head, but eventually I left that corporate world behind - way behind. Now I have been working for myself for over a decade, and I don't have a regret. I even teach people how to work effectively for themselves now.

This book isn't perfect, and it is far from a step-by-step guide to building a business. What is so compelling about it, though, is the courage to explore and the willingness to fail that the author shows. No matter what kind of business you are drawn to what you take from this book is that you just have to start. Most people don't do that, so if you start you have a very good chance of success - even if that eventual success takes its time arriving and ultimately looks nothing like what you set out to find.

Quite simply put, I couldn't possibly recommend this book more. If you have any interest at all in working for yourself then you won't regret this purchase.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ok, but short on useful information Sept. 22 2009
By DCG - Published on
I really wanted to like this book, and really enjoyed the first 3rd or so of it, but I felt like I kept waiting for more detailed information that never appeared. The focus of the book is based more on self-help & motivation, rather than specific aspects of starting a business. While she does provide valuable information about coming up with business ideas, too much of the book is focused on things like building self confidence (& even goes into things such as repeating positive sayings to yourself every day), rather than building a business. She touches on aspects of things like marketing, but does not go into deep enough detail to make the information useful.

The book does provide real-life examples, but many of the examples are used repeatedly throughout the book. I've read a good amount of books on starting a business, and so many books (this one included) barely touch on important aspects of starting & running a business such as all the steps of registering your business, handling your own accounting, paying your own taxes, etc.. This book devotes about a paragraph & 1/2 mentioning that information, but does not give very useful information.

If you're looking for a book to motivate you to start your own business, this is a good starting point, but you will most likely need some more books afterwords to help you get a business up & running.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better on mindset than implementation Sept. 28 2009
By Dr. Cathy Goodwin - Published on
As a career consultant and career changer I was fascinated by this concept. A long time ago, writing in JobShift, William Bridges predicted that we will all be freelancers rather than employees. That day is here; only our infrastructure doesn't know.

Mostly I agree with the book. Like most career books, the concepts are easier to grasp than to implement. The author sometimes gets fuzzy on the mindset of starting a business versus just making money without a job. She encourages readers to consider serving on market research panels to earn a little money. Not bad if you're really in need but not a strong long-term survival and growth strategy. The time you invest may not be worth the small dollars you gain.

I was intrigued by her reference to someone who bartered music lessons for a plane trip. Generally I discourage barter. Usually everybody's frustrated. I just wonder who the musician bartered with: the airline president?

When it comes to starting a business, the biggest question isn't, "How will I finance" or even "Where will I get health insurance?" It's, "Where do the customers come from? Will they want my product? Where do they buy?"

And I'd be nervous when I see a sentence that begins, "Every [something] is always looking for..." Usually they're not.

But if you're a corporate employee who's nervous about changing careers, this book will be a good first step. You'll probably need a good mentor or coach, but that's a lot trickier (and more of an investment, too).
33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I know that! Where's the 'beef'? Sept. 30 2010
By Texan Cowboy - Published on
I read this book and quickly realized all this book was going to give the reader is very general information of what I can do without a regular job. Some of the things mentioned in the book don't even qualify to "make a living without a job" Clean out a closet and sell $10 worth of stuff? Share a tip for $100? Will that give me enough to "make a living without a job"? Why does the reader need to know how creativity is nourished? If I want to know that, I'll just google it. It mentions all the wonderful things a person can do with their own gig. The reader already knows this. The question the reader asks is HOW do I get started? Nothing personal to the author but this book was a waste of my time.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but seems to focus on those who can write or give talks/seminars. Nov. 24 2012
By Lisa - Published on
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This might be the right book for many, but as I am not a writer or public speaker, it did not provide the information I'd hoped. I do like the idea of multiple sources of income, though. The way corporate america behaves, I wonder if they are really human beings. Thus, the idea of not putting all one's eggs in one basket seems wise.
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