The Self-Employment Survival Guide: Proven Strategies to Succeed as Your Own Boss (Paperback)Jeanne Yocum (author)
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 230 x 152 x 17 mm
PR consultant and ghostwriter Yocum (coauthor of New Product Launch) offers straightforward advice and coping strategies in this helpful guide to self-employment. It's the right choice for many, she writes: in 2015, 15 million Americans were self-employed. It's also a choice to make with "eyes wide open," and Yocum begins by sharing challenges she faced and straightforward suggestions for dealing with them. Throughout, Yocum's guidance is simple but useful: "discipline is required," "set expectations with clients," and "be willing to listen." Yocum addresses financial matters, from tips for adequate preparation when starting out to getting the inevitable "deadbeat clients" to pay up. Readers will be most eagerly interested in the section on retirement, but it unfortunately lacks substance. Still, Yocum doesn't shy away from exposing some of the challenges of self-employment-paying for health insurance, avoiding burnout, and dodging common behavioral traps such as perfectionism and "clinging to your comfort zone." Salaried employees wondering about taking the leap and becoming their own bosses will find answers to many of their questions, and plenty of encouragement, in this well-written primer. * Publishers Weekly *
The Self-Employment Survival Guide offers practical step-by-step advice on how to become one's own boss and how to build a successful business. . . . Highly recommended and fills a need for students or employees considering a future of being self-employed. It is especially recommended to public library collections. * American Reference Books Annual *
The Self-Employment Survival Guide is a needed and vibrant new resource for anyone who wants to not only survive, but thrive in the gig economy. It's a must-read for students, solopreneurs, and people age 50+ who are embarking on an entrepreneurial path of self-employment. -- Rebecca A. Corbin Ed.D, President & CEO, National Association for Community College Entrepeneurship (NACCE)
Working with entrepreneurs is not an easy task. They tend to have their own way of thinking and are generally, very passionate about their venture. The Self-Employment Survival Guide by Jeanne Yocum helps to address many issues a beginning entrepreneur might have and maybe some they had not thought of yet. She has her own distinct perspective on starting, growing and maintaining a business based off her experiences in the entrepreneurial world. Her words of wisdom along with personal examples help paint a vivid picture of success for any entrepreneur. It is especially nice to see the advice is not all business related. Jeanne helps entrepreneurs understand the impact a business can have on entrepreneur's life. -- Tim Mittan, Entrepeneur Advocate & Business Coach; Author of The Pocket Business Coach
Although one in ten Americans is self-employed, there is little practical support available this significant portion of our workforce. The work that many have done to help entrepreneurs certainly overlaps somewhat with the challenges facing the self-employed. However, there are unique issues that set the self-employed clearly apart from entrepreneurs. In The Self-Employment Survival Guide, Jeanne Yocum offers advice ranging from managing yourself, to managing your clients, to managing your workload, to managing your finances. Although self-employment may seem simple to those on the outside, there are many speedbumps, roadblocks and landmines that can cause the self-employed to stumble or even fail in their effort to make a living. This book serves as a resource that will greatly enhance the chances of success for the self-employed professional. -- Jeff Cornwall, Professor and Jack C. Massey Chair of Entrepeneurship, Belmont University
The Self-Employment Survival Guide by Jeanne Yocum is a refreshingly straightforward, candid book designed to empower and inform anyone interested in starting their own business. Jeanne is a fantastic storyteller, with a genuine voice and insight based on experience. The book is nicely organized into sections that move the reader through understanding what it really means to become your own boss to managing and overcoming challenges along the startup pathway. Jeanne illustrates the key concepts presented with tales from her own entrepreneurial journey and the reader gets to know her, business warts and all. Each chapter includes 'Other Voices' that share stories from a variety of entrepreneurial ventures, each highlighting their own experience. These diverse outlooks add tremendous value and unique insights. What is evident throughout the book is a genuine desire to help guide nascent entrepreneurs through sharing lessons learned and providing time saving and challenge avoidance tips. I loved the advice for new entrepreneurs to conduct business honestly, value themselves and their time properly from the start and to have not only a plan, but systems in place to build success. I also found the very specific examples of "here's what can happen" and "here's what to do when it does" to be invaluable. This is what really makes this book a survival guide. The Self-Employment Survival Guide is jam packed with tips, shortcuts, down-to-earth practical advice and wonderful stories that will inspire you as you undertake your new venture. It should be on everyone's "must read" startup book list. -- Diane Sabato, professor, business administration, Springfield Technical Community College
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