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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:  Finance and Taxes

422 Tax Deductions for Businesses and Self-Employed Individuals
By Bernard B. Kamoroff
Kamoroff's guide is not about loopholes or gray areas in the law, but is rather a collection of genuine and acceptable tax deductions arranged alphabetically from Accountants to Zoning. The 422 entries also include cross-references and a note on the proper IRS expense category for each. Some entries are skimpy ("deductible" is the only word written about Exterminator Services), others beefy (four pages on the intricacies of "office-in-the-home"). Kamoroff, a CPA and author of the well-known business book Small Time Operator, points out that a business owner has to claim deductions for himself; he can never assume that his accountant will find them all. Debunking the myth that accountants are utterly devoid of personality, Kamoroff writes with a touch of wry humor. Possibly of help to a big business, this guide is geared to the one-person and small businesses. His advice: "When in doubt, deduct."   Buy it

The Business Plan Guide for Independent Consultants
By Herman Holtz
Written primarily for the newly independent consultant, The Business Plan Guide discusses the importance of defining one's products, services, and sales strategies, conducting market research and projecting income. The book contains a complete sample business plan.  Buy it

Collection Techniques for a Small Business
By Gini Graham Scott and John J. Harrison
This book offers practical tips on how to turn receivables into cash. Worksheets and checklists help businesses establish credit policies and track accounts. The book advises how to deal with disputes, negotiate settlements, win in small claims court, collect on judgments, and bring in a collection agency or attorney when necessary. Gini Graham Scott has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California Berkeley; John J. Harrison is the author of It's A New Day For ConsumersBuy it

Don't Let the IRS Destroy Your Small Business: Seventy-Six Mistakes to Avoid
By Michael Savage
Writing for businesses too small to have a tax attorney or a tax accountant on retainer, the author attempts to guide the IP and small businessperson through the complexities of tax law. Savage, a Manhattan tax attorney, combs through the 3,000-page federal tax code, offering expert advice on how to prevent running afoul of IRS protocol. He covers everything, from the fundamentals of the home-office deduction to the intricacies of retirement plans. The author describes the book as a compilation of the recurring mistakes he has seen in his quarter-century of practice.   Buy it

Financing Your Small Business: Techniques for Planning, Acquiring, & Managing Debt
By Art DeThomas
The book introduces readers to the fundamentals of finance and explains various financing alternatives in friendly, non-technical language. Among other things, this book aims to help readers understand financial statements, determine how much debt their businesses can afford, and find the appropriate banker. Mr. DeThomas, a business consultant with a Ph.D. in finance, has been associated with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Georgia Small Business Development Center and has worked with many small business clients over the past 15 years. He serves on the editorial review boards of several publications, including Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice and Journal of Economics and Finance.  Buy it

Get Your Money! How to Protect Your Business Without Losing Your Customers
By Eliot M. Wagonheim
Getting paid is the desirable outcome for the largest of companies, but for the IP in a newly started business it's a matter of survival. Wagonheim has written a whole book about a subject that tends to be dealt with only briefly in a lot of business books: how to keep the cash flow coming without pestering clients. The author deals with safely accepting credit cards and checks, spotting potentially troublesome clients, handling difficult and demanding customers, resolving disagreements on payment, and what to do if money disputes are intractable. A commercial litigation lawyer practicing in Baltimore, Wagonheim also advises on how to file suit, how to avoid hiring attorneys, and how to collect when you have won a judgment -- often a problem in small claims courts. He also provides model documents.   Buy it

J.K. Lasser's Taxes Made Easy for Your Home-Based Business: The Ultimate Tax Handbook for Self-Employed Professionals, Consultants, and Freelancers
By Gary Carter

Carter's book has many virtues and a few flaws. To the good, it is written specifically for IPs, not small businesses. Devoting three chapters to the subject, he aggressively promotes the cause of taking an office in the home, and he highlights the advantages of operating as a limited liability company. Somewhat questionably, he talks up doing one's own tax return. And, perhaps because he teaches accounting at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, Carter overestimates the interest IPs will have in doing their own tax research. This 4th edition is revised to cover new tax laws and regulations.   Buy it

Keep Your Hard-Earned Money: Tax-Saving Solutions for the Self-Employed
By Henry Aiy'm Fellman
Tax shelters are not just for the rich, according to Fellman -- they're available to you as an IP of virtually any income. Claiming that 70 percent of home businesses overpay their taxes, the author explains how to take advantage of every tax deduction allowable. He advises on how to choose the legal structure (sole proprietor, partnership, etc.) that's best for you and how to shift income in your family to save on taxes. His major concern, however, is converting many of your expenses into business deductions. There are some valuable insights in his book, although advocating going into business in order to save taxes is putting the cart before the horse.   Buy it

