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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Revised edition (Aug. 25 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553386603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553386608
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.4 x 20.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori F on May 1 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rennie on Jan. 14 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ariel on July 27 2014
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nicely detailed .. easy to follow
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
This book literally changed my life May 27 2011
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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.
57 of 66 people found the following review helpful
ok, but short on useful information Sept. 22 2009
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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.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Nice, but seems to focus on those who can write or give talks/seminars. Nov. 24 2012
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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.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Better on mindset than implementation Sept. 28 2009
By Dr. Cathy Goodwin - Published on
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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).
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Barbara Winters is the Guru of Multiple Profit Centers of Income for Entrepreneurs. She is a Trustworthy Expert. Nov. 10 2013
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I found this book many years ago. Loved it. Subscribed to Barbara's newsletter and loved that to. I can honestly say that this is a book that changed my life, and that's the truth. The title may be a little misleading, because the typical person that takes Barbara's advice may not have a boss, but he/she definitely isn't unemployed. I've been more productive and more satisfied with my professional career, and busier because of the principles expounded by Barbara. Something that I learned from this book, and from the newsletter, is the principle of multiple profit centers. This made all the difference in my life and once I understood what she was talking about I have never looked back and not a day has gone by that her advice wasn't acted upon in my own life.

Multiple profit centers are for those of us who are brimming with great ideas and have the ability to juggle multiple projects at the same time. By following her advice we get to give almost every idea a try to see if it will take off and make us some money, or even a lot of money. This is the opposite of "putting all your eggs in one basket". I currently have five profit centers that bring in income regularly plus a couple others that are hit and miss depending on circumstances and opportunities. And I'm actively working on developing another one right now, with a few more on my someday list. Why is this desirable? If one of my profit centers falters, I still have all the others. So unlike an employee, who makes his living by serving one customer, his boss, I have several areas that bring in money. While no one is successful enough by worldly standards to pay all my bills and make me rich, together they all get the job done. I am one of Barbara's people who is "making a living without a job."

If you have that entrepreneurial spirit, you will not be disappointed by this book or Barbara's newsletter. She also does live webinars that are pretty popular. She lives out her own advice and knows where of she speaks. She wouldn't call herself this, but a lot of us would: She is definitely a "guru" to me and many, many others on this subject, and deserves the title.