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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; Berkley Trade Paperback Ed edition (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425222853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425222850
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the 1990s, a few clairvoyant writers zeroed in on Americans’ yearning to work from home—and quite a few corporations took note. A decade later, similar advice is being proffered to women from Johnson and Spizman, two mediagenic executives. What’s the change from a decade ago? First, this is more inspirational than practical; the authors do cover writing business plans, for example, but in outline manner. Individual anecdotes are plentiful, as are action steps at the end of each chapter. Second, it is geared to women who, to be honest, are usually the ones demanding career flexibility. Third, it’s filled with rather basic information, the ABC’s of asking to become a teleworker or a quiz testing homebound readiness. To give the authors their due, there is an important chapter on avoiding scams. Good tips and good words abound, although it’s somewhat surprising that two such accomplished professionals push the same kind of work-at-home occupations for women, such as interior design, instead of helping blaze a trail. --Barbara Jacobs

About the Author

Tory Johnson is the founder and CEO of Women For Hire, a nationally respected organization that produces career fairs and conducts job-seeking seminars for women throughout the country. She is a frequent media guest and has appeared on CNN, CBS, NBC, and FOX news. Robyn Freedman Spizman, has authored more than sixty books and is a frequent guest on CNN and Headline News, and has appeared for two decades as a consumer advocate on NBC in Atlanta. Lindsey Pollak, a Yale graduate, is involved with many national women’s organizations and has served as Director of Business Development at WorkingWoman.com.


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This book is an easy read with excellent ideas and information.
Karen S. Langford
Service businesses are growing in demand, and there are enough resources in the book to help you get started doing your own research into your niche.
J. Kennel
For those who are looking to work from home, this book will help you find jobs or money making ideas that are beyond the norm and outside the box.
T. Miller

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Joan M. Finigan on September 19, 2008
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The book was not really what I expected. I read it but it was not all about working from home and some of the sites she recommends cost money to sign up for although she states in the book you should never have to pay a fee. It was okay but I would have rather checked it out from a library or borrowed rather then waste my hard earned money on it. Most of the sites she gave I am already aware of.
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73 of 80 people found the following review helpful By LDNYC on August 7, 2008
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I've already made money from Tory's awesome advice in two areas: adding
AdSense to my website which brings me money every month and with Alpine
Access, which I loooove. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to make some money at home.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By BrianB VINE VOICE on August 14, 2008
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Tory Johnson, the CEO and founder of Women for Hire, and a frequent contributor to several television shows, including Good Morning America, shows you how to make a good living working from your own home. Whether you want to take your current position out of the office, or create a business on your own, this is a practical guide to making it happen.

You get the benefit of her enormous experience, in an easy to read, well organized book. She includes real life examples of people who have succeeded in taking their work home. The book lists many resources, and also explains scams to be wary of. There are a lot of scams out there, as the unscrupulous try to capitalize on this popular trend.

Johnson has provided good guidance to many on succeeding in their careers, and starting their own businesses. She has done it herself, and she knows what she is talking about. If you have ever thought about getting out of the rat race, give this book a try. You will be glad that you did.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Kennel VINE VOICE on August 31, 2008
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Will Work from Home, by Tory Johnson and Robyn Freedman Spizman

This book is written by women for women.

Tory Johnson is the founder and CEO of Women for Hire. Robyn Freedman Spizman is a well known consumer advocate.

The book's premise is that very few can afford not to work at all, but women need more flex time for children and aging parents, among other things.

The book teaches you how to:
* Take your current position home
* Find a new company whose policies will allow you to work from home
* Research a product you believe in, and sell it from home
* Start your own business, doing something you love, for a minimal initial investment

The book includes real-life stories, a step-by-step plan to get started, resource guides, and lists of scams to avoid.

This is a terrific book. It's brand new, so it is up-to-date, and has many pages of helpful web sites, contacts, action steps and time savings tips, as well as various business models to consider throughout the book.

The authors bring up many options for you to think over in planning your move to working at home, and help you see what the big picture will look like--balancing work, home, family, other commitments, alone time.

There are various contacts for helping you continue to do the same job, just at home, or branching out into something totally new--doing computer tech support or accounting for others, doing a daycare or catering business, or doing a direct sales business, to name just a few. Service businesses are growing in demand, and there are enough resources in the book to help you get started doing your own research into your niche.

The book touches on accounting, billing, advertising, marketing, and is helpful--both general enough to help you think outside the box, and specific enough to help you think through your situation--regarding what would really work for you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 6, 2008
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This book is full of information! I love watching Tory when she is on Good Morning America and couldn't wait for the book to come out. It really helped me think outside the box and get going! It is a must read! I started my own house cleaning business. It fits perfectly in my schedule so I can still homeschool my two teenage sons. I am my own boss and I love it. I would recommend it to everyone.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Liz on October 3, 2008
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This book is filled with very helpful information. There are websites listed that address almost any topic about working from home. This book starts from the begining of doing a resume, to setting up your own business and what you need to accomplish before actually working from home.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ohio Mom VINE VOICE on November 5, 2008
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This book goes over several scenarios where you might want to work from home. It is written for women, however, the advice is applicable to men in many instances as well.

The authors cover how to transition your office job to a home office, looking for jobs that are designed to be done from home, starting a business of your own and direct sales from home.

They get you to take a honest look at yourself to determine if working at home is a good fit for you. This is so important, because as wonderful as working from home might sound, there really are some big considerations that you need to keep in mind to be successful.

The section that gives an overview on what you need to do to start up a new business venture (i.e., insurance, EIN, zoning, accounting, taxes, etc.) would be helpful to anyone who is new to the entrepreneur route.

I'd say this book is a great place to start from.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jen on August 22, 2008
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Tory Johnson is one of the most innovative and enthusiastic observers of the workplace, from both the frontlines and from an analytical perspective. How fortunate that her words are now in print!
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