The Business of Bliss: How To Profit From Doing What You Love Hardcover – Dec 31 2001
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"Entrepreneurs who daydream about converting a hobby into a career should consult The Business of Bliss: How to Profit From Doing What You Love. Bliss is by Janet Allon and the editors of Victoria magazine... Most of the 74 businesses profiled have appeared in the magazine. This is a pretty book filled with fetching photos of handmade vintage dresses, jewelry, flower arrangements, pillows and sweets -- so much so, it looks more like a compilation of impressionist art than a book about business owners. Don't turn to Bliss for the nitty-gritty on start-ups. But. . .it's an inexpensive way to get a glimpse into the entrepreneurial life without suffering any of the drawbacks." -- Christine Sparta, USA Today
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If you thought it was impossible to make money doing what you love, think again. Hundreds of thousands of women do succeed, and you can too. More than any other publication in America, Victoria magazine has celebrated women who have turned their dreams into profitable businesses. In this inspiring new book, their stories come alive to encourage you to achieve your own business of bliss:
--Fashion editor Cornelia Powell left stressful corporate life to open a vintage bridal shop.
--Homemaker Patti Upton built Aromatique, now a 500-person company, inspired by a product she created "just for fun."
--Rachel Ashwell founded Shabby Chic, a chain of interior design shops, and has written several bestselling books.
--Sisters Mickey Kelly and Susan Kelly Panian, tired of retail life, turned their home-furnishings store into a flourishing mail-order business.
--Elizabeth Terry nurtured her passion for food into a thriving restaurant, Elizabeth on 37th in Savannah.
Behind every successful woman is a tale of self-reliance, persistence, and the joy of following one's heart. Author Janet Allon, a New York Times reporter, distills the essence of the entrepreneur and explains the secrets of:
--choosing your niche in the marketplace
--working with family and friends
--creating a place that reflects your style
--finding the courage to take risks
--turning mistakes to your advantage
In an extensive resource section, listings of the most useful publications, websites, and professional associations guide you toward your goal. Whether you want to be a hatmaker or a shoemaker, a potter or a pastry chef, you'll find the way in The business of Bliss.
Introduced in 1987 and enjoyed by four million readers every month, Victoria magazine devotes its articles to fashion, home, and cooking. It has also featured more than 2000 women who have turned their passions into full-time professions.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
The tales of real life women entrepreneurs who have founded their businesses out of their passions, from antique shops to restaurants and many others, were refreshing and insiprational. The book is also lightly peppered with helpful information on starting your own 'business of bliss'. But turn to this book for stories that will inspire you - not a 'how-to' manual. A delightful read!
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2002 by Sheri Smith
I bought this book for the very reason that I was hoping to find the basics on how to start a business. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2002 by KRod
I bought this book about a year ago and just thought I would flip through it for inspiration . . .boy, was I wrong. Read morePublished on July 9 2001
I think this book did just what it set out to do-inspire and entertain with wonderful stories and pictures. Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2000
A pretty picture book, with very little in the way of actual business advice. Pleasant for perusing, but if you're looking for an actual "how to" book, look elsewhere.Published on April 28 2000
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