How to Succeed on Your Own: Overcoming Emotional Roadblocks on the Way from Cooperation to Cottage, from Employer to Entrepreneur

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The desire for more fulfilling work. The glass ceiling. A job loss. Corporate politics. Family and childcare concerns. The promise of more money. The quest for personal freedom. For these reasons and a host of others, more and more women every day are choosing to create more satisfying work lives for themselves by making the move from corporation to cottage. You may be one of them. If so, then you hold in your hands a valuable tool. Making this decision takes courage, hard work, and business savvy. The single ...
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The desire for more fulfilling work. The glass ceiling. A job loss. Corporate politics. Family and childcare concerns. The promise of more money. The quest for personal freedom. For these reasons and a host of others, more and more women every day are choosing to create more satisfying work lives for themselves by making the move from corporation to cottage. You may be one of them. If so, then you hold in your hands a valuable tool. Making this decision takes courage, hard work, and business savvy. The single greatest obstacle you'll face is not a professional barrier, but an emotional one. You are not just changing your job or location or career. You are making a life change of major proportions: you are changing your identity. How to Succeed on Your Own is the first book to address this concern in depth. It tells you what to expect - and shows how to survive and triumph over the emotional, psychological, and social upheaval you'll encounter - when you strike out on your own and make the rewarding but demanding journey toward a self-structured life. It offers an upbeat, practical road map to mastering the personal and professional challenges you'll face on the way to success. Built around interviews with successful women entrepreneurs and experts, this book discusses timing your move, your emotional readiness, managing your fears, reshaping your business image, the emotional aspects of money, and motivating yourself. It also explores the rich rewards of designing an independent work style that reflects your experience, talents, and dreams.
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Abarbanel offers a guide to help the new female entrepreneur meet the challenges of business success and overcome emotional barriers to it. Chapters cover topics such as timing and reshaping one's business identity. Ultimately, Abarbanel forces readers to ask themselves, ``Is the cottage industry for me?'' To help them decide, she includes interviews with female executives and business advisers involved in start-up cottage businesses of their own. The author, a marketing communications specialist and a founding editor of the Executive Female , maps out the four stages one initially passes through in the early business plans. This work is part of the ``Professional Library'' sponsored by the National Association for Female Executives, the largest business women's organization in America. Recommended for public libraries.-- Joan A. Traugott, Amityville P.L., N.Y.
Barbara Jacobs
For every woman who claims she has no money, no time, and no guts to start a business, another one plunges into entrepreneurship on a shoestring. Whether the cause is long-term dissatisfaction or immediate lay-offs, Abarbanel carefully outlines what it takes to succeed--emotionally, that is. Unlike other how-to business books, this one concentrates on psychological readiness. Forget the fear of slim financing, Abarbanel insists; bigger traps to avoid are lack of plans, of experience, and of management skills. Every feeling and fear is documented by interviews with 30 female business owners; their vision and passion for work are simultaneously edifying and contagious.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Entrepreneurs and Business Advisors Interviewed
Foreword
Introduction 1
1 Is the "Cottage Life" for You? 5
2 Timing Your Move 27
3 Are You Ready Emotionally? 58
4 Reshaping Your Business Identity 90
5 Stage One: Releasing the Past 117
6 Stage Two: Launching Your Venture - Months One to Three 139
7 Stage Three: Facing Reality - Months Four to Six 164
8 Stage Four: Building Momentum - Months Seven to Eighteen 188
9 From Net Worth to Self-Worth 213
10 Six Big Traps to Avoid 239
11 Quick Tips and Smart Moves 254
Appendixes 272
Index 289
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