The No-Nonsense Guide to Finding Your Perfect Home-Based Job, Avoiding Scams, and Making a Great Living
Author: Christine Durst,Michael Haaren
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Category: Business & Economics
Many legitimate home-based jobs and projects can be found online, but trustworthy guidance is scarce. Worse, with a 56-to-1 “scam ratio” in work-at-home ads, the terrain is a minefield of fraud. Nevertheless, customer service agents, researchers, test scorers, tutors, writers, and concierges are just a few of the many people regularly hired to work from home. A growing number of Fortune 500 companies, including UnitedHealth Group, American Express, and Northrop Grumman, also hire home-based personnel.In Work at Home Now, you’ll learn: — The top insider tips on “good” and “bad” Google search terms. — How to find the “needles in the haystack” on Craigslist, Indeed, Monster, CareerBuilder, and other big sites. — Where the real jobs for mystery shoppers, transcriptionists and similar part-time specialties can be found. — Scam-spotting tips that even law enforcement doesn’t know. Including interviews with hiring managers and successful home-based workers, Work at Home Now is the ultimate guide to finding the work-at-home job or project you want most.
Step-by-step advice on preparing a business plan You need a sound business plan to start a business or raise money to expand an existing one. For over 30 years, How to Write a Business Plan has helped fledgling entrepreneurs—from small service businesses and retailers to large manufacturing firms—write winning plans and get needed financing. This bestselling book contains clear step-by-step instructions and forms to put together a convincing business plan with realistic financial projections, effective marketing strategies, and overall business goals. You’ll learn how to: figure out if your business idea will make money determine and forecast cash flow create profit and loss forecasts prepare marketing and personnel plans find potential sources of financing, and present your well-organized plan to lenders and other backers. This edition is updated to reflect best practices for raising money (from SBA loans to equity crowdfunding).
Today more than ever, job candidates make initial contact with prospective employers via the telephone. Phone interviews are often the most unexpected facet of job interviewing, yet they are fast becoming the standard for employers when narrowing the pool of applicants and determining who will be invited for in-person interviews. The Essential Phone Interview Handbook covers: How to prepare, what to say, and when to say it How to establish your professional presence over the phone How to get to the next step
For all of the millions of Americans who are out of work, soon to be out of work, or wishing to be freed from unrewarding work—here is the must-have book that will show you how you can make a living by working when, where, and how you want. Newly revised and updated, Barbara J. Winter’s guide to successful self-employment is now more relevant than ever before. Drawing on the techniques and ideas of her popular seminars as well as her own thirty years of business expertise and that of other successful entrepreneurs, Winter offers the practical, proven way to launch your own profitable venture. Her indispensable advice ranges from why creativity is more important than capital to how to avoid the most common pitfalls of self-employment and how to develop multiple profit centers. And for this new edition, she has added timely advice on topics including: •how to find opportunity in a chaotic economy •why smart, small and spunky is the 21st Century business model •using the Internet to open the door to fresh opportunities •the best resources to help you create and grow a business that is uniquely your own •how to leave Employee Thinking behind and build an Entrepreneur’s Mindset •and much more Here are all of the tools you need for getting the most profit out of life both professionally and personally. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Join the Exploding Ranks of Freelance Virtual Assistants
Author: Christine Durst,Michael Haaren
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Category: Business & Economics
Virtual Assistants work from home, providing everything from administrative support to high-end consulting via email, phone, and fax. Predicted to be a $130 billion industry by 2008, they don't commute, they set their own hours, and they get to spend time with their kids. Wouldn't you like to be a VA, too? Christine Durst founded the Virtual Assistant industry in 1995 from a basement office in rural Connecticut. Michael Haaren, an ex-Wall Street attorney (who grew up in a log cabin), was one of her clients. Together they launched Staffcentrix, a leading VA training company, and the International Virtual Assistants Association, built the first Portable Career/Virtual Assistant Training Program for the Armed Forces, presented at the United Nations, and transformed the Virtual Assistant movement into a global phenomenon. Drawing on years of experience training and mentoring Virtual Assistants around the world, Chris and Mike take the mystery out of home-based virtual careers, and help you avoid the common pitfalls, too. In The 2-Second Commute, you'll learn how to: Market the skills you already have Overcome shyness to get the work you want Launch your VA business on a shoestring Use the business to strengthen your family And much more! The 2-Second Commute's self-assessment exercises will help you decide whether the VA path is a good fit for you, or if you need to acquire new skills before setting out. Interviews with successful VAs, VA clients, and telework industry experts will help you find good clients and projects ASAP (and avoid bad ones), and leverage your first assignment toward a foundation of consistent cashflow that meets your financial and work-life goals. Along the way, you'll meet people who will support and inspire you to do what you, too, may have often longed to do: bid farewell to the rat race, earn a respectable income, and spend more time with your family.
