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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:  Starting Out

101 Best Home-Based Businesses For Women, Revised Second Edition
By Priscilla Y. Huff
Huff runs through the possibilities, job by job, in such fields as customer services, arts and crafts, mail order, computer services, etc. She tells what works and what doesn't in areas like training, equipment, marketing, and pricing. The idea is to choose the right one for you. In each job category Huff advises on startup costs and expected income (for a computer consultant, $55 to $100+ per hour). She estimates how much time each job requires out of the home (for a medical billing service, one-third of the time in doctors' offices). It has a competent index.  Buy it

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
By Paul and Sarah Edwards
A revised edition of the top-selling Best Home Businesses for the 90s, the Edwardses have added 150 pages and a score of new home business ideas (they've dropped about the same amount) for the new century. They profile more than 100 businesses, and discuss the skills and knowledge required to run them, ways to get clients, the advantages and disadvantages of each. The authors also pass along advice from people who have tried each business. Weighing in at 430 pages, this is a comprehensive volume that includes recommendations on how to price products and services as well as thoroughly researched estimates for start-up costs.   Buy it

The Business of Bliss: How to Profit from Doing What You Love
By Janet Allon and the Editors of Victoria Magazine

This thick and glossy book tells the stories of two dozen women who turned hobbies into businesses. Among those profiled are Elizabeth Terry, who started her own restaurant in Savannah, Ga., in a turn-of-the-century mansion and home; and Karen Skelton, who opened a pottery studio when she came away from a gift show with 7,000 orders for her glazed pots. Other businesses covered include bridal and antique shops, a lampshade business, and a home-furnishings mail-order business. Here's proof that a business book can be attractive, with 150 pretty color photographs of handmade vintage dresses, jewelry, flowers, and pillows.  Buy it

Business Start-Up Guide: How to Create, Grow and Manage Your Own Successful Enterprise
By Tom Severance
Although the title emphasizes the start-up phase of running your own business, this is a thoroughly hard-headed approach to every aspect of being in business for yourself, including how to write advertisements, how to forecast sales revenue, and how to "determine the lifetime value of a customer." Especially emphatic about the importance of pricing, Severance suggests a wide range of tactics (about 30), including first penetrating the market and then adjusting your rates to meet the fluctuating demands of the market. The author is an attorney and CPA who practices in San Diego and teaches at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, Calif.   Buy it

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting a Home-Based Business
By Barbara Weltman
As with others in the Complete Idiot series, this guide presents key issues simply and clearly, but has the added advantage of Weltman's lucid style and expertise. The book is comprehensive and thorough but more for the beginner and intermediate than for the advanced IP. The author covers start-up financing, a survey of various home businesses, taxation, local zoning, home office issues (she is a home-based attorney) and questions on balancing work and personal life. Each chapter begins with a preview of what is to come and ends with a summation, called The Least You Need to Know.

Resources and contact information, forms, and a glossary are also provided. Weltman is a nationally-known expert on business and tax planning and the author of several other books on small business.   Buy it

The Concise Guide to Becoming an Independent Consultant
By Herman Holtz
An abridged edition of Mr. Holtz's book How to Succeed as an Independent Consultant, revised for "the young person who is just embarking on a consulting career." The guide discusses current government procurement rules and various marketing, financial and ethical issues, and recommends books, periodicals, consultants' organizations and public speaking contacts.  Buy it

Get a Life! Start Your Home-Based Business Now: One Action Step at a Time
By Sheila Robbins

Sheila Robbins believes owning a home-based business is the most enjoyable way to live and work, and her book explains how to be productive and happy doing so. Believing that the main impediment to making the leap to self-employment is fear, she shows a step-by-step process of replacing fear with knowledge and planning. Don't just think about your business idea, the author advises, research it, read about it, test it, find out who else is doing it, talk with others, and get their reactions. The main reason to be an IP, she says, is not the money but the independence. The book includes case studies, forms, and checklists.  Buy it

Going Indie: Self-Employment Freelance and Temping Opportunities
By Kathi Elster and Katherine Crowley

The aspiring IP must have a good mind-set and a healthy outlook, according to Elster and Crowley. With the right psychology a freelancer can choose the business with the right fit, overcome anxiety, and take prudent risks. A typical theme of the book: five common inner roadblocks to success. Roadblock one is "waiting to be discovered" -- the fantasy that clients will seek you out and find you. Roadblock two is not charging enough because the work is "easy" for you -- a common attitude for highly talented IPs who love their work. (You'll have to imagine roadblocks three through five for yourself.) The book is the product of a successful entrepreneur and a Harvard-trained psychotherapist.  Buy it

Going Solo: Developing a Home-Based Consulting Business from the Ground Up
By William J. Bond
If you've got the expertise in your field, Bond knows how to turn it into a thriving home-based consulting business, and he presents his case in a motivational style packed with success stories. His book advises the fledgling consultant IP on how to get in the door for a first meeting with a potential client, how to cultivate clients, and how to present findings, as well as how to identify and develop spin-offs as additional revenue sources. Bond has also included suggestions for 350 consulting areas. The underlying premise is that you'll never get rich working for someone else.  Buy it

Home-Based Business for Dummies
By Paul Edwards, Sarah Edwards, and Peter Economy

