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The Business of Bliss: How To Profit From Doing What You Love Hardcover – Dec 31 2001


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst (Dec 31 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688160840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688160845
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #570,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Smith on Sept. 16 2002
Format: Hardcover
The Business of Bliss is a beautifully done book featuring many inspirational chapters of how more than 30 women have turned their passions into successful businesses. Beautiful photographs and a very thorough listing of resources with address information for all the businesses featured. It definitely inspired me to follow my dreams!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Reno-Gilliland on April 29 2002
Format: Hardcover
The women/businesses featured in this book were, each in their own way, an inspiration to 'believe in yourself and your abilities' -- the way each of these women did. The old saying is definitely true -- you'll never succeed if you never try! These women tried -- and, with hard work, some set-backs, and plenty of determination -- they each turned their dreams into realities. I would classify this as a "feel-good" book ... although specific 'how-to' details aren't necessarily included (there are some hints/ideas), your imagination and own creativity are sparked as you read through the pages -- sparked in such a way that you can see yourself starting down the path of following your own dreams.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katinka C. Rodriguez on Jan. 14 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for the very reason that I was hoping to find the basics on how to start a business. This book, though well photographed and artistically designed, did not have the business 101 I was looking for to help me get started. There was not enough text either for me to absorb the business processes of each woman featured.
If you want a book that is pure inspiration, then this book satisfies one's yearning to venture into having a business of your own. If you want a more technical or business basics book as to how to get started, then this book is not for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tama J. Westman on Dec 28 2001
Format: Hardcover
"The Business of Bliss" inspires you to dig inside and decide what you would truly like to do with your life. The wonderful-to-hold book with its glossy pages and beautiful full page photos gives account after account of women who have succeeded in making a living from their dreams. The business of my dreams turns out to be writing - which I can say after spending a couple of weeks reading, rereading and walking around with this book, I have successfully embarked on my new chosen path. If you find yourself in need of a change, and desire to live out your dreams, buy this book. It's an investment with many happy returns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9 2001
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book about a year ago and just thought I would flip through it for inspiration . . .boy, was I wrong. I've read and loaned out this book some many times it's worn on the edges. As a closet wannabe business owner, I love the great stories of women who followed their hearts and found their dreams. It's a must for any woman wanting a business of her own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Flowers on Nov. 10 2000
Format: Hardcover
Full of beautiful photos and examples of female entrepreneurs who followed their dreams; this book could be just the catalyst for someone in a rut to change their life.
Particularly refreshing is that this is not by any means a "how to get rich book", but it is full of success stories, some greater than others. Just look at the juxtaposition of Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic alongside Beth Siqueland-Gresch owner of a floral design shop. Ashwell started her business by repainting garage sale finds and is now a millionairess, and Gresch does a modest business and her words are, "This kind of business will never make me wealthy. It's more about finding a way to do what you love, and making a sustainable income doing it."
Not a business plan, not a how-to book, but full of ispiration from women who listened to their hearts, and made it work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 8 2000
Format: Hardcover
I think this book did just what it set out to do-inspire and entertain with wonderful stories and pictures. While I agree with the reviewer who said that it is "all style-no substance", I didn't have the impression that it was going to be a substantive guide to starting and running a business, so I didn't consider this a fault. For anyone dreaming about turning a passionate hobby into a way to make a living, this book goes miles in helping to creat a sense of "I can do it".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tashina on July 26 2000
Format: Hardcover
It's true there isn't a lot of info in this book on the nuts and bolts of running a business; however, that's not what this book is about. Filled with many photos of beautiful craft-y shops and products, it instead helps provide real-life stories from people who were successful in making money doing what they love even though most of them knew little about running a business when they started. After buying this book a year or more ago, I started my own craft business and it was profitable the very first month! Now I can work with no bosses telling me what to do and even have my husband at home working with me now (which I love). I was just rereading the book tonight and still love it just as much as I did the first time I read it. It's a keeper.
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