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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

    Short Takes: Home Office

101 Home Office Success Secrets
By Lisa Kanarek
This unpretentious little paperback is arranged broadly by subject -- clients, work habits, and marketing, among others, but Kanarek has turned what could have been a list of banal truisms into a collection of business tips with a bright style and a slight edge. The author, who has written other books on self-employment, has written what the jacket copy aptly calls the IP's substitute for a company handbook. Slick isn't always better, the reader is told in Tip 37; it's more important that your image match the reality of your business. Kanarek is especially good on client relations -- on making it easy for them to reach you, on promoting their businesses, and remembering important dates. She advises finding out whether they are more responsive to calls in the mornings or afternoons. She even tells you the best days of the week to call. And the book actually has 102 tips -- the last one being always to give more than expected.   Buy it

The Home Office
By Candace Ord Manroe
This book teaches you how to set up an efficient and harmonious home office space in three steps. According to the author, you begin by evaluating your needs and your work schedule. Next you examine the space you have, not leaving out stairwells, closets, attics, or pantries. Lastly, you put your own stamp on the workspace by means of color, furniture and lighting arrangement. Manroe also explains how to tuck an office unobtrusively into part of a bedroom or kitchen, and inventive ways to store papers and materials. The book's color photographs look great -- and the offices they depict look neater than any office anyone has ever worked in.   Buy it

The Home Office Book
By Donna Paul
A fascinating commentary on how to set up an innovative home office. Okay, the offices depicted here are expensive, but just looking at the photographs (there are 250) ought to give even the most frugal IP a few imaginative ideas -- how to use bowling balls as accents and ornaments; how to convert a stainless steel shoe rack into a book and magazine holder; how to use restaurant shelving to hold office papers; and how to fit a fax machine into an antique cabinet. The offices depicted and described are classified by category: those belonging to solo practitioners, to working couples, and to businesses with employees; those in loft areas and those situated in outbuildings. The author is a contributing editor to Metropolitan Home magazine, and the photographs by Grey Crawford are of high quality.   Buy it

The Home Office and Small Business Answer Book
By Janet Attard

In a Q&A format, Attard examines the basics in a strictly business style; there isn't much on the psychology of working at home or how to balance business and personal life. Instead she systematically works her way through frequently asked questions on such matters as starting up, keeping business records, getting attention, and writing a business plan. The second edition, revised and updated to include new material on e-commerce, is a big book of almost 600 pages. The author runs the Business Know-How Forum on America Online.

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The Home Office Solution: How to Balance Your Professional and Personal Lives While Working at Home
By Alice Bredin with Kirsten M. Lagatree
For many self-employed people, the most difficult part of working at home is the boundary problem. Some are continuously leaving the office to water the plants or see why the kids are so quiet; for others, the arrival of bedtime finds them back in the office trying to get a little more done. How to handle the psychological and time-management aspects of working at home are the paramount concerns of the authors, who offers advice on the burdens of isolation, stress, burnout, family and relationship problems, procrastination and depression. The authors puts sleep, nutrition and exercise in the context of business decisions, and offers suggestions on controlling interruptions and dealing with friends and family who think that working at home isn't really working. Bredin, described as a virtual office expert, writes the syndicated newspaper column Working at Home.   Buy it

Home Offices: Your Guide to Planning and Furnishing
By John Riha
Riha takes the reader step by step through the creation of a home office, from planning the location to plumping the pillow. An expert on space who has also written a book on the use of basements, the author advises the novice on squeezing an office into an existing room, converting an unused space, and remodeling. He offers tips on electrical, telecommunications and lighting systems and devotes a whole chapter to soundproofing for peace and efficiency. He also makes telling points on the use of desks, ergonomic products and storage units. There's even some counseling on zoning ordinances and tax deductions for a home office.  Buy it

Organizing Your Home Office for Success: Expert Strategies That Can Work for You
By Lisa A. Kanarek
Kanarek writes about how to work from home, how to make that arrangement work, and how to have a life at the same time. She wants order, efficiency, and a clutter-free environment -- but not just by lining up your pencils from longest to shortest. Home offices, she says, have to be geared to the personality and style of the individual. "Being a perfectionist," she writes, "is counterproductive because obsessing over details takes time away from working." This guide, the second edition of a book that has sold nearly 200,000 copies, includes material on streamlining paperwork and setting up a personalized filing system. The author, head of a Dallas-based consulting firm, reassures her readers: "No matter how bad you think your office is, I've seen worse."   Buy it

