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

Overview

This book is for the bummed out, burned out, and stressed out professional, stay-at-home parent, or retiring boomer who dreams of a home-based job or business, but doesn’t know how to make that dream a reality.

Unlike the many "change-your-life" books that promise much and deliver little—Undress4Success provides expert, practical advice about: 1) what home-based jobs are available, what talents they require, what they pay, who’s hiring, and how to land one; 2) how to use the Web...

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Overview

This book is for the bummed out, burned out, and stressed out professional, stay-at-home parent, or retiring boomer who dreams of a home-based job or business, but doesn’t know how to make that dream a reality.

Unlike the many "change-your-life" books that promise much and deliver little—Undress4Success provides expert, practical advice about: 1) what home-based jobs are available, what talents they require, what they pay, who’s hiring, and how to land one; 2) how to use the Web to search for work-at-home jobs and business opportunities without being scammed; 3) how to turn professional talents into a freelance business; and 4) how to convince an employer to adopt a telecommuting program.

Based on interviews with dozens of employers, home-based employees, successful freelancers, and leading telework researchers, this book shows readers the way home.

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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.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1 E-work, The Bare Essentials.

1 Who E-works and What Do They Do?

2 What’s in It for Me?

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

4 Dirty Underwear—Uncovering the Scams.

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

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

6 Take Your Job and Love It.

7 The Naked Truth about Your Boss.

8 What’s in It for Your Employer?

9 Making Your E-work Pitch.

10 Best-Bet E-work Employers.

11 Work as a Call Center Agent.

12 Work as a Virtual Assistant.

13 Work as a Medical Transcriptionist.

14 Work as a Teacher or Tutor.

15 Work as a Remote Tech.

16 Work as a Writer.

17 Work In Telemedicine.

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

19 Using the Job Boards to Find E-work.

20 Your Digital Resume.

21 Collaboration and Social Networking for E-work.

3 Freelance in Your Frillies.

22 Who Freelances and What Do They Do?

23 Putting Your Best Slipper Forward.

24 What Am I Worth?

25 Proposals and Contracts.

26 Finding Freelance Work.

4 Bedroom Businesses.

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

28 The Right Fit.

29 Designing the Perfect Business.

30 The Business Model.

31 Best Bet Businesses.

32 Business Planning.

33 Naked Truths about Home Biz.

5 Does It Come with Batteries?

34 Home-Based Technology.

6 What If Everybody Did It?

35 Let’s All Undress.

Resources Available at UndressForSuccessOnline.com.

Notes.

Index.

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  • Posted April 23, 2009

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    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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