Undress for Success: The Naked Truth about Making Money at Home


Are you tired of torturous commutes, endless meetings, and countless interruptions? Do you want a better balance between work and life? For thousands of people just like you, a work-at-home career is their road to freedom, control, and happiness. But what kind of home-based work is available? And, how do you separate the real opportunities from the thousands of bogus work-at-home scams that dominate the Internet?

Undress for Success offers honest, real-world information on ...

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Are you tired of torturous commutes, endless meetings, and countless interruptions? Do you want a better balance between work and life? For thousands of people just like you, a work-at-home career is their road to freedom, control, and happiness. But what kind of home-based work is available? And, how do you separate the real opportunities from the thousands of bogus work-at-home scams that dominate the Internet?

Undress for Success offers honest, real-world information on home-based jobs, businesses, and careers that can change your life. Based on the authors' three decades of experience working from home, this comprehensive guide explores and explains everything you need to know about how to simplify your life with a work-at-home job or business. It's the perfect guide for anyone who's sick of the office lifestyle and ready for a change.

This practical step-by-step guide details the who, what, why, and how of working from home—the advantages and disadvantages, the skills and traits you'll need to succeed, and how to avoid losing your shirt as you attempt to undress for success. If you're an employee, you'll discover how to successfully pitch a work-at-home program to your boss or find a new employer who loves the idea. If you want to freelance, Undress for Success offers a guide for how to find, price, and get paid for your work. And if you want to run a business, it reveals the motivations, talents, and resources you'll need to get started; identifies best-bet home businesses; and offers true stories about what it's like to work where you sleep. If you're an employer or government leader, you'll find a fascinating look at the ways at-home workers are more productive, help reduce traffic, increase productivity, and even slow global warming.

This book offers work-at-home hope for everyone from high school grads to PhDs, secretaries to programmers, Gen Y'ers to Baby Boomers. From interviews with people who work at home, you'll learn about the techniques, technologies, and strategies that make them successful. Undress for Success is the ultimate guide for making the road less traveled the way to work.

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What People Are Saying

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“Undress for Success offers the perfect balance between covering all the details and doing so in an easy-to-read and light-hearted way.”
-Bob Fortier, President of InnoVisions Canada, and The Canadian Telework Association

“I wish I'd had this book when I first started out-it's like having your own personal career coach. Reading this will save many new freelancers a lot of grief!”
-Allena Tapia, About.com: Freelance Writing Guide and Editor of Garden Wall Publications

“If you're an old-fashioned manager who's obsessed with face time, hide this book now. There is no way your employees will commute to their cubicles Monday morning after reading this entertaining manifesto for ditching the panty-hose and actually enjoying work.”
-Laura Vanderkam, author, Grindhopping: Build a Rewarding Career Without Paying Your Dues (McGraw-Hill, 2007)

“You could spend years with focus groups, assemble cross-functional internal teams to study and recommend organizational changes, or simply read Undress for Success to obtain the practical knowledge necessary to better serve your customers; increase loyalty and productivity; avoid layoffs; and improve your profitability for whatever comes your way. Kate and Tom are the 'guiding hands' for self-reliant control of your future success from home!”
-Jack Heacock, SVP and cofounder of The Telework Coalition, Washington, D.C.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470383322
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/23/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 3.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Lister is an authority on small business marketing, finance, management, and growth. She has owned and operated three successful home-based ventures, including a consulting business that helped hundreds of entrepreneurs raise millions of dollars and an aviation business with seven aircraft and twenty-five pilots.

Tom Harnish is an expert on the technologies that make home-based jobs possible. As a consultant, project director, company president, and business owner he learned what it takes to make money using computers and telecommunications from over thirty years of successful and not-so-successful business development in fields as diverse as health care, home banking, and elec-tronic publishing.
For more information, please visit UndressForSuccessOnline.com

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Table of Contents

Foreword Jack Nilles xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction xxi

1 E-work, The Bare Essentials 1

1 Who E-works and What Do They Do? 3

2 What’s in It for Me? 7

3 Expose Yourself—Are You Right for E-work? 12

4 Dirty Underwear—Uncovering the Scams 21

2 Pajama Paychecks: Jobs You Can Do in Your Jammies 31

5 Who’s Paid to Work at Home and What Do They Do? 33

6 Take Your Job and Love It 35

7 The Naked Truth about Your Boss 38

8 What’s in It for Your Employer? 44

9 Making Your E-work Pitch 55

10 Best-Bet E-work Employers 59

11 Work as a Call Center Agent 63

12 Work as a Virtual Assistant 73

13 Work as a Medical Transcriptionist 83

14 Work as a Teacher or Tutor 90

15 Work as a Remote Tech 101

16 Work as a Writer 105

17 Work In Telemedicine 114

18 How to Navigate the Web in Search of E-work 118

19 Using the Job Boards to Find E-work 126

20 Your Digital Resume 137

21 Collaboration and Social Networking for E-work 142

3 Freelance in Your Frillies 145

22 Who Freelances and What Do They Do? 147

23 Putting Your Best Slipper Forward 153

24 What Am I Worth? 156

25 Proposals and Contracts 162

26 Finding Freelance Work 167

4 Bedroom Businesses 183

27 Who’s Running Home Businesses and What Do They Do? 185

28 The Right Fit 189

29 Designing the Perfect Business 197

30 The Business Model 203

31 Best Bet Businesses 207

32 Business Planning 212

33 Naked Truths about Home Biz 217

5 Does It Come with Batteries? 223

34 Home-Based Technology 225

6 What If Everybody Did It? 235

35 Let’s All Undress 237

Resources Available at UndressForSuccessOnline.com 243

Notes 245

Index 257

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  • Posted April 23, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    If you want to be a successful teleworker, read this now!

    Delivers even more than expected! In addition to detailed descriptions of actual telework jobs that are interesting and appealing (as opposed to all those MindlessTypingForLittlePay.com types of 'jobs' out there), the authors describe how best to format a resume using the most useful keywords so that webcrawlers will be more likely to find it. By adding keywords into the HTML on my small business' website and listing myself on a single social networking site, I was able to move from non-existent on Google's search to items #2 and #3 on page 1 in less than one week! I can't wait to list myself on the freelance sites, so I can see what happens! Thanks so much for all the usable info!!

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

    Finally, a good book about working from home

    Why is it that so much of what's written about working from home is junk. Until reading Undress For Success, the books I've read on the topic (and I'm pretty sure I've tried them all) fall into two categories. Either they're a bunch of useless lists of home business ideas mashed together with the text from author's other small business books, or they profile a handful business ideas like pet sitting, cake decorating, party planning, etc.

    What I've been looking for and what I found in this book is real hands-on advice about how and where to find a work from home job or start a home-based business doing freelance work or selling a product.

    The authors warn of the many scams out there (yeah, I've been scammed a few times) and offer tips for how to spot them and even how to get even if you are scammed.

    Their web site at UndressForSuccessOnline.com includes a bunch of book-buyer extras like links to home-based job openings, samples of how to pitch a work at home arrangement to your boss, and lots of other good stuff.

    These guys got it right.

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