Keeping the Books: Basic Recordkeeping and Accounting for the Successful Small Business
By Linda Pinson and others

An easy explanation of a vital subject for IPs who don't know single-entry from double-entry bookkeeping. The book explains all aspects of recordkeeping from keeping a general ledger to analyzing a financial statement. The author and her contributors also explain how cash flow can be projected on a monthly basis and how you can use the information to understand your business. Pinson details when to pay state and federal taxes and what to have ready for your tax accountant. This updated fifth edition has illustrations, worksheets, and forms.   Buy it

Minding Her Own Business:The Self-Employed Woman's Guide to Taxes and Recordkeeping
By Jan Zobel
Written in plain language, Zobel's book will teach you through real-life examples how to keep a simple set of records; what the IRS would expect to see in an audit; how to lessen your chances of being audited; what it means to work as an independent contractor; which expenses are deductible and what proof you need to have; what tax forms are used by self-employed people; who needs to make quarterly estimated tax payments; how to calculate how much to send quarterly; what to do if you don't have enough money to pay your taxes; how to select a bookkeeper or tax preparer; how new tax laws will affect you, and many other things. It's a year-round guide to reducing taxes and avoiding audits.   Buy it

The Small Business Money Guide: How to Get It, Use It, Keep It
By Terry Lonier and Lisa M. Aldisert
Lonier and Aldisert offer advice for the fledgling freelancer on where to look for financing (including banks, government programs, finance companies, and credit card companies), and explain that the right financial source at one stage of a business can be the wrong source at another stage. They also offer guidance on dealing with cash-flow problems and writing business plans, and emphasize the importance of a financial team -- banker, accountant, lawyer, and insurance broker -- to keep you on track. Most small businesses fail, the authors say, because they find themselves strapped for cash after getting started. Plan on needing at least 50 percent more money than you think will be required to start a business and to keep it going in the early stages. Co-author Lonier, who has written several other books on the solo experience, is a major player in the field of small-business consulting.   Buy it

Smart Tax Write-Offs (Third Edition)
By Norm Ray
Ray's professed goal is not just to provide you with lists of deductible items, but to prime your "idea pump" so that you'll think of some for yourself. His book, written especially for home-based businesses and independent professionals, is easy to follow and is divided into easily-digestible chunks. Unfortunately, it lacks any discernible method of record-keeping and is not well organized. It may be worth your time to read it anyway -- there are lots of little tidbits of information here that you probably didn't know. He tells you why you can't deduct your wristwatch (yeah, we know, it's vital to your business that you know what time it is -- but you can't deduct it anyway). On the other hand, he explains how you can deduct compact discs, if you play them as business background music. Ray, a CPA, also provides a checklist of possible deductions, and encourages you to take them, which is all to the good.   Buy it

Tax Planning and Preparation Made Easy for the Self-Employed
By Gregory L. Dent and Jeffrey E. Johnson
Putting complicated IRS rules into sentences that earthlings can understand is the authors' chief aim. Dent, a journalist who writes extensively about self-employment, and Johnson, a tax attorney, give special attention to the issue of office-in-the-home, a bedeviling issue for countless IPs. While cautioning the taxpayer about the dangers of taking a home-office deduction, they dispel the myth that doing so always leads to an audit. Additionally, they show how to marshal a case for the deduction. Another chapter offers valuable tips on keeping accurate tax records. The second half of the book shows, line by line, how to fill out the most important tax forms for self-employed taxpayers.   Buy it

Tax Savvy for Small Business: Year-Round Tax Strategies to Save You Money, 4th edition
By Frederick W. Daily
Almost every decision a business owner makes has tax consequences that can affect the bottom line. Thinking hard about your taxes is therefore not something you do in April, says the author of this reliable guide, but something you should do all the year round. The book also provides advice about what to do if you can't pay your taxes on time, including information on installment payments. Daily also advises on how to behave during an audit and how to use a computerized bookkeeping system.   Buy it

Wage Slave No More: Law and Taxes for the Self-Employed
By Stephen Fishman

Fishman (an attorney, ironically) thinks ordinary people can do a lot of their legal and accounting work for themselves. In Wage Slave No More, he gives advice on how to fulfill start-up requirements, comply with IRS regulations, choose a business name, protect patents, avoid booby-trap contracts, and draft your own consulting contracts with clients. The second edition includes a full explanation of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 and its consequences for the IP. Buy it

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