For the fastest-growing segment of our population, here is a comprehensive guide to starting and running a home-based business in midlife and retirement. A baby boomer turns fifty every seven seconds, creating what will soon be the largest and most influential senior generation in history. These dynamic seniors have both a desire and a need to continue their working lives past the age when their parents retired. Boomers have been the primary buyers of more than one million self-employment guides by Paul and Sarah Edwards-and they now have the perfect handbook to take them into the second half of life. The Best Home Businesses for People 50+ features seventy comprehensive profiles that show how to select, start, run, and build a home-based business suited to the needs, talents, and ideals of the over-fifty generation. Each business listing-for careers ranging in diversity from Makeup Artist to Tax Preparer to Information Broker-addresses the concerns of boomers and seniors, including: - Businesses that people 50+ can continue working in for 10-15 years. - Businesses that supplement your retirement income. - Businesses adaptable to a wide variety of locations. - Businesses with flexible hours to allow for family, travel, and other priorities. - Businesses suited to a broad range of health and wellness needs. Profiles of successful business owners and a treasury of online and easy-to-access resources round out The Best Home Businesses for People 50+ to create an indispensable resource for this new generation of career-oriented seniors.
Legit Work at Home Jobs and Answers to Questions about Your Favorite Work at Home Companies
Author: Alicia Washington
Category: Business & Economics
A compiled list of the latest companies hiring home people to work at home right from their home office. These jobs are intended for anyone who has the desire to stay at home and earn money without having to commute to work. The companies are legitimate and include but not limited to customer service, data entry, virtual assistants, chat agents, moderators, content writers, and so many other areas. There is even a section on how you can make money on social media, some payment proofs, examples of work at home scams and how to avoid them and companies that pay at least $10 an hour to work from home. Whether you are a stay at home mom or dad, student, teenager, retired, disabled or just prefer to use your computer to earn extra money, there is something in this book for you.
"What does everyone in the modern world need to know? [The author's] answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. [The author discusses] discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life"--Amazon.com.
Can’t find a job? Maybe you’re seeing only half the picture! Half the job market is invisible Are you spending all your time applying to posted job openings—postings that draw hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of applications? No matter how perfect you are for the job, there is always someone else who’s a little more qualified, more experienced. The key to success in the current job market is breaking through to the hidden job market. Over half of all jobs go to someone who did not apply to a posted opening at all. What are they doing and how are they doing it? They’re finding new jobs before the posting hits the Internet. Career guru Donald Asher offers proven strategies for finding great opportunities in any industry. With Cracking the Hidden Job Market you’ll stop wasting time and effort and beat the job-search odds by learning how to: • find jobs that are never posted anywhere • get complete strangers to help you find a job • convince potential employers to give you an interview—even when they’re “not hiring” • find—and land—the new jobs in this, or any, economy Every page of Cracking the Hidden Job Market is packed with no-frills fundamentals to change the way you look for a job, this time—and forever!
At last, for a generation that's materially ambitious yet financially clueless comes I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi's 6-week personal finance program for 20-to-35-year-olds. A completely practical approach delivered with a nonjudgmental style that makes readers want to do what Sethi says, it is based around the four pillars of personal finance--banking, saving, budgeting, and investing--and the wealth-building ideas of personal entrepreneurship. Sethi covers how to save time by not wasting it managing money; the guns and cars myth of credit cards; how to negotiate like an Indian--the conversation begins with "no"; why "Budgeting Doesn't Have to Suck!"; how to get things rolling--for real--with only $20; what most people don't understand about taxes; how to get a CEO to take you out to lunch; how to avoid the Super Mario Brothers trap by making your savings work harder than you do; the difference between cheap and frugal; the hidden relationship between money and food. Not to mention his first key lesson: Getting started is more important than being the smartest person in the room. Integrated with his website, where readers can use interactive charts, follow up on the latest information, and join the community, it is a hip blueprint to building wealth and financial security. Every month, 175,000 unique visitors come to Ramit Sethi's website, Iwillteachyoutoberich.com, to discover the path to financial freedom. They praise him thoughtfully ("Your site summarizes everything I want with my life--to be rich in finances, rich in experience, rich in family blessings," Dan Esparza) and effusively ("Dude, you rock. I love this site!" Richard Wu). The press has caught on, too: "Ramit Sethi is a rising star in the world of personal finance writing . . . one singularly attuned to the sensibilities of his generation. his style is part frat boy and part silicon Valley geek, with a little bit of San Francisco hipster thrown in" (San Francisco Chronicle). His writing is smart, his voice is full of attitude, and his ideas are uncommonly sound and refreshingly hype-free.
