How to Succeed by Working for Yourself
44% of 2500 unemployed
people said that they considered starting their own businesses.
Yet only about 4% actually did.
How many times have you thought about striking out on your own and working for yourself? What's held you back? Fear? Not sure you can do it? I can help.
This is NOT a "get rich quick" book, but rather a practical 250+ pages, 55,000+ word guide
to working for yourself, especially as a consultant or other service
Covers everything you want to know about self-employment, from what to do about health insurance to how to best use a website.
The only true job security you can have today is from working for
yourself. Only self employment can make you immune to down-sizing, layoffs
and corporate restructuring.
Self employment is also the best path to personal happiness - controlling
your own destiny, setting your own goals, working at your choice of
times and at your level of effort - these are the things that will
truly bring happiness.
Why should someone you may not even know determine if you get
a paycheck next week? Why should the needs of a faceless corporation
determine the happiness of you and your family?
Take control. You are the master of your life - don't let
someone take that away from you!
I have over 30 years of experience working for myself, mostly as a self employed
computer consultant. Note that this is not about "contracting", is not about
finding venture capital or becoming the next Google. It's about how to
work for yourself and be successful at it.
Now available in a Kindle version for just $2.99: Psst - wanna work for yourself? [Kindle Edition]
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This definitely is not just for computer consultants. I've owned
a retail store and sold rare coins at hobby shows. I've sold industrial
equipment and heat exchangers - whatever your business plan is, I can help.
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By the way, all the "experts" tell me that I need fancy graphics on this page -
and that I can pad my page count
with lots of pictures and charts. They also say I need
lots of RED STUFF.
I don't think either of us needs more red stuff. As to padding page
counts with silly filler, no I didn't do that either. No fluff!
There are no "secrets" here. No "magic formulas". The book isn't "packed
with wealth building knowledge". You can read the table of contents
below - it's just practical advice that came from decades of experience working for myself.
If you want somebody screaming "You need to buy this NOW" in flashing
red headlines, you need to go elsewhere. Sorry - I don't like hard sells
and I'm just not going to do it.
If you want to pay $20, $30 or more for a 20 page piece of fluff -
and it only reached that many pages because the type is big and they
threw in illustrations - go ahead. This is more than 250 pages of
real information for just $4.99!
Why did I write this? Because I've been helping people start
their businesses for years. All I usually ask is that we go to
lunch - they pay for my food and I let them pick my brain. Here's
your chance to "take me to lunch" - for just $4.99.
You'll learn the most common reasons for failure - and
why failure rates are grossly overstated! You'll learn why
worrying about health insurance is a silly thing to do. You'll
understand why some large companies may be afraid to hire you - and
what you can do about that!
Learn why your lawyer or accountant might not give you the best
advice. Find out the advantages and disadvantages of having
a home office. Learn the power of retainers and automatic
discounts. Should you have employees? How do you set your
rates? How can you best use the Internet? How can you raise
your rates without upsetting customers?
Learn all this and much more from someone who has
been doing it for decades.
Still not sure this book will help you? OK, I understand and of course
I will refund your money if you are not happy. But what if you are happy
enough - you got your money's worth - but you still have questions about
working for yourself? Just
send me email at the special address at the end of the book. Ask me
anything about this and I will answer you for free. How's that
for a bonus?
iPhone readers and others: This book is formatted for computer reading. I'm working on offering it in other formats, but for now, just buy this and then write to me telling me what you need and I will get it to you asap.
Review Copies: If you would like to review this e-book, just send me an email showing where you have done similar reviews and I'll be happy to send you a free copy.
Highly enjoyable reading! - Andrew
Regards & thanks for a great read. It's been over 3 years since I made the jump from the big corporation to self employed and it's really a pleasure to read someone else's experiences which have been very similar to my own. For me it's allowed me 3 wonderful years seeing my kids arrive into the world and I'm just very lucky that I work 50% of what I used to and the bills are still being easily paid! - Donal
The best part about your book, is it helps me realize I am not nuts and heading in the right direction - Steve
Very helpful and insightful - Eric
Thanks. Good read - Paul
Incredible resource and very complete - John
This book is definitely worth your time and considering the price, one of the best investiments you can make. Review by Jimmo at Linux Tutorial
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Check Out the Table of Contents!
Psst wanna work for
Dreams of self
and happiness 17
your own ball 19
Lone Wolf 21
The Joy of Self
The Pain of Self
My story 31
Nice work if you can get
The time is right 39
Websites and Broadband 41
Health Care 43
Contracting vs. self
Attitudes toward self
Self Discipline for the
Autodidacts and Self
Accidental Entrepreneurs 57
Are we happy? 59
is more than money 59
is not Success 61
It's not luck 63
Cake and ice cream 65
your ideal life? 67
The secrets of success 71
or confidence? 72
if you aren't all that confident? 73
you are hot stuff, aren't you? 76
not for everyone 76
your skills aren't enough 78
fake "consultant" 80
this job and shove it 81
miss you when you are gone 82
Raising money for your
Licenses and what-not 89
Costs of starting up a
Choosing a name for your
Business Cards 97
Sole proprietor or
Home office? 107
Reporting Income 115
Separate Bank Account? 117
Setting hourly rates 119
time loosely 122
for travel? 123
Raising your rates 125
Coaches and Mentors 137
Gigs, the long and the
short of it 139
Small things 143
and websites 143
and fax 143
your limitations 144
projects are too big for you to handle 144
Don't hate what you do 146
is possible 146
that you have to get paid 147
Who said anything about
Opportunities really are
wide open 151
for the itch 152
your customer 154
make assumptions 156
and family members 157
end clients 158
Sales Calls for Tech
Customer Service 165
old customer is better than a new customer 166
Don't be cheap with your
You sounded annoyed 173
Don't make it hard for your
Where can you get the
Firing Customers 181
customer who buys too much 181
your eggs 182
customer who sucks your soul dry 184
much of a stretch 184
the "potential dance" 185
spec work 186
is good for whom? 186
Time and billing 187
Early, Bill Often 190
Invoices Should Look Professional 191
prepaid hours with retainers 199
Email and Phone Support
Are you afraid of your
Customer Relations 207
Small Business Advertising
have to ask 209
have to sell 210
money isn't the goal 210
out from the crowd 211
the pros help 212
"R" Word 214
Fluctuating income 217
Life is not Fair 219
it's really bad right now 220
Tired and stressed 223
Getting more done 227
takes time 229
many important things 230
Keeping sharp 237
the unfamiliar 238
Sick Days 241
Disaster Plans 245
Websites for the self
a website 249
Brochure Site 250
store front 250
Article site 251
Ideal Site 252
Web Sites 255
site or sites 256
your Products 256
E-books for business
Grow or die? 263
What's your business worth
to you? 265
You don't have to own the
Selling out 269
Internet Links 273
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