The Self-Employment Survival Guide: Proven Strategies to Succeed as Your Own Boss

The Self-Employment Survival Guide: Proven Strategies to Succeed as Your Own Boss

by Jeanne Yocum


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Anyone who opts for self-employment quickly learns that succeeding as your own boss is no walk in the park. While professional freedom has many, many joys, it also involves significant risks. If you’re considering self-employment, or you’re already self-employed, The Self-Employment Survival Guide: Proven Strategies to Succeed as Your Own Boss alerts you to the challenges involved and provides proven strategies for surmounting these obstacles and succeeding. You’ll also learn what you need to put in place before taking the leap to being your own boss to help assure your success.

Working for yourself offers personal freedoms and rewards, but the road can curve or travel uphill at times. Here, Jeanne Yocum shares eight key behaviors that impede success and provides proven solutions for the various obstacles that might cross your path, including unreasonable client demands, slow payers, unexpected client defections, daily schedules, health and financial planning, and the feelings of isolation that can sometimes accompany working on your own.

Unlike many books that provide only a rose-colored view of self-employment, this book gives a full, realistic view of what being your own boss is actually like. By learning about the ups and downs that come with being in charge of your own livelihood, you will be better able to handle the demands of self-employment and succeed on your own terms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538108710
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/08/2018
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 1,257,735
Product dimensions: 5.97(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Jeanne Yocum has been self-employed as a public relations consultant and ghostwriter since 1989. She is the co-author of New Product Launch: 10 Proven Strategies and Ban the Humorous Bazooka and Other Roadblocks and Speed Bumps Along the Innovation Highway. She has also ghostwritten six other business books. Her blog, www.succeedinginsmallbusiness, provides advice for small business owners. She blogs regularly onUpworthy on self-employment topics. Jeanne Yocum lives in Durham, NC, with her husband, Robert Ickrath, and a puggle named Molly.

Table of Contents

Part I: Now That You Work for Yourself
1. You’re the Boss Now
2. Make Working from Home Work
3. Don’t Sell Yourself Short
4. Managing Your Time
5. Keeping Up With New Skills
6. Trying to Be All Things to All People
7. Becoming Overconfident
8. Core Elements of Your Success
Part II: Clients and Workloads
9. Having Too Many Eggs in One Client Basket
10. When Clients Are Unreasonable
11. Fluctuating Workloads
12. Clients Who Don’t Hold Up Their End of the Bargain
13. Handling Competing Client Crises
14. Sudden, Unexpected Client Defections
15. When Vendors Let You Down
16. Self-Employment Lessons I Learned from My Father
Part III: Financial Expectations
17. Being Financially Self-Sufficient
18. Saving for Retirement
19. The Taxman Cometh
20. Deadbeat Clients
21. Surviving Cash Flow Ebbs
22. Six Things That Make Self-employment Worthwhile
Part IV: Potential Roadblocks to Success
23. The Double Whammy of Health Issues
24. Alliances Gone Wrong
25. Avoiding Burnout
26. Falling into the Doldrums
27. Getting Discouraged
28. Feeling All Alone
29. Secondhand Stress
30. Dealing with Insecurity
31. Bonus Section: Eight Behaviors to Avoid If You’re Self-employed
32. So, What’s Stopping You?

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