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BOOKS for Independent Professionals
 Short Takes
Doing Business
201 Great Ideas for Your Small Business
Beating the Odds in Small Business
Business Know-How: An Operational Guide for Home-Based and Micro-Sized Businesses with Limited Budgets
The Business of Consulting: The Basics and Beyond
The Business Side of Creativity
The Complete Caterer: A Practical Guide to the Craft and Business of Catering
Complete Guide to Home Business
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Money in Freelancing
The Essential Business Buyer's Guide
Futurize Your Enterprise: Business Strategy in the Age of the E-Customer
How to Build a Successful One-Person Business
How to Make Money Publishing from Home: Everything You Need to Know to Successfully Publish: Books, Newsletters, Greeting Cards, Zines, and Software
Inc. Yourself: How to Profit by Setting Up Your Own Corporation
Money Hunt: The 27 New Rules for Creating and Growing a Breakaway Business
Running a One-Person Business
Secrets of Self-Employment: Surviving and Thriving on the Ups and Downs of Being Your Own Boss
Small-Time Operator: How to Start Your Own Business, Keep Your Books, Pay Your Taxes, and Stay Out of Trouble
Smart Strategies for Growing Your Business
The Successful Business Plan: Secrets and Strategies
What to Charge: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants
The Work at Home Balancing Act: The Professional Resource Guide for Managing Yourself, Your Work, and Your Family at Home
Finance and Taxes
422 Tax Deductions for Businesses and Self-Employed Individuals Business
The Business Plan Guide for Independent Consultants
Collection Techniques for a Small Business
Don't Let the IRS Destroy Your Small Business: Seventy-Six Mistakes to Avoid
Financing Your Small Business
Get Your Money! How to Protect Your Business Without Losing Your Customers
J.K. Lasser's Taxes Made Easy for Your Home-Based Business: The Ultimate Tax Handbook for Self-Employed Professionals, Consultants, and Freelancers
Keep Your Hard-Earned Money: Tax-Saving Solutions for the Self-Employed
Keeping the Books: Basic Recordkeeping and Accounting for the Successful Small Business
Minding Her Own Business
The Small Business Money Guide: How to Get It, Use It, Keep It
Tax Planning and Preparation Made Easy for the Self-Employed
Tax Savvy for Small Business: Year-Round Tax Strategies to Save You Money, 4th edition
Smart Tax Write-Offs
Wage Slave No More: Law and Taxes for the Self-Employed
100 Best Retirement Businesses
101 Best Home Businesses
121 Internet Businesses You Can Start from Home: Plus a Beginners Guide to Starting a Business Online
The 101 Best Freelance Careers
Consulting for Dummies
Finding Your Perfect Work: The New Career Guide to Making a Living, Creating a Life
Guide to Self-Employment
Harvard Business Review on Entrepreneurship
Home Business, Big Business
The Joy of Working from Home: Making a Life while Making a Living
Moneymaking Moms: How Work at Home Can Work for You
Money-Smart Secrets of the Self-Employed
The New Pioneers
On Your Own: A Guide to Working Happily, Productively & Successfully from Home
Soloing: Realizing Your Life's Ambition
Spare Room Tycoon: The Seventy Lessons of Sane Self-Employment
Strikingitrich.com: Profiles of 23 Incredibly Successful Websites You've Probably Never Heard Of
Survival Jobs: 154 Ways to Make Money While Pursuing Your Dreams
Un-Jobbing: The Adult Liberation Handbook
White-Collar Sweatshop
Working for Yourself
Working Solo
Home Office
101 Home Office Success Secrets
The Home Office Book
The Home Office
The Home Office and Small Business Answer Book
The Home Office Solution: How to Balance Your Professional and Personal Lives While Working at Home
Home Offices: Your Guide to Planning and Furnishing
Organizing Your Home Office for Success: Expert Strategies That Can Work for You
Organize Your Home Office! Simple Routines for Setting Up an Office at Home
Practical Home Office Solutions
The Stay-At Home Mom's Guide to Making Money from Home: Choosing the Business That's Right for You Using the Skills and Interests You Already Have
The Ultimate Home Office Survival Guide
The Work-At-Home Mom's Guide to Home Business
Working at Home while the Kids Are There, Too
Working From Home: Everything You Need to Know About Living and Working Under the Same Roof
The Contract and Fee-Setting Guide for Consultants and Professionals
The Copyright Handbook
222 Ways to Promote Your Small Business on a Budget
AMA Complete Guide to Small Business Advertising
The Brand You 50
Bringing Home the Business: The 30 Truths Every Home Business Owner Must Know
Guerrilla Marketing for the Home- Based Business
Marketing on the Internet
One to One Future: Building Relationships One Customer at a Time
Selling the Invisible: A Field Guide to Modern Marketing
Jobshift: How to Prosper in a Workplace Without Jobs
The Perfect Business
The Way of the Guerrilla: Achieving Success and Balance as an Entrepreneur in the 21st Century
Work with Passion
Starting Out
101 Best Home-Based Businesses For Women
The Best Home Businesses for the 21st Century: The Inside Information You Need to Know to Select a Home-Based Business That's Right for You
The Business of Bliss: How to Profit from Doing What You Love
Business Start-Up Guide: How to Create, Grow and Manage Your Own Successful Enterprise
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting a Home-Based Business
The Concise Guide to Becoming an Independent Consultant
Get a Life! Start Your Home-Based Business Now: One Action Step at a Time
Going Indie: Self-Employment Freelance and Temping Opportunities
Going Solo: Developing a Home-Based Consulting Business from the Ground Up
Homemade Money: How to Select, Start, Manage, and Multiply the Profits of a Business at Home
Honey, I Want to Start My Own Business
How to Open and Operate a Home-Based Communications Business
How to Really Start Your Own Business : A Step-By-Step Guide, 3rd Edition
Making Money in a Health Service Business on Your Home-Based PC
Start Up: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Launching and Managing a New Business
Upstart Start-Ups! How 34 Young Entrepreneurs Overcame Youth, Inexperience, and Lack of Money to Create Thriving Businesses
The Young Entrepreneur's Edge: Using Your Ambition, Independence, and Youth to Launch a Successful Business


