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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: 199 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: #579 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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191 of 200 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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38 of 39 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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35 of 37 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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9 of 9 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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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
1.0 out of 5 stars Steer Clear of This "How To" June 20, 2014
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This "how to" is a huge let-down. It's really nothing other than a promo for the author's real money-maker: the course he offers in time management. As such, it should have been offered on his web-site as a freebie.

It offers nothing that one couldn't have thought up one's self, and many of the 100 ideas are just plain ridiculous (in other words, fillers to reach the target of 100). Usually, in these kinds of lists, one expects a couple of gems in among all the rocks, but in this one, nothing doing.

Shoot me down if you like, but I think the Internet has become a way for too many out there to make a fast buck. But, I suppose I should blame myself. By not being more discerning in my selections, I add to the stats that buoy the "how to" industry.

But you don't have to take my word for it. Why not spend some of your hard-earned lucre on this title and see for yourself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Positive, Uplifting, and To The Point July 15, 2013
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I almost read this book in one sitting. With our busy lives, there's always something on our "to do list" that could uproot our reading time. Our personal growth research time." How To Work For Yourself" got to the 100 tips without wasting words. Where the author needed to elaborate.. he did. Otherwise, he moved on to the next tip. I appreciated that style of writing.

I also enjoyed the format. As the author did have chapters for each idea, I liked how he placed each of his tips in the right chapter placement. Yes, some ideas were basic. But, who are we to say we have arrived on all of these ideas of personal growth. Experts says we need to hear things repeated and repeated to us so that we retain it. All of the tips were important to connect to the overall wholeness of a person being able to work for oneself. Is this book for the newcomer...yes. Is it still appropriate for the more "schooled person"... Yes! We all can benefit from review.

The marketing ideas were frustrating but that's just me. I want to write more and market less. I want to just write which is something my son and I talk about all the time. Many of the author's ideas confirmed what I have read in other books. That's great too. I know I am on the right track as others in the field confirm their successes and "how to's" in their own words that confirm others.

I give it a five! It didn't waste my time to talk down to me about the simple things I should do that I hadn't done yet. The advice was positive, uplifting, and to the point.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Some useful information, but too general at times and it ...
Some useful information, but too general at times and it seems a lot of it would be hard to apply. Definitely great for a free read, however.
Published 20 hours ago by Michael M
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying read but readers must be dedicated to the re-programming...
The book has unique characteristics of explaining the methods to save time when making up your daily schedules. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Tara Phillips tp_virtual_asst
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good ideas
Published 7 days ago by Christian Bodet
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is one such book to be read by anyone.
Published 7 days ago by Ramesh Akkenapragada
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
Loved this book. Loved the humor and all the practical ideas and finding ideas that I had not even thought of. Very well written
Published 7 days ago by Celia
3.0 out of 5 stars common sense
Will read this someday have just peeked at it. Hope this book lends some insights to a second career. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Donald Maclean
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gives you common sense tips on how to manage your time so you can work for yourself.
Published 11 days ago by redex25
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Book
Published 17 days ago by Heather Azcueta
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, easy to read, thus powerful
I found this book interesting, at first because of its catchy title. When I started reading it I thought the author was brilliant on his way of organizing his ideas in ascending... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Fred
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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 40,000 copies.

Ted Saves the World Series
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2. Mind Over Easy (
3. Portal Combat (
4. The Light, the Dark and the Ugly (

Ted Finley will RETURN in book #5 of the series in October 2015.

Keep an eye out for a PREQUEL to Ted Saves the World in July 2015.

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For more info on the 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts series, visit

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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