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Making a Living Without a Job: Winning Ways For Creating Work That You Love Paperback – July 1, 1993
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That notwithstanding, if you are exploring the idea of leaving your job and making a living some other way, most likely through self-bossing, then this book is worth your time, particularly if the prospect of making such a change in your life scares you. In fact, it is in regard to that almost inevitable fear that the author has done such a stellar job in establishing and selling herself as an expert coach.
Among the aspects of the book I found most useful were: the author's taxonomy of several types of businesses that one can develop and developing multiple profit centers, including gaining a new perspective on your current job as one of your profit centers.
While mail-order business is covered as an option, I found nothing in the book about doing business on the Internet. It is disappointing and disturbing that a book now in its 17th printing (since 1993) has not been updated to incorporate and present something about the most ground-shaking revolution ever to hit the arena of home-based self-employment. Neverthless, most if not all of what applies to mail order, applies at least as well to on-line selling, so there is some transferability in the information presented.
If you are not sure whether to leave your job and want to explore in some depth what your strengths and limitations are, this book will not get you very far: for that I heartily recommend the classic WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? by Nelson Bolles.
Published in 1993, some of the information is a bit dated, but since the primary thrust of the book is not to provide the reader with specific current opportunities, the book holds up very well over time.
There are many examples of people building different types of businesses, and advice from some well-known success stories. The book is broken into five parts, each with two or three chapters. Each chapter starts with a relevant quote, and treats a specific area of focus, such as; Doing First Things First, Uncovering Your Assets, Creating Multiple Profit Centers, Marketing On A Shoestring, etc.
While there is plenty of advice on creating and starting a business (or multiple businesses), the thing that I think is most important in this book is how the author deals with the psychological issues. Most books on starting your own business will mention the emotional and mental obstacles involved, but seldom give the reader much in the way of concrete methods for dealing with them. This book gives you the tools for dealing with the most difficult part of running your own business - your own habits and attitudes. Winter spends a great deal of time covering the psychological groundwork necessary to succeed at being your own boss. She does this in a clear manner, with examples from the real world. There is also a booklist in the back with resources for different areas, such as Personal Growth, Marketing, Entrepeneurial Inspiration, and so on.
I found this book one of the most useful in working on my attitude about being self-employed. It is a positive, uplifting read without being unrealistic and full of fluff. This may well be one of the best books around for preparing a person to start their own business. While there is not a laundry list of business ideas nor a lot of technical detail like legal issues and such, I think that creating the kind of mindset that allows one to succeed is the first and most important step in reaching that success, regardless of the venture. This book will be a very great help in establishing the kind of mindset that will allow one to succeed. I think the author's approach will also allow this book to be of use for decades to come, regardless of how technologies and markets change. This information is basic to all business ventures.
Unfortunately, the Kindle version is NOT the latest edition, so it is missing the entire Internet/web/ecourse/ebook etc portion of becoming "jobless". There's quite a bit on making an income via mail order business, for example. I also could have done w/o the stories of clients- for all I know, most of them are made up. I'd rather have had more content, fewer anecdotes. Overall though, it was helpful and inspiring book, just unfortunate that the edition offered for the newest technology... omitted technology.