Organize Your Home Office! Simple Routines for Setting Up an Office at Home
By Ronni Eisenberg with Kate Kelly
According to the author, time management and organizational skills can be learned; and for the IP working at home, she contends, these skills often spell the difference between success and failure. One helpful discipline, Eisenberg advises, is deciding ahead of time how long you will focus on the project at hand without distractions. If you are interrupted too often, keep charts and records on how they occurred, review them later, and figure out how to prevent them in the future. For the author, taking control of her work time means not getting up for a drink of water or to see what the fax machine is sending unless the time has arrived that you chose for a break. She even advises on an efficient way to procrastinate. It sounds obsessive, but if you're currently inefficient and need to increase your productivity, this guidebook is worth a try. Eisenberg has co-authored seven books about organizational skills.   Buy it

Practical Home Office Solutions
By Marilyn Zelinsky
This book provides serious advice on why you should not move a desk into a corner of the bedroom or just drop your papers on the dining-room table and call it your home office. A proponent of ergonomic furniture, correct work-surface placement, and healthy work habits, Zelinsky cites the importance of appearances as well as eyestrain, back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome as arguments for proper office planning, the theme of her book. She fleshes out the theme by consulting with design professionals and ergonomic specialists, and -- to check on the results -- with their customers. There are first-person stories of home-office problems -- dealing with poor telecommunications services in rural areas, setting up an office to deal with physical disabilities, and fitting a retail business and showroom into a home. Zelinsky also fills in the reader on such details as the price of furniture, with every alternative from unassembled plastic units to expensive "computer armoires" that look like antiques when closed. And yes, there is a chapter on feng shui.   Buy it

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
By Liz Folger
Finding a niche is the main theme of this book, which also includes advice on getting started, working with children running around, and staying mentally and physically healthy. Profiles of 34 mothers who have home businesses provide a diversity of viewpoints. The author, a syndicated columnist, advocates a balance of life and work that will lead to success both as mother and businesswoman. This new and revised second edition has updated material about business on use of the Internet. There's also a valuable chapter on how to avoid scams and come-ons.   Buy it

The Ultimate Home Office Survival Guide
By Sunny and Kim Baker
The IP who wants to know about setting up the technology for a totally plugged-in home office, avoiding the pitfalls of working at home, and establishing a office routine will find guidance on these and related maters in this "full-time-office-consultant in book-form," as the authors call it. Interviews with successful home-based workers supplement the views of the authors on subjects including telecommuting, franchising, and marketing on the Internet. The book comes with a CD-ROM that provides office forms, charts, and checklists of resources. The authors, a husband-and-wife team, have written 25 books on various business and self-help subjects while working out of a home office.   Buy it

The Work-At-Home Mom's Guide to Home Business
By Cheryl Demas

When do husbands truly start supporting a wife's home business? At the moment, says the author of this chatty and amusing book, that the wife starts to make money. She takes mothers through the home-office way of life in a supportive guidebook that stresses relationships as much as it does business. Demas knows what she's talking about: she's the founder of WAHM.com, where she advises moms who work at home while caring for their children.   Buy it

Working at Home while the Kids Are There, Too
By Loriann Hoff Oberlin
Oberlin, who has done it herself, advises on all the aspects on combining a home business with raising children. She explores such topics as how to satisfy and even involve the children in work, creating a childproof home office, dealing with limited space and resources, fitting housework into the day (or night), finding family health coverage, and the value of support organizations. The author gives considerable attention to the problem of frequent interruptions and conflicting priorities. Composed with humor and small doses of encouragement, the book also includes expert advice from Fred Rogers (of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood) and parenting author Kevin Leman. The author of two other books, Oberlin aims this book at fathers as well as mothers.   Buy it

Working From Home: Everything You Need to Know About Living and Working Under the Same Roof
By Paul and Sarah Edwards
The fifth edition of this comprehensive work, another revision, and expansion, is now 664 pages, and is beginning to look like an encyclopedia. As the subtitle claims, it has information about virtually everything about running a business from home -- from incorporation to one-minute housecleaning while you're on hold. Although the Edwardses write in clear and intelligent prose, their observations and guidance are decidedly general; the book doesn't talk much about specific businesses. One observation they offer is this: the most frequent bad habit of people who work at home is that they spend too much time in front of the refrigerator.   Buy it

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