Making a Living Without a Job, revised edition: Winning Ways for Creating Work That You Love Paperback – Aug 25 2009
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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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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.
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.
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.
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