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Why Aren't You Your Own Boss?: Leaping Over the Obstacles That Stand Between You and Your Dream Paperback – March 25, 2003

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Now You Can Take Control of Your Own Life and Future!
Are you dreaming of the day when you can have your own business and not answer to a boss? Stop dreaming and take action! Unlike all the other business books you have read, this book provides you with a clear and complete formula for success?one that will push you over the hump of starting your own business and offer you the essential tools required to clear the inevitable hurdles that are keeping you from financial independence. Bestselling authors Paul and Sarah Edwards and Peter Economy identify the typical barriers where people get stuck and offer specific strategies, case histories, and research to help you reach your goals. You'll learn:
·What's holding you back
·How to get past your lack of money and health insurance
·How to overcome your selling fears and build confidence
·How to get people to pay you for what you want to do
·And much more!
Filled with assessment quizzes, success stories from real people, and advice from those who've been there, this practical and inspiring book will give you the knowledge you need to make the move from employee to boss!

About the Author

Paul Edwards and Sarah Edwards created their own independent careers in 1974 and now write, speak, and broadcast about new and better ways to work and live. They live in Pine Mountain, California.
Peter Economy is the associate editor of Leader to Leader magazine and an online expert for He lives in La Jolla, California.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (March 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761515372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761515371
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,352,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Fitzgibbon on April 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
Paul and Sarah Edwards founded the Working From Home Forum on CompuServe back in 1983 (that's 20 years ago, folks!) and they have been going strong ever since! Not only were they the first to spell out the necessary steps to start and run your own home business, but they have also proven to be the far and away leading mentors in pursuing a dream to become your own boss. They meticulously detail steps you need to take, questions to honestly ask yourself, and strategies to ensure your success. And, as with every book they have written, they include many interviews with people who have gone through the rigors of self-employment and pass along advice to those just starting out.
If you are serious about finding out if you can make it on your own, then this is the book to start with!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mark Rosmar: on October 5, 2003
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Feeling job stuck and investigating the need to go out on your own? It's time to just stop all the theorizing and get started... Over the years I have bought scores of entrepreneur/business books and most of them, more or less, teach what they claim. Additionally, I rarely ever write reviews. However it would have been very selfish of me if I didn't write one for this book - learning so much from revewers on amazon every day. This concise, inspiring book is yet another commendable effort from these authors. The book is a fantastic resource for any self-motivated budding businesss person who has ever been stuck, for any reason, in the bringing to life of their business idea, it contains very relevant and practical advice. Get this book and you should have no more excuses. I certainly now don't.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chris Jaronsky TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 1, 2007
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The three authors of this book have written at least 19 books on business between themselves. I have a feeling they may know what they are talking about.

The book focuses on what you need to do to start your own business. It covers the main excuses most people use as to why they have not started their own business yet, and what you can do about it. Lack of money? Lack of health care? bad economy? I'm scared? There is a way around all of these issues and the authors talk about each of them and more.

One section in the book I liked was "what if I want to start a business but do not know what kind of business I want to start?" I did the exercise listed in that chapter and came up with two good ideas that I had never thought about before. Now I need to follow the book and put them into action.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. Collins on April 1, 2003
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I have been my own boss for several years and compared to the 20+ I spent wokring for someone else, this is heaven! When I decided to take the plunge and work at home, one of the first books I read was The Edward's Making Money With Your Computer at Home. In their new book I found the boost to my self confidence that every beginning or experienced business owner needs now and then.

I particularly enjoyed the many tried and true words of wisdom and found reassurance learning that others make some of the same mistakes I have. Over the years, I read a variety of books about being self employed.
There are many others who have shared their working formulas in this best yet HOW TO BOOK by Paul and Sarah. One is Jodi Lynn, author of Mommy-CEO. In her book, Ms. Lynn brings first-hand guidance to the challenges of balancing family life, personal life and running your own business.
Kudos to the authors and everyone who was brave enough to take a stand and "tell it like it is."  Now, I know why I decided to be my own boss and am inspired more now than ever before. 
T. Collins, Founder
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