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Middle-Class Lifeboat: Careers and Life Choices for Navigating a Changing Economy Paperback – January 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0785220527 ISBN-10: 0785220526

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785220526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785220527
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,509,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Edwards and his wife Sarah Edwards are authors of books that have sold one and a half million copies.  They write, broadcast and coach about new and better ways to live and work.  They have been the subjects of scores of articles in publications like the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times and Business Week. Their print columns appear in Entrepreneur Magazine, BYOB and the Costco Connection. They produce and host the Entrepreneur Magazine Home Based Biz Show. They have three Web sites: WorkingFromHome.com;  PinemountainInstitute.com and Simplegoodlife.com.  They have consulted the White House and scores of major corporations.  Paul is an attorney and Sarah is a licensed clinical social worker.  

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Excellent book for life changing times!
Dianna Sabo
It's motivating to read accounts of people not just scrimping to get by, but living life largely with big ideas--and happily.
Mar G. Preston
I will recommend this book to everyone in business that I know.
Michelle Dunn

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Whiddon on February 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this because I'm extremely worried about my career in this economy. (I'm a Hair Salon Owner and a Stylist) I've been doing this for a long time and I love it. But we have been hit by this economy so hard that I thought I would get this book to prepare for hard times. Get a 2nd job. Most of the Careers listed aren't safe or feasable. I have a Massage Therapist working for me and also network with 5 others and they are taking 2nd and 3rd jobs to even bring home any money. This is a luxury for people right now. Mobile services! Again, most people can't afford a Personal Shopper; an Errand Service. Cleaning Services are being cut back when it is something you can do yourself. A few years ago, these were good, (just good) suggestions. Times have changed and people are looking for real ways to survive. I think they needed to update the information and really think about people that are living pay check to pay check. Most of these people are who we'd be marketing to. If they are living pay check to pay check then a massage, a haircut, personal shoppers, errand services, personal chefs, cleaning services, interior decorating, etc. will not be their sweet spot. They are going to buy the necessities and that is about it. I would do your own research, because this info is too old to deal with these economic conditions.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mar G. Preston on January 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
I could not be more enthusiastic about the usefuleness of this book. Anyone who has seen the erosion of his paycheck or retirement fund will find value in the huge number of ideas and resources useful in re-directing a future to cope with a very slippery economy. It's motivating to read accounts of people not just scrimping to get by, but living life largely with big ideas--and happily. What a piece of work to pull all this together! My copy is already marked up and tagged with sections that inspire me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Buzzell-saltzman on April 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm a career counselor and am delighted that the Edwards have written this forward-thinking book. It's the first of its kind I've seen that's written for a new time and a new economy. I'm recommending it to my clients who are struggling to maintain a middle-class life in turbulent economic times. It helps them realize that things have really changed and we need to be considering new options and new approaches that seem counter-intuitive and different from what we've explored in the past. I urge those of you who are resisting what the Edwards are saying to take a second look. Don't shoot the messenger! Realize that they're offering really helpful advice for rapidly changing conditions.

The book doesn't recommend any one choice over any other, but instead puts forward a well-researched smorgesboard of choices that other people are actually pursuing successfully. The Edwards point out the pros and cons of each of these occupations. The list they present can help trigger people's imaginations as they search for a way forward into a richer but perhaps simpler way of life. They don't pull any punches in telling us that to survive and thrive in future economic conditions, we'll need to get out of debt, curb our shopping addictions and be open to new ways of doing things. You may not want to hear this, but it's excellent and practical advice.

Even Alan Greenspan admitted yesterday that we're in a recession. Wake up and smell the coffee, folks!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Kennel VINE VOICE on February 24, 2008
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Paul and Sarah Edwards are seasoned writers and know home business intimately. This is their latest book, and will not disappoint the reader. Subtitle is Careers and Life Choices for Navigating a Changing Economy.

This huge book is over 500 pages of research, ideas, and strategic plans for thriving in any economy.

Back cover reads: "Inside, you will discover ways to safeguard your livelihood, provide for your family, and pursue a career you love."

The book introduces many new outside-the-box ways of living, earning money, and enjoying your life. The authors are extremely thorough and lay out options, ideas, views, and then they have put in sections that say "our advice," so you can consider and weigh new concepts in living your life while viewing many pros and cons.

Some ideas presented are about becoming more "green" and doing "greener" businesses; others are about living with roommates or having elderly parents live with you to share expenses and make for tighter bonds; others are about bartering and other financial matters. The ideas presented have extensive details for how to execute them so you can actually picture what each scenario might be like for you and your family.

The authors present dozens of jobs, tell you the projected start up costs, and other details about considering each as a new career or something to add to what you currently do for a living.

Excellent book for people who realize they have to be more creative to make a living, as well as a life, in the USA and in other countries.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kelly O'neill on March 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
In my time of mid-life career transition, this book was helpful in helping to point me to a new career that wouldn't be gone in a few years. And, since I'm closing in on retirement age, lots of helpful ideas on how to make it enjoyable.
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