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Product Details

  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; 5 Sub edition (June 7, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874779766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874779769
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,627,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authors, business writers (e.g, Finding Your Perfect Work, Tarcher, 1998) and popular hosts of a radio and a TV show, revise and expand this fifth edition of a super resource that responds to the rapidly increasing work-at-home population, estimated at over seven and a half million. Now tightly integrated with Internet resources, the book covers many highly useful topics, including choosing at-home work as a way of life, outfitting and equipping a home office, managing an office and oneself while working at home, and how to price a product or service and sell the home business. The section on legal advice regarding taxes, insurance, liability, and permits is alone worth the purchase for anyone considering or already involved in making a living from home. With increasing access to information via the Internet and rapidly evolving electronic commerce, more people are taking the plunge and leaving the nine-to-five routine. A definite purchase for all libraries, especially public libraries.ADale F. Farris, Groves, TX
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

For over twenty years Paul and Sarah have been advocates for creating healthy, balanced and fulfilling lifestyles. Their book Working From Home was the first commercially published book about how to work from home. Together they've authored 17 books with over two million copies in print. Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and PhD ecopsychologist. Paul's background is as an attorney, CEO of an environmental research foundation, and public affairs consultant. Their Elm Street Economy website provides information and links to their current projects which includes the Elm Street Library, their blogs, and Let's Live Local.

Only a portion of Paul and Sarah's print and eBooks are listed with this author profile. The rest of their books are with the other Paul and Sarah Edwards author profile.

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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
Several years ago, when it looked like my dream of working from my home could become reality, I picked up this book. (Then in its third edition.) It became my instruction manual for making the transition from small cubicle in a very large office building to a large (bedroom sized) office in my smallish home. Everything you need is there, from the philosophical (how do I live and work under the same roof?) to the practical (do I need a variance in my community), from the business of business (how do I attract business?), to the work of work (how do I organize all this clutter?). Its like a friendly office manager that knows everything. The fourth edition is technologically updated, and every bit as helpful. Even now that my business is somewhat established, I find the book especially useful as a first-place-to-look-reference for "do I need to worry about this" type questions.
There are only two pieces of advise I can give those of you contemplating working from home: spend all your money on a comfortable office chair, and buy this book.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By bizconnect.com on October 28, 2001
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If you want an all-in-one comprehensive work at home reference this is the book to buy. It contains useful information necessary for beginning and experience home workers. Almost everything you must consider before starting or operating your own self-employment venture is included. Covers topics such as marketing, finance, insurance, taxes, legal matters, motivation, organization, setting goals, time management, psychology, equipment and family considerations. Includes checklists, worksheets, diagrams, money saving tips, resources and interviews of people who work at home for a living. I thought this book was easy to read and understand. I can see why Paul and Sarah Edwards are considered experts on the subject of working from home.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 1997
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Although there weren't as many individual business ideas in this book as I had hoped, this book was an amazing addition to my library. It helped me understand everything from the legal aspects of starting a business, to finding financing to setting up my office. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is just starting out in a home based business or who is bringing their work home from the office!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 1998
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I thought this book gave a lot of great tips about starting and maintaining a home business. It has helped me succeed in what I do, and I truly beleive that anyone can work at home. Go for it! It's well worth the investment!
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David M. Lee on February 11, 2006
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(Maybe 2 stars is a little harsh, but I'm not sure I can change it)

The book is relatively thick. It's full of the kind of detail I find somewhat tedious and a deterrent to reading cover to cover - but what to me is tedious might strike you as comprehensive. In any case it seems reference oriented.

There's a little too much pointlessly obvious and irrelevant detail (e.g section on the difference between a scanner and digital camera; a line drawing of how to set up an item of folding furniture which isn't even referred to in the text). Frequently sprinkled contact details for particular companies give it the feel of advertainment at times (eg the page dedicated to detailing modular furnings available from one retailer, complete with price tags and the supplier's web and phone details). It is in all ways US-centric, which is either an advantage or a disadvantage depending on your location.

Though on first look (I do own it) I found little to make me want to actually read the book, it might also as a passable 'wide but shallow' quick reference, especially if you're in the US.

It might also make an OK first book on the topic. I would recommend however, that the prospective reader preferentially (or at least additionally) purchase a number of more succinct, specifically targeted books which explore key topics in depth.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Belledajour on March 20, 2004
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I am starting to think that this is the best book so far on
on all the aspects of working from home. They cover everything well and it is often looked over and over for tips. I keep it next to my computer.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 2002
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This book is solid and helps you in many different areas that you will need when staying home and pursuing an in home business. I was very satisfied with this book and would recommend it to anyone in this situation. Thank you!
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