The authors advise on most issues that the home-based IP will encounter, including start-up costs, insurance, taxes, Web sites, and marketing. The reader also benefits from an abundance of tips on survival, such as sidling into self-employment by starting as a moonlighter or taking a part-time job for steady income. And the authors are on target about how to make a home business look extremely professional -- with a custom-designed logo, business bank checks, and a federal ID number. Nobody knows this terrain better than the husband-and-wife Edwards team, but please note: this is a book for beginners.  Buy it

Homemade Money: How to Select, Start, Manage, Market and Multiply the Profits of a Business at Home
By Barbara Brabec
Brabec, who has written several books specifically for artists and craftspeople, is well aware that ideas and talent are not always accompanied by business savvy. She addresses her advice to "dreamers" as well as to the downsized, the corporate dropouts, those who have their own businesses as a sideline, and the well established self-employed. The author's expertise rests on fifteen years of experience as publisher of a home-business newsletter, during which time she interviewed and exchanged ideas with hundreds of IPs. The fifth edition of her book has been expanded and updated to reflect changes in home-based businesses in the new millennium. It includes a 76-page "crash course" on business basics, thirty full-page charts and illustrations, and a resource directory of 300 listings, as well as material on taxes, copyright infringement, multi-level marketing, and municipal regulation of home-based businesses.  Buy it

Honey, I Want to Start My Own Business: A Planning Guide for Couples
By Azriela Jaffe
Honey, I Want to Start My Own Business is a couple's guide to getting through both the psychological and the financial challenges of an entrepreneurial venture. Azriela gets up-close and personal with more than 130 entrepreneurial couples in a variety of industries across the country, who share their successes and failures. Azriela's research shows that business and personal relationships both require solid commitment, thorough preparation, skillful communication, and the ability to keep perspective and a sense of humor. The book stresses the need for a complete family strategy, not just a business plan.   Buy it

How to Really Start Your Own Business : A Step-By-Step Guide, 3rd Edition
By David E. Gumpert
Gumpert, a senior editor at Inc. magazine, guides the reader through the formative stages of a business, including the pre-start-up planning stage, which in his view should be used to test and assess ideas and secure legal protection. He strongly encourages entrepreneurs to carefully estimate what their cash flow will be, and he attaches major importance to defining the scope of the business, niche marketing, and financing. At the end of each chapter, readers test their readiness to move on to the next lesson by completing a series of exercises.   Buy it

Making Money in a Health Service Business on Your Home-Based PC
By Rick Benzel

Extensive outsourcing in the health service industry has created many opportunities for independent professionals. The author's comprehensive examination of the field begins with a succinct explanation of how health insurance works and why physicians need a billing service. It goes on to advise on how to buy software, what to look for when considering the purchase of an existing business, how to attract new clients, how to get proper training, and how to get started, interspersed with tips from successful IPs in the field. A CD with sample medical billing software and sample medical transcriptions is included. This updated edition reflects changes in the healthcare industry since its initial 1997 publication.

Buy it

Start Up: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Launching and Managing a New Business
By William J. Stolze
Should you even think about being an entrepreneur? This book, written by a seasoned veteran who started his own radio communication business, begins with an analysis of the temperament necessary to succeed and a warning of the workload that awaits the unsuspecting beginner. Although it is a positive and upbeat book that emphasizes success and how to grow a business, it also strongly recommends getting experience in your market and fully describes the pitfalls and unwelcome surprises. Stolze, who has also taught entrepreneurship in the MBA program at the University of Rochester, writes clearly and concisely. With new material on how to use the Internet for information and promotion, this update is the fifth revised edition of a book that has sold more than 70,000 copies.  Buy it

How to Open and Operate a Home-Based Communications Business
By Louann Nagy Werksma
A guide for those who want to earn a living coordinating direct-mail marketing, planning special corporate events, or conducting marketing research and analysis. The book reviews the supplies you'll need, and discusses how to set up your office, find clients, establish fees, and manage large jobs.  Buy it

Upstart Start-Ups! How 34 Young Entrepreneurs Overcame Youth, Inexperience, and Lack of Money to Create Thriving Businesses
By Ron Lieber
Here you'll find nearly three dozen stories about young go-getters forging ahead in business despite skimpy credit and little in the way of track records. Although the secrets of success that the author uncovers are fairly standard, and although the tales of scrambling for start-up money -- by means of moonlighting, credit cards, life savings, and parents -- have been heard before, they are vividly presented in a series of frank and breezy interviews well worth the ambitious IP's attention. The author reveals that most of his subjects found ways to attract attention in a crowded marketplace, and contends that entrepreneurship is becoming easier because boundaries are falling. Lieber, the co-author of Taking Time Off, writes for Fortune magazine.   Buy it

The Young Entrepreneur's Edge: Using Your Ambition, Independence, and Youth to Launch a Successful Business
By Jennifer Kushell
How to cope with life while transforming your big idea into a successful business is the theme of this 26-year-old entrepreneur/author's book. Although The Young Entrepreneur's Edge might well aid any IP, the accent here is on those go-getters starting businesses in their college dorm rooms and their parents' garages. Kushell, who started her own painted t-shirt business at 13, gives advice about getting older people to take you seriously, winning your family's approval, meeting important people, and responding decourously when you're carded while entertaining clients. The author founded the Young Entrepreneurs Network, which educates teens and twenty-somethings in 40 countries about thriving as IPs.   Buy it


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