A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer
Author: Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn,Dr. Elissa Epel
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Category: Health & Fitness
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The revolutionary book coauthored by the Nobel Prize winner who discovered telomerase and telomeres' role in the aging process and the health psychologist who has done original research into how specific lifestyle and psychological habits can protect telomeres, slowing disease and improving life. Have you wondered why some sixty-year-olds look and feel like forty-year-olds and why some forty-year-olds look and feel like sixty-year-olds? While many factors contribute to aging and illness, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn discovered a biological indicator called telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes telomeres, which protect our genetic heritage. Dr. Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel's research shows that the length and health of one's telomeres are a biological underpinning of the long-hypothesized mind-body connection. They and other scientists have found that changes we can make to our daily habits can protect our telomeres and increase our health spans (the number of years we remain healthy, active, and disease-free). THE TELOMERE EFFECT reveals how Blackburn and Epel's findings, together with research from colleagues around the world, cumulatively show that sleep quality, exercise, aspects of diet, and even certain chemicals profoundly affect our telomeres, and that chronic stress, negative thoughts, strained relationships, and even the wrong neighborhoods can eat away at them. Drawing from this scientific body of knowledge, they share lists of foods and suggest amounts and types of exercise that are healthy for our telomeres, mind tricks you can use to protect yourself from stress, and information about how to protect your children against developing shorter telomeres, from pregnancy through adolescence. And they describe how we can improve our health spans at the community level, with neighborhoods characterized by trust, green spaces, and safe streets. THE TELOMERE EFFECT will make you reassess how you live your life on a day-to-day basis. It is the first book to explain how we age at a cellular level and how we can make simple changes to keep our chromosomes and cells healthy, allowing us to stay disease-free longer and live more vital and meaningful lives.
Here is a book for every curious, courageous, or desperate person who’s willing to set convention aside to earn a living in the face of an ailing economy. From fashioning balloon animals to promoting liquor brands to picking berries in Australia, this easy-to-read, entertaining book takes a candid look at over a hundred jobs that don’t require you to sit in an office eight hours a day, five days a week.
Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service
Author: Heather Krasna
Publisher: Jist Works
Category: Business & Economics
Interest in public service careers has mounted substantially because thousands of people have shifted their focus away from corporate America to pursue jobs that are more secure and meaningful. Jobs That Matter empowers students, job seekers, and career changers to pinpoint the right public service careers for their interests and abilities. Readers will learn how to find great jobs in the local, state, and federal government, as well as in nonprofit or corporate organizations serving the public good. To help readers score these jobs, this guide provides practical, results-oriented strategies on how to build and maintain a network; write powerful resumes and cover letters; stand out during the interview process; and more. In addition, this guide provides profiles of people in various public service careers, showing how they scored their jobs and what their jobs are like.
How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
Author: Jen Sincero
Publisher: Running Press Adult
YOU ARE A BADASS IS THE SELF-HELP BOOK FOR PEOPLE WHO DESPERATELY WANT TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES BUT DON'T WANT TO GET BUSTED DOING IT. In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW, Make some damn money already. The kind you've never made before. By the end of You Are a Badass®, you'll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can't change, how to change what you don't love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.
The whirlwind of social media, online dating, and mobile apps can make life a dream—or a nightmare. For every trustworthy website, there are countless jerks, bullies, and scam artists who want to harvest your personal information for their own purposes. But you can fight back, right now. In The Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy, award-winning author and investigative journalist Violet Blue shows you how women are targeted online and how to keep yourself safe. Blue’s practical, user-friendly advice will teach you how to: –Delete personal content from websites –Use website and browser privacy controls effectively –Recover from and prevent identity theft –Figure out where the law protects you—and where it doesn’t –Set up safe online profiles –Remove yourself from people-finder websites Even if your privacy has already been compromised, don’t panic. It’s not too late to take control. Let The Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy help you cut through the confusion and start protecting your online life.
The complete guide to starting and running a successful business
Author: Annabel Karmel
Publisher: Random House
Category: Business & Economics
Annabel Karmel MBE is proof-positive that you don’t need a business degree to build a successful business and brand. After growing her business empire from scratch at her kitchen table, Annabel has become a bestselling author and trusted food expert with 40 books, food ranges, weaning equipment and a vast online following. In Mumpreneur, Annabel reveals the secrets of her success. Drawing on her own extensive experience in juggling motherhood with building a thriving enterprise, she will equip you with the confidence, skills and practical tools to turn your own start-up dreams into a reality. Chapters include: ‘Believe in Your Idea’, ‘Believe in Yourself’, ‘Learn by Doing, Asking and Listening’, ‘Master the Juggling Act’ and ‘Persist, Trust Your Instincts and Embrace Your Failures’. Annabel also brings together a smart combination of practical advice and inspiring stories from top business leaders and working mothers, including Chrissie Rucker MBE, Thomasina Miers, Liz Earle, Thea Green and Jacqueline Gold. The difference between dreaming of starting a thriving business and actually doing it is the right combination of passion, planning, commitment and good advice. Successful entrepreneur Annabel Karmel will empower you to take that first step to start your own flourishing business in this informative and motivating book.
Instant National Bestseller "Excellent." --San Francisco Chronicle "Brotopia is more than a business book. Silicon Valley holds extraordinary power over our present lives as well as whatever utopia (or nightmare) might come next." --New York Times Silicon Valley is a modern utopia where anyone can change the world. Unless you're a woman. For women in tech, Silicon Valley is not a fantasyland of unicorns, virtual reality rainbows, and 3D-printed lollipops, where millions of dollars grow on trees. It's a "Brotopia," where men hold all the cards and make all the rules. Vastly outnumbered, women face toxic workplaces rife with discrimination and sexual harassment, where