The Business of Bliss: How To Profit From Doing What You Love

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Victoria Magazine's newest book, The Business of Bliss: How to Profit From Doing What You Love, brings you secrets of success from women entrepreneurs whose dreams took wing. If you've ever been tempted to turn a special talent into a money-making venture this is the inspiration you've been seeking. Dozens of women who started their own businesses share insights and advice on everything from choosing the right name and location to design ideas to marketing your skills. Also included is an extensive list of ...
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Review: "Entrepreneurs who daydream about converting a hobby into a career should consult The Business of Bliss: How to Profit From Doing What You Love. Bliss is by Janet Allon ... and the editors of Victoria magazine... Most of the 74 businesses profiled have appeared in the magazine. This is a pretty book filled with fetching photos of handmade vintage dresses, jewelry, flower arrangements, pillows and sweets -- so much so, it looks more like a compilation of impressionist art than a book about business owners. Don't turn to Bliss for the nitty-gritty on start-ups. But. . .it's an inexpensive way to get a glimpse into the entrepreneurial life without suffering any of the drawbacks." --From the Inside Flap: If you thought it was impossible to make money doing what you love, think again. Hundreds of thousands of women do succeed, and you can too. More than any other publication in America, Victoria magazine has celebrated women who have turned their dreams into profitable businesses. In this inspiring new book, their stories come alive to encourage you to achieve your own business of bliss: --Fashion editor Cornelia Powell left stressful corporate life to open a vintage bridal shop. --Homemaker Patti Upton built Aromatique, now a 500-person company, inspired by a product she created "just for fun." --Rachel Ashwell founded Shabby Chic, a chain of interior design shops, and has written several bestselling books. --Sisters Mickey Kelly and Susan Kelly Panian, tired of retail life, turned their home-furnishings store into a flourishing mail-order business. --Elizabeth Terry nurtured her passion for food into a thriving restaurant, Elizabeth on 37th in Savannah. Behind every successful woman is a tale of self-reliance, persistence, and the joy of following one's heart. Author Janet Allon, a New York Times reporter, distills the essence of the entrepreneur and explains the secrets of: --choosing your niche in the marketplace --working with family and friends --creating a place that reflects your style --finding Read more Show Less

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Victoria Magazine's newest book, The Business of Bliss: How to Profit From Doing What You Love, brings you secrets of success from women entrepreneurs whose dreams took wing. If you've ever been tempted to turn a special talent into a money-making venture this is the inspiration you've been seeking. Dozens of women who started their own businesses share insights and advice on everything from choosing the right name and location to design ideas to marketing your skills. Also included is an extensive list of publications and organizations that provide important services to the self-starter. A Business Directory provides contact information for the entrepreneurs profiled.
  • Rebecca Cole, whose Potted Gardens grew out of her talent for creating gardens for her friends' urban apartments.
  • Joyce Ames, whose unique lampshades are inspired by history and covered with a rich variety of antique cloth, trims, and tassels,
  • Karen Skelton, who was compelled to open a pottery studio when her glazed pots were so popular at the New York Gift Show that she came away with 7000 orders to fill,
  • Elizabeth Terry, the proprietor and chef at Elizabeth on 37th, who opened a restaurant in the same turn-of-the-century mansion in which she and her family lived, enabling her to run her business and raise her daughters simultaneously,
  • Wells Jenkins, a young architect whose ideas for a business making jewelry crafted from such meaningful charms as family photographs, old postcards, and childhood keepsakes literally came to her in a dream.
Whether a reader is already a business-owner or planning to embark on a new enterprise, this new book offers both inspiration and practical, hands-on, concrete advice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688160845
  • Publisher: Hearst
  • Publication date: 12/31/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.51 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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Part One

Inspiration

Have you ever noticed how people who follow their dreams have a certain glow?Energy, confidence, and focus seem to permeate their beings.

Perhaps you've had a vague stirring, a quiet sense that there is more to life.You want to work hard at something meaningful, to share the fruits of your passion with others. You know that when you love your work, the possibilities are endless.

This book is about women of all ages and all backgrounds who dared to take a chance. Women who gathered up their resources, their childhood dreams, their peculiar talents, their unique vision, and poured them into a business of their very own. What they gained was not a life free of hardship, but one of few regrets and soaring triumphs.A fuller sense of themselves, the world and their place in it.

We think you'll find their stories inspirational.

Copyright ) 1999 by Hearst Communications, Inc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2004

    Inspirational book!

    I met my mentor, Debby Dubay, retired United States Air Force. I tracked her down and she has helped me turn a passion into my profession. The Business of Bliss is very inspirational and a must for all who are thinking of beginning their own small business.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2002

    It's a Book I Couldn't Put Down!

    This book was so inspiring and beautiful, that I read it cover to cover and hated to see it end. It is full of real life, inspiring stories of women who are doing it on their own, and loving every minute of it. For those of us who are just starting out in our own businesses, this book is a guiding light and proof of what can lie ahead for women who have the courage to follow their dreams. I LOVED this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2001

    Live Out Your Dreams

    'The Business of Bliss' inspires you to dig inside and take the steps necessary to live out your dreams.The wonderful-to-hold book with its glossy pages and beautiful full page photos gives account after account of women who have succeeded in making a living from their dreams. The business of my dreams turns out to be writing - which I can say after spending a couple of weeks reading, rereading and walking around with this book, I have successfully embarked on my new chosen path. If you find yourself in need of a change, and desire to live out your dreams, buy this book. It's an investment with many happy returns.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2001

    Bliss is Right!

    'The Business of Bliss' is thoroughly enjoyable and to the point. It is inspiring to me as a new business owner in several ways. It affirms the desire to have my own business, it confirms ideas and warnings I've received from other resources, and the style in which it is written is smooth and gracious, yet not lightweight. It contains wonderful ideas that make me think of how they could be applied to my business. The division of material is well thought out, and easy to read because of the print style. I highly recommend 'The Business of Bliss' to any woman who has even remotely thought of starting her own business. If her ideas set her heart afire, this book will fan the flames and encourage her onward! Enjoy this book in a setting where you can read undisturbed and not be in a hurry - it will definitely make an impression!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2001

    With This Book By Your Side, You Will Never Feel You're in on it Alone!

    This book was wonderfully inspirational. Any questions, doubts, concerns, or down-right 'heebie-jeebies' one might have about striking out on their own is answered in this book and you feel as if you have just been given a great pep talk by a great coach and can now go on and conquer! There are many books out there that we seriously need to get us started in our own businesses mechanically - How to start a business, The Mompreneur, How to start an E business, etc., and they are all very helpful and have all the information that we need to start and run a business, but the person to person 'Am I crazy for doing this?' side of us is quieted once you read this book. This book will not only put you on track, but will keep you there when you start to waiver and don't have a mentor or someone to lean on. Wish me luck in my own venture, I am finally taking the plunge!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2001

    A must read for anyone needing inspiration to forge ahead.

    I just finished reading The Business of Bliss and got the inspiration I needed to forge ahead and stay optimistic in my business venture. What I found especially intriguing were the stories of those people who didn't experience immediate success but yet they didn't give up. Some took new avenues and redirected but all pulled themselves up and moved on. At the very end of the book it says, 'what sets the successful business women apart is that she often seems to wear a pair of metahorical blinders that don't allow her to see failure as a possibility.' As I prepare to present my graphic design portfolo for the first time to a local business I will not consider failure as a possibility. Thanks for a great book full of encouragement.

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