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How to Work for Yourself: 100 Ways to Make the Time, Energy and Priorities to Start a Business, Book or Blog [Kindle Edition]

Bryan Cohen
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Book Description

One of the fastest paths to success is starting a new project like a business, blog, book or some other creative endeavor. Side projects can result in extra income, greater fulfillment and even a more enjoyable career. If you aren't creating something in your spare time, you aren't reaching your full potential.

Unfortunately, most people can't find the time, energy or correct life priorities to start and complete creative side projects. They keep putting off planning these projects, never finding out what they could have accomplished if they'd only created something.

Author Bryan Cohen is no stranger to creative productivity. He's earned more than $35,000 in the past few years from his side business, Build Creative Writing Ideas. His 30 books, all of which were written in the past few years, have sold more than 20,000 copies. He achieved this success through the life-enriching tips he learned by reading dozens of books, attending multiple conferences and through his own trial and error.

He's put in hundreds of hours of refining his creativity techniques so that you don't have to. By using Cohen's tips and tricks, you'll start planning your business, book, blog or course in the next few days with optimized time, renewed energy and an improved balance in your life.

For purchasing this concise 16,000-word book, you'll get an added bonus: 75% off access to Cohen's online video course on the education platform Udemy.

It's time to create your side project. Buy this book today!

Product Details

  • File Size: 188 KB
  • Print Length: 55 pages
  • Publisher: Bryan Cohen (June 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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164 of 171 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless and filled with common sense July 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
*Great book cover and title (proves that great cover and titles gets conversions)
*Paid $0.00
*Will boost your confidence and self-esteem by realizing that anyone can write a book

*Very generic advice and some without much thought

Here is a sample of tips that are purely common sense and some that lack depth:
*Tip #17 - 1 of the 5 tips for saving massive amounts of time is to "use your sick/vacation days to spend a week straight on your project"
*Tip #19 - "Cut your lunch and dinner in half"
*Tip #69 - "Work harder and smarter"
*Tip #74 - "Look at your latest bank statements to find ways to cut cost"
*Tip #92 - "Figure how to do it free or cheap"

Maybe I should write a book titled "How to improve your life in 7 days"
*Day #1 - Have a Plan
*Day #2 - Eat Healthy
*Day #3 - Exercise
*Day #4 - Be Happy
*Day #5 - Start a Business
*Day #6 - Continue Learning
*Day #7 - Go on Vacation
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick read with useful information June 20, 2013
By J.V.
Format:Kindle Edition
**I've received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review**

I had originally intended to rate it 3 stars, as my expectations of a book titled "How to Work for Yourself" were different to what I actually read. However, upon seeing the price and the subtitle, I firmly believe that implementing just one suggestion in the book will return many, many, many multiples of the investment and that the title is quite adequate.

Before reading the book, I expected either a story of how a fictional young John Doe went from working a 9-to-5, to step-by-step laying out an action plan and carving the personal resources to execute it, or a standard multi-chapter long-form story on what the author did to move from working for someone else to working for himself. This book gave 100 ways (and then some) to prepare yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially to undertake a side-venture. A minority of them were obvious, but some of them were tips that I never honestly thought of (at least no-one ever explained them to me in that way).
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ask others for help. Duh! July 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This Book is filled with useless tips.
I am Sorry to say, that a Lot of tips consist of "do this" and "do that",
E.g. "Market the hell out of your product": really nice advise... But HOW?

The author does not tell us how.

Other tips are:

- Use the 80/20 principle to be more productive
- Create Goals that you are very proud of
- Sign up for a 5K marathon and train for it

Someone could write a book on each of these tips!
Oh, wait, people already did that:

Use the 80/20 principle: The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less
Create Goals: Goal Setting: 13 Secrets of World Class Achievers
Sign up for a 5K marathon: Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide: Advice, Plans, and Programs for Half and Full Marathons

The author could focus on only one of these "ways" to write a very good specialized book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Bryan Cohen has gathered over one-hundred helpful suggestions into sixteen chapters. The book's chapters are broken into subjects, so if you need help improving an area of your life or work, then locate the relevant chapter and read through those hints. The author presents these steps in an easy to grasp, straight forward style. I like the fact that the material expands upon the Udemy course, How to Work For Yourself. For now, there is even a free registration link within the book for the course.

Don't let the title mislead you. The material presented includes ways to create more free time, more energy, and more creativity. Not everyone will benefit from every suggested action or step, but there are more than enough good suggestions to make it worth your while to check out this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neat little book July 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Quick read. Some of the tips were cheesy, but there were enough good nuggets to make it worth the time spent reading it.

The first two chapters about finding ways to steal extra time from your day (life) were very useful, I highlighted several things from there.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Free copy review of the book...

I enjoyed the reading which took no more than a few hours. Its content is broad and general, covering different topics related to having the right mentality when starting a project from start to finish. Although some of the points were somewhat familiar to me, some were new; what I loved about this book was the way the information I had already read before made sense in the context of kick-starting any project with the intention of making money from it.

I have had so many ideas that go from writing a movie script to creating trance music and I plan to apply this book's suggestions into good use in all my broad-spectrum endeavors. Also, I can relate to Bryan's tale of past failures in achieving what he wanted. His advice was sincere and down-to-earth for all novice aspirants who wish to finally follow through with so many diverse ideas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a scam! April 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
this book has absolutely nothing to do with the title of the book. The Author gives you 105 pieces of crappy advice that have nothing to do with starting a business. For example: eat a cold breakfast, it can save you 5 minutes! Wake up without pressing the snooze button! What?!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Tip Treasure Trove
This little treasure has some great information and tips! I am so glad I have it to reference as I work toward building my various projects.
Published 2 days ago by Renda Brooks
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not a bad read most
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Read Worth Your Time
I love Bryans positive and encouraging attitude. It doesn't feel he is trying to placate...he seems to genuinely care about another's self worth and has an inspiring way of making... Read more
Published 9 days ago by deb oyster
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good information for someone starting a business.
Published 10 days ago by Ted
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 11 days ago by Larry M. Buhler
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start for someone who is trying to start a ...
Good start for someone who is trying to start a business or work at home. I give a thumbs up!
Published 13 days ago by Superstar Review
4.0 out of 5 stars If you're like me and tired of working for someone else
If you're like me and tired of working for someone else, this does help to give a few different ideas
Published 16 days ago by Mary A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
If ever you would like encouragement and creative ways to get more time here's the book. I really didn't know I had to go thru the whole book to read the second one I also wanted... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Roberta Kimball
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Never got it
Published 18 days ago by Jt
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Positive Information
Very Good ! I liked the positive information with very concise and doable steps. The writing style is casual and interesting.
Published 20 days ago by Darsey C
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More About the Author

Bryan Cohen is the author of Ted Saves the World, the first book in a new YA sci-fi/fantasy series, and a collection of creative writing prompts books. His books have sold over 35,000 copies.

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Bryan's writing has appeared on over 100 blogs, including The Creative Penn, Helping Writers Become Authors, and

Bryan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2013, Bryan appeared on an episode of the nationally televised "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." He did just fine.

Bryan lives with his wife and their Netflix account in Chicago.

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