- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (July 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553371657
- ISBN-13: 978-0553371659
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,454,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Making a Living Without a Job: Winning Ways For Creating Work That You Love Paperback – July 1, 1993
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Published in 1993, some of the information is a bit dated, but since the primary thrust of the book is not to provide the reader with specific current opportunities, the book holds up very well over time.
There are many examples of people building different types of businesses, and advice from some well-known success stories. The book is broken into five parts, each with two or three chapters. Each chapter starts with a relevant quote, and treats a specific area of focus, such as; Doing First Things First, Uncovering Your Assets, Creating Multiple Profit Centers, Marketing On A Shoestring, etc.
While there is plenty of advice on creating and starting a business (or multiple businesses), the thing that I think is most important in this book is how the author deals with the psychological issues. Most books on starting your own business will mention the emotional and mental obstacles involved, but seldom give the reader much in the way of concrete methods for dealing with them. This book gives you the tools for dealing with the most difficult part of running your own business - your own habits and attitudes. Winter spends a great deal of time covering the psychological groundwork necessary to succeed at being your own boss. She does this in a clear manner, with examples from the real world. There is also a booklist in the back with resources for different areas, such as Personal Growth, Marketing, Entrepeneurial Inspiration, and so on.
I found this book one of the most useful in working on my attitude about being self-employed.Read more ›
She sprinkled exercises designed to seek out my passions and to brainstorm "profit centers" throughout the book. I didn't take the time to go through them this time around; I wanted to finish the book first and then go back and do them. Still, during my reading I did realize that I definitely want to write and philosophize, and I've come up with several ideas for Profit Centers. In that regard, the book stimulated me to think critically about my financial future.
Moreover, the author doesn't focus entirely on the theory of self-employment. With suggestions such as the $100 Hour (where you promise yourself to spend an hour per day brainstorming ways to make another $100, visualizations and affirmations, and advice on business cards and marketing, she provides a good "jumping-in" point for people (such as myself) considering the idea of becoming "joyfully jobless."
She paints making the plunge as an act of faith and describes her own life as one of "Roots and Wings". She attempts to balance putting down roots (living a stable, secure life) and growing wings (seeking her dreams, living with passion and excitement). I found myself thinking that the people who can successfully do both often lift up on the ground in which they've taken root. They try to pull their loves up with them.Read more ›
One year I gave 10 of these books to people who were 'stuck' in their jobs/careers but who were afraid to change. As a result 14 people ended up changing their jobs/careers because the people to whom I gave the book also passed it on.
I find, as a massage therapist, that much of the stress people have is due to a poor fit in their career. What might have been right at one time in their life, no longer is good for them.
I recommend this book to someone at least once each week and have now decided to have it in stock.
I recently gave copies to two friends who might need to leave high executive positions in an international corporation.
ANYONE at any LEVEL in ANY JOB can find the step-by-step analysis in this book the most helpful thing EVER in helping them to find the job that will really be fulfilling for them!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the most boring books I have attempted to read. I had to force myself to get through the first chapter. Read morePublished 4 months ago by I Love Yorkies
Excellent book if you want to start your own business income. I give copies away to anyone who lost their job, about to lose it orhate their job/boss. Worth EVERY PENNY!!!Published 6 months ago by Handyman
I was totally disappointed with the information in this book. I was hoping for "out of the box" insight for being your own boss, this wasn't it.Published 13 months ago by sanzan
It's a nice book in good shape )( it has lots and lots of highlighting and notes... I recomend using this vender.Published on May 28, 2013 by Beth
As with anyone who is seeking a new path, be it career, spiritual, motherhood, etc., it's always inspiring to read encouraging words. Read morePublished on March 21, 2012 by Jennifer Carolan
Very helpful to me. I used to be a Human Ressources Manager, and my self-confidence was to a low point when I bought that book. Read morePublished on May 2, 2010 by Marie-Catherine Bertrand
If you took out the timeframe of this book, it could very well apply to our times now. Published in the early 1990's, the emphasis in this guideline is on self-sufficiency, which... Read morePublished on September 8, 2009 by Joanie Mac
The book is a fun read with a lot of stories and exercises sprinkled in. It is not a rigorous book, but a book to inspire you to find your own solutions and find your own creative... Read morePublished on May 19, 2009 by William Bagley
I don't know why the author went down that path alone; even during the timeframe she apparently refers to (early- to mid- 70s) I found no shortage of helpful and encouraging... Read morePublished on May 2, 2009 by T. Nadeem