Working from Home: Earn a Living Where You Live

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Written from firsthand experience and supported with interviews of successful work-from-home individuals across a variety of circumstances, this handbook is a thorough and thoughtful resource on generating an income outside of the traditional office environment. The author scrutinizes every aspect of working from home, dividing the guide into two parts: working from home for an employer and starting a home-based business. Offering a checklist of pros and cons in addition to realistic advice that takes into full ...

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Overview

Written from firsthand experience and supported with interviews of successful work-from-home individuals across a variety of circumstances, this handbook is a thorough and thoughtful resource on generating an income outside of the traditional office environment. The author scrutinizes every aspect of working from home, dividing the guide into two parts: working from home for an employer and starting a home-based business. Offering a checklist of pros and cons in addition to realistic advice that takes into full account the limitations that may arise in any given situation, the book tackles everything from logistics to legality—including understanding tax forms, setting up a work space, staying motivated, succeeding with self-marketing, and basic accounting aid. The book also provides helpful advice for seeking a job, creating a winning resume, and nailing the interview as well as avoiding scams and rip-offs.

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Publishers Weekly
Freelance writer and editor Jerrard offers a slim compendium of self-evident advice on working from home—whether you're laboring part-time or freelance, conducting a side business, or pursuing a full-time career. Her pros-and-cons discussion covers all the appropriate angles: from the financial and temporal savings of telecommuting to the potential difficulty of coping with change and the joys and woes of being your own boss. More employers than ever are now willing to let employees try telecommuting, and the audience for this book should be substantial. Unfortunately, the volume is burdened by irrelevant quotes and glaringly obvious "practical" advice on things like using your computer's calendar functions and making sure to have a good Internet connection. The uninspired prose may discourage rather than inspire future telecommuters. Some readers may find this book useful as a checklist of issues to consider—how to choose work, conduct a job search, stay connected with colleagues, set up your work-from-home space, create a business plan, etc.—but one can find better advice at any of a dozen top career blogs. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937589110
  • Publisher: Huron Street Press
  • Publication date: 10/5/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 971,767
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Jerrard has worked from home as a freelance writer and editor since 1997. In that time, she has written across a variety of genres, including hundreds of trade journal articles, a regular career-development column for physicians, and numerous books, which include Crisis in Employment, How to Get a Great Job, and Privatizing Libraries. She lives in Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Part I Working From Home 1

1 The Basics of Working from Home 3

2 Tips and Tricks for Working from Home 15

Part II Working for an Employer From Home 31

3 How to Look for Telecommuting Jobs 33

4 How to Land the Perfect Work-from-Home Job 57

5 Making It Work 75

Part III Working for Yourself From Home 87

6 The Fundamentals of Self-Employment 89

7 Home Sweet Headquarters 109

8 Running Your Home-Based Business 119

Appendix: Small Business Administration Resources for Starting and Running a Small Business 143

Web Resources 165

Bibliography 167

Index 169

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