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Making money with your computer at Home Paperback – October 27, 1997

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Self-employment gurus Paul and Sarah Edwards have updated their popular Working from Home series with a new edition of Making Money with Your Computer at Home: The Inside Information You Need to Know to Select and Operate a Full-Time, Part-Time, or Add-On Business That's Right for You. Focusing on the publishing, health, finance, music, and design industries, they describe 100 viable computer-oriented home-based enterprises in part 1 and include resources for further information. In part 2, they explain how to use computers to manage finances, fulfill administrative duties, complete marketing chores, and perform other tasks.

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The Edwardses, noted for their books on home-based businesses ( The Best Home Businesses for the Nineties , LJ 11/15/91), have added another to in their "Working from Home" series. With their usual thoroughness, they have compiled profiles of 75 home- and computer-based businesses, all relying on the computer to generate and operate the business. Each business is rated for its type, income potential, ease of entry, and as an add-on business to existing businesses. There are sections on helping one decide which business is best; on using the computer to manage accounting, administrative tasks, and marketing; and on using on-line databases to locate customers, collect money, and find information to help one compete more effectively. All who have gained valuable advice from the authors' previous books will want to add this one to their reading list. Recommended for public libraries.
- Loraine F. Sweetland, Rebok Memorial Lib., Silver Spring, Md.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 391 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; 2nd edition (October 27, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874778980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874778984
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,454,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gregory McMahan VINE VOICE on May 21, 1999
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In remarking about her entrepreneurial success, Liz Claiborne once said, 'Start with a low overhead and be willing to do everything yourself'. While I am very impressed with the comprehensive knowledge that the Edwards team possesses and conveys on the subject of home business, and the thoughtful, intelligent organization of their book, I believe that their thinking falls short in a couple of areas.
The key word for this book is: outsourcing. They believe, and are very likely correct, that outsourcing is the future. Everything that you or a company would have done yourself a decade ago you are now outsourcing to others to do for you today. They also appear to ignore the fundamental organizational and economic implications of the world wide web. The barriers to entry on the internet are almost non-existent for practical purposes. Anything that you can do, someone ten thousand miles away in Rangoon can do, too- most likely for less. Outsourcing is touted as giving you more control, allowing you to work less while giving you more. However, many who engage in outsourcing are actually working harder than they were when they held full-time jobs. Proximity, or the close location of business to client, does have its merits, but these are more often weakened rather than strengthened by computers and the internet. Outsourcing and proximity can work for the home business, but they more often work against it.
Yet, this does not mean that the Edwards team did not write an excellent book. In many ways, this is probably the best book out there for those who are not one hundred percent technology literate or computer savvy. Whereever possible the Edwards team encourages the reader to support and work with other home business people.
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This is a good book with some good ideas, and it is cross-referenced so that you know what kind of business each idea involves. There are some ideas that I did not think of, along with additional resources listed.
The only problem is that the book is very dated now. This book was born when the internet was still gaining in popularity. One of the job descriptions suggests that companies are still unsure of how the internet can best be used.
I'd love to see an undated version of this book. Until then, it's a good, but limited resource for my needs.
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By A Customer on June 18, 2000
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I host a work at home parents bulletin board and I highly recommend this book to my posters. It's packed with a lot of useful information about taxes, business set-ups and ideas for starting a work-at-home business.
The only complaint I would have is about the brevity of some of the ideas. In the interest of condensing the size of the book, the authors seem to have chopped several much-needed paragraphs from many of the ideas, such as suggestions for researching the idea and talking with people already in the field.
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By A Customer on June 1, 1999
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Finally a making money at home book that is worth buying! This is an outstanding, easy read loaded with ideas for everyone. The 100 computer-based businesses listed each come complete with resources to follow up on in addition to what to expect in the area of salary. Paul and Sarah Edwards seem to really have a knack for communicating what so many of us are looking for. Of course the book contains all of the important money and business issues as well. I highly recommend this book as a "one-stop-shop" on the subject.
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This book was clear and concise on getting the information needed to determine if one is suited for self employment on the internet. The authors obviously have alot of experience with online promotion of a business. This is what I was looking for. I would recommend it to anyone who is serious about working at home thru the internet.
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By A Customer on March 31, 2000
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Maybe I was expecting too much, but this book is nothing more than a list of jobs to choose from. There are no great secrets. It will say "Website Graphics Designer - A lot of money can be made on the web, get a computer and take some classes, blah, blah, blah." Really common sense stuff. I guess it gives you some ideas for jobs but I would have been happier keeping my money.
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If you want to earn money from you home, you must read this book. I have read a lot of books in Russian and English like this one in the last year. Besides irrevalent information, all I got was nonsense! This book, though, tells you everything you need to know and simplies it in easy to read format.
I was amazed at some of the ideas presented in this book. I highly recommend the book for everyone who wants to work solo and be his/her own boss. I have always wanted to stay home and be my own boss! This is the real way to the dream.
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This is another of Paul and Sarah Edwards'home business books, originally published in 1997. Much of the information here is similar to the computer-related material in their "The Best Home Businesses" book. Unlike the other book, this one has an Index.

While my comments about their other book obviously hold for this version of that information, the rapid changes in the computer industry make this a trickier buy unless you are already fairly computer savy, in which case you probably wouldn't need it anyway. The tremendous upsurge in outsourcing computer jobs to other countries, as well as sheer technological progress, has changed the face of some of these job categories considerably. You will need to research much more current information before committing to a business mentioned here.

That said, they do provide a good basic overview of what each business might entail. If you do not know much about computer-based business, this would be a good primer to see if something along that line interests you. I would recommend, however, that you do much more research with current information sources before you make a decision.
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