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How to Work for Yourself: 100 Ways to Make the Time, Energy and Priorities to Start a Business, Book or Blog by [Cohen, Bryan]
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  • File Size: 199 KB
  • Print Length: 55 pages
  • Publisher: Bryan Cohen (June 12, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DDT0SWU
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By R. Kinjo on July 1, 2013
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Pros:
*Great book cover and title (proves that great cover and titles gets conversions)
*Paid $0.00
*Will boost your confidence and self-esteem by realizing that anyone can write a book

Cons:
*Everything
*Very generic advice and some without much thought

Here is a sample of tips that are purely common sense and some that lack depth:
*Tip #17 - 1 of the 5 tips for saving massive amounts of time is to "use your sick/vacation days to spend a week straight on your project"
*Tip #19 - "Cut your lunch and dinner in half"
*Tip #69 - "Work harder and smarter"
*Tip #74 - "Look at your latest bank statements to find ways to cut cost"
*Tip #92 - "Figure how to do it free or cheap"

Maybe I should write a book titled "How to improve your life in 7 days"
*Day #1 - Have a Plan
*Day #2 - Eat Healthy
*Day #3 - Exercise
*Day #4 - Be Happy
*Day #5 - Start a Business
*Day #6 - Continue Learning
*Day #7 - Go on Vacation
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This Book is filled with useless tips.
I am Sorry to say, that a Lot of tips consist of "do this" and "do that",
E.g. "Market the hell out of your product": really nice advise... But HOW?

The author does not tell us how.

Other tips are:

- Use the 80/20 principle to be more productive
- Create Goals that you are very proud of
- Sign up for a 5K marathon and train for it

Someone could write a book on each of these tips!
Oh, wait, people already did that:

Use the 80/20 principle: The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less
Create Goals: Goal Setting: 13 Secrets of World Class Achievers
Sign up for a 5K marathon: Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide: Advice, Plans, and Programs for Half and Full Marathons

The author could focus on only one of these "ways" to write a very good specialized book.
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this book has absolutely nothing to do with the title of the book. The Author gives you 105 pieces of crappy advice that have nothing to do with starting a business. For example: eat a cold breakfast, it can save you 5 minutes! Wake up without pressing the snooze button! What?!
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**I've received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review**

I had originally intended to rate it 3 stars, as my expectations of a book titled "How to Work for Yourself" were different to what I actually read. However, upon seeing the price and the subtitle, I firmly believe that implementing just one suggestion in the book will return many, many, many multiples of the investment and that the title is quite adequate.

Before reading the book, I expected either a story of how a fictional young John Doe went from working a 9-to-5, to step-by-step laying out an action plan and carving the personal resources to execute it, or a standard multi-chapter long-form story on what the author did to move from working for someone else to working for himself. This book gave 100 ways (and then some) to prepare yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially to undertake a side-venture. A minority of them were obvious, but some of them were tips that I never honestly thought of (at least no-one ever explained them to me in that way).
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This "how to" is a huge let-down. It's really nothing other than a promo for the author's real money-maker: the course he offers in time management. As such, it should have been offered on his web-site as a freebie.

It offers nothing that one couldn't have thought up one's self, and many of the 100 ideas are just plain ridiculous (in other words, fillers to reach the target of 100). Usually, in these kinds of lists, one expects a couple of gems in among all the rocks, but in this one, nothing doing.

Shoot me down if you like, but I think the Internet has become a way for too many out there to make a fast buck. But, I suppose I should blame myself. By not being more discerning in my selections, I add to the stats that buoy the "how to" industry.

But you don't have to take my word for it. Why not spend some of your hard-earned lucre on this title and see for yourself.
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Two of the best chapters in this book are Chapter 3: Physical Energy and Chapter 6: Massive Physical and Emotional Energy Boosts. While there is nothing new in these chapters, I truly believe that it is a good habit to remind ourselves of what we are capable of and what we should do to treat our body (and mind) well.

How to Work for Yourself: 100 Ways to Make the Time, Energy and Priorities also contains other excellent tips like:
'Go to bed five minutes earlier every day' (+ elaboration on resulting effects) and 'Try something new with your mind, hands or body'. Clearly Bryan Cohen knows a lot about living healthy and how to get to that stage.

Unfortunately this author misunderstood Guy Kawasaki, Apple's former evangelist, who said: "Remember that a finished product is more important than a perfect one'. Guy Kawasaki was speaking about computers and computer programs, who have a short shelf life by nature of industry. Books should not necessarily follow that principle and when they do, like this one, readers get confused because things just don't add up. Presenting three quotes from the author:

1) Work long hours and get free help before you pay anybody to work for you.
2) I pride myself on spending equal time on my personal life and professional life.
3) Spend twice as much time on marketing as you did on creating your project. I addressed this earlier with John Riddle's 20 percent writing/80 percent marketing rule, but you need to spend a lot of time on your marketing to make your product a success. Spend at least twice, if not four times as much time to get your product out there.

Considering that the author wrote 30 books "on the side" while also maintaining a regular job these statements just don't add up.
Something does not fit.

This book contains some excellent advice, some neat summations of what we have heard before plus some strange contradictions.

Gisela Hausmann, author & blogger
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