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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Revised edition (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553386603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553386608
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you are an entrepreneur or a wannabe entrepreneur or an I-might-want-to-be-an-entrepreneur-when-I-grow-up entrepreneur, Barbara [J. Winter]'s wise work is for you!"—Huffington Post

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I would recommend this book for anyone looking to start his or her own business.
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I have the older copy of the book and thought it was worth buying the latest version with updates.
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I can honestly say that this is a book that changed my life, and that's the truth.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Owen Minto on May 27, 2011
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It sounds very cheesy to say it, but this book did literally change my life. I discovered it many years ago - the original version - when I was a commodity trader. I was doing a job I hated, and it was so consuming that I had no life. I found this book by accident, and it opened my eyes to possibilities I had never imagined. It took me a couple of years to get the courage to act on the seeds this book planted in my head, but eventually I left that corporate world behind - way behind. Now I have been working for myself for over a decade, and I don't have a regret. I even teach people how to work effectively for themselves now.

This book isn't perfect, and it is far from a step-by-step guide to building a business. What is so compelling about it, though, is the courage to explore and the willingness to fail that the author shows. No matter what kind of business you are drawn to what you take from this book is that you just have to start. Most people don't do that, so if you start you have a very good chance of success - even if that eventual success takes its time arriving and ultimately looks nothing like what you set out to find.

Quite simply put, I couldn't possibly recommend this book more. If you have any interest at all in working for yourself then you won't regret this purchase.
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59 of 69 people found the following review helpful By DCG on September 22, 2009
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I really wanted to like this book, and really enjoyed the first 3rd or so of it, but I felt like I kept waiting for more detailed information that never appeared. The focus of the book is based more on self-help & motivation, rather than specific aspects of starting a business. While she does provide valuable information about coming up with business ideas, too much of the book is focused on things like building self confidence (& even goes into things such as repeating positive sayings to yourself every day), rather than building a business. She touches on aspects of things like marketing, but does not go into deep enough detail to make the information useful.

The book does provide real-life examples, but many of the examples are used repeatedly throughout the book. I've read a good amount of books on starting a business, and so many books (this one included) barely touch on important aspects of starting & running a business such as all the steps of registering your business, handling your own accounting, paying your own taxes, etc.. This book devotes about a paragraph & 1/2 mentioning that information, but does not give very useful information.

If you're looking for a book to motivate you to start your own business, this is a good starting point, but you will most likely need some more books afterwords to help you get a business up & running.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on November 24, 2012
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This might be the right book for many, but as I am not a writer or public speaker, it did not provide the information I'd hoped. I do like the idea of multiple sources of income, though. The way corporate america behaves, I wonder if they are really human beings. Thus, the idea of not putting all one's eggs in one basket seems wise.
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I found this book many years ago. Loved it. Subscribed to Barbara's newsletter and loved that to. I can honestly say that this is a book that changed my life, and that's the truth. The title may be a little misleading, because the typical person that takes Barbara's advice may not have a boss, but he/she definitely isn't unemployed. I've been more productive and more satisfied with my professional career, and busier because of the principles expounded by Barbara. Something that I learned from this book, and from the newsletter, is the principle of multiple profit centers. This made all the difference in my life and once I understood what she was talking about I have never looked back and not a day has gone by that her advice wasn't acted upon in my own life.

Multiple profit centers are for those of us who are brimming with great ideas and have the ability to juggle multiple projects at the same time. By following her advice we get to give almost every idea a try to see if it will take off and make us some money, or even a lot of money. This is the opposite of "putting all your eggs in one basket". I currently have five profit centers that bring in income regularly plus a couple others that are hit and miss depending on circumstances and opportunities. And I'm actively working on developing another one right now, with a few more on my someday list. Why is this desirable? If one of my profit centers falters, I still have all the others. So unlike an employee, who makes his living by serving one customer, his boss, I have several areas that bring in money. While no one is successful enough by worldly standards to pay all my bills and make me rich, together they all get the job done. I am one of Barbara's people who is "making a living without a job.
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36 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Texan Cowboy on September 30, 2010
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I read this book and quickly realized all this book was going to give the reader is very general information of what I can do without a regular job. Some of the things mentioned in the book don't even qualify to "make a living without a job" Clean out a closet and sell $10 worth of stuff? Share a tip for $100? Will that give me enough to "make a living without a job"? Why does the reader need to know how creativity is nourished? If I want to know that, I'll just google it. It mentions all the wonderful things a person can do with their own gig. The reader already knows this. The question the reader asks is HOW do I get started? Nothing personal to the author but this book was a waste of my time.
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