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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (July 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419670654
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419670657
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,117,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

An award-winning humorist, entrepreneur and recovering corporate marketer, Michael Katz translates his unique view of everyday life into useful, authentic and entertaining business insights. As Founder and Chief Penguin of Blue Penguin Development, Inc., Michael is a recognized expert in the development of electronic newsletters, and helps clients significantly increase sales by showing them how to build on their existing relationships. Since launching Blue Penguin in 2000, Michael has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week Online, Bloomberg TV, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and other national and local media. He is the author of three books, and has published over 175 issues of his “E-Newsletter on E-Newsletters,” a biweekly with 5,000 passionate subscribers in over 40 countries around the world. Michael has an MBA from Boston University and a BA in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal. He also has a second degree black belt in karate (Kempo), a first degree black belt in parenting (three children), and is a past winner of the New England Press Association award for "Best Humor Columnist."

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This book is typical Michael Katz, funny, informative, and a great read.
Carl Valeri
As a solo professional I'm always looking for "the" book that is a quick read with great advice.
D. Breen
If you aren't one yet, this just may be the book to get you thinking about taking the leap.
Phoenix

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phoenix on August 10, 2007
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This may be the first of it's kind. Katz draws on his personal successful experience as a solo professional while adding the type of humor that makes you laugh but also makes a point. Each "quirky story" educates and motivates in very practical and useful ways. If you aren't one yet, this just may be the book to get you thinking about taking the leap.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Breen on August 22, 2007
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As a solo professional I'm always looking for "the" book that is a quick read with great advice. This is it! This is the kind of book that will never make it to the bookshelf. My already dog-eared copy will live on my desk and serve as a reference when I need inspiration and comic relief when I just need a break. The perfect gift for the seasoned entrepreneur and a must read for those just starting out!
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Michael Katz, in his book "It Sure Beats Working: 29 Quirky Stories and Practical Business Lessons for the First-time, Mid-Life, Solo Professional", made me feel as if I was involved in a personal conversation with the author through his journey towards becoming a solo professional. While reading, I laughed and shook my head in affirmation while Katz recounted stories which included starting a business, and the lessons he learned while growing his business. Katz candidly divulges his true feelings and experiences, while letting the reader learn from his trials and successes.

Michael began his adult life as most of us do, graduating collage and working for a large corporation. As many working professionals can relate, he discovered working in a large company was not his true direction in life. If you are stuck in a cubicle hard at work and are trying to avoid the political drama at work, you will share his angst when he speaks of attending unproductive meetings and his yearning to leave a boring job.

Katz attained his goal of leaving his "secure" job with a large company and striking out on his own. If you are thinking of leaving your job, or you have recently joined the ranks of solo professional, this book is a must for you. The greatest benefit to the reader is the authors ability to candidly tell us his experience, and make the reader realize he is not alone in his struggle to make it in the world as a solo professional.

Since I am also a mid-life individual who changed course in his professional life, I felt as if he was speaking directly to me, although I can't relate to his struggle with baldness. My hair is all there, but has turned gray.

The chapter I enjoy most is entitled "Become a Leading Expert in Something".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marijo Mccarthy on September 10, 2007
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For those of us who are professional advisors (I happen to be a small business lawyer), we have long since learned an important lesson ... it takes a good sense of humor to get us through the tough times. And that's exactly what Michael Katz does for us in his new book, "It Sure Beats Working"...he shares humor (and teaches us how to find it everyday), he imparts practical advice (yes, while laughing, you will actually learn something you can put to work right away), and he generously gives that useful something called life experience. Practical advice...humor...life experiences you will recognize immediately... how can you go wrong?! Answer...you can't, so get your dose today, and put Michael's business lessons into practice tomorrow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Brownlow on September 10, 2007
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When this book first arrived in the post I never intended to read it right away (too busy working as a solo professional!) So I just dipped into it and read one or two of the stories.

Then one or two became three or four. And more...

It's humorous. It's motivating. It has practical lessons for your solo future. But most of all, it's a super read. How often can you enjoy an entertaining couple of hours with a book and be helping your career and buisness prospects at the same time?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurence I. Barsh on September 22, 2007
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As a subscriber to the Blue Penguin Development Newsletter for years, I've long been a fan of Michael Katz's writing. When I got a note from Michael that he had written a book, I ran over to Amazon (well not really, more like walked, actually just clicked a couple of buttons but you get the point)to get my copy.

As a retired professional who started a solo business after retirement and as founder and owner of SocialMaturity I'm always interested in information that will give boomers and beyond insight into starting a business on their own and retirees an easier transition into retirement. Because so many of us start second careers, I found Michael's book to be a "must read."

His engaging wit and his easy writing style made each chapter/"quirky" story a valuable lesson for those of any age who are starting a solo business.

"It Sure Beats Working" is highly recommended for anyone, young or old, who is starting a solo business.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Gow on November 2, 2007
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So many books about business lessons are a struggle to plow through - they tend to be full of statistics and the authors often full of themselves. Michael's book is a quick read with funny, apt anecdotes from his life - like Lesson #10 and the old man with the tea. What a great, simple story from his personal life with a crystal-clear message that we can all use. I was making notes to myself at the end of each chapter about something I could do to grow our business or reputation - or just make my job more enjoyable. It's also a great book for anyone who's been considering quitting their job and starting something on their own -- but needs either encouragement or a push!
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