The Complete Internet Business Toolkit
The Consultant's Guide to Getting Business on the Internet
Growing Your Business Online: Small-Business Strategies for Working the World Wide Web
Making Money in Cyberspace

    This Week's Short Take

White-Collar Sweatshop
By Jill Andresky Fraser

Wonder how your wage-slave friends are holding up under the strains of mergers, downsizing, insane work schedules, shrinking benefits, and corporate double- and triplespeak? Well, wonder no more. Jill Andresky Fraser has spent five years documenting the fact that the 'cubed life leaves a lot to be desired. And we mean a lot! The book features numerous interviews with miserable wage slaves, which give a vivid, sad picture of their plight. Fraser discusses the economic and historical reasons that have created such a work world, and even traces a "path" out of the white-collar sweatshop. Of course, if you're an IP the state of dependent professionalism is no concern of yours. (Surprisingly, Fraser doesn't see IP-dom as much more than an anxious -- and radically unstable -- alternative to corporate life.) This book will remind you of how lucky you were to have dodged the white-collar workshop. And for those of you who've still got a foot in the corporate door, it might give you a final push toward professional freedom.


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    Full Reviews

Soloing Book CoverBeing Self-Employed
By Holmes F. Crouch
Reviewed by Tina Pamintuan

Question: how annoyed can one man get at the IRS during an audit? Answer: so annoyed that he learns all the ins and outs of tax law, switches his career from nuclear engineer to tax practitioner, and writes a series of straight-talking guides that help others meet their taxation obligations without shelling out any more money than necessary.   Read More

The 101 Best Freelance Careers
By Kelly Reno
Reviewed by Tina Pamintuan

If you're an aspiring freelance baker or candlestick maker, but currently make ends meet as a corporate paper pusher, consider checking out this easy-to-read, inexpensive paperback from Berkeley Publishing. The bulk of Kelly Reno's latest "how-to" career guide, The 101 Best Freelance Careers, is an entry by entry listing of some of the most unusual options for IPs. Who knew there were people out there freelancing as spinsters? (No, I'm not talking about old maids in rocking chairs, but IPs who pay the bills by spinning natural fibers into yarn and selling their handicraft by the ball.)   Read More

Soloing: Realizing Your Life's Ambition
By Harriet Rubin

Reviewed by Robert Morris

If your wage-slave job not only leaves you unfulfilled, but drives you nuts too, it might be time to read Harriet Rubin's new book, Soloing (HarperBusiness). But be forewarned -- it might inspire you to quit the job and set up shop for yourself.

To become a soloist, Rubin writes, is to gain "the knowledge one needs to cross over into a world where work and freedom are one and the same thing." She cites several different examples of those who have done so. One is Peter Drucker, "a lone worker who refused for years to let...  Read More

Marketing with Speeches and Seminars: Your Key to More Clients and Referrals
By Miriam Otte

Reviewed by Warren Sloat

There's no shortage of books about public speaking, but most of them concentrate on speechmaking itself -- finding the right topic, writing and researching it properly, and delivering it effectively. In Marketing with Speeches and Seminars, Miriam Otte takes speechmaking a step further: she argues that public speaking is a useful means to an all-important end -- getting clients.

The first issue the aspiring public speaker should address, Otte writes, is that of venue. Once you've identified potential audiences, getting an invitation to speak probably won't be difficult. Otte makes the point, one easily confirmed in practice, that many clubs and organizations are eager, even desperate, to find...  Read More

Kiss Off Corporate America: A Young Professional's Guide to Independence
By Lisa Kivirist

Reviewed by Warren Sloat
As you read Kiss Off Corporate America, you may in places wonder whether the book is a self-employment guide or a psychological self-help manual. The author, Lisa Kivirist, seems to have intended this, for her point is that people who leave corporate jobs for solo careers (or who want to) need to be prepared for...  Read More

Mompreneurs: A Mother's Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Work-at-Home Success
By Ellen H. Parlapiano and Patricia Cobe

Reviewed by Warren Sloat
What's the best thing about working at home? When the authors of Mompreneurs asked this question, one respondent replied: "Can go on school trips." And what's the worst thing? Her response was the same: "Can go on school trips."...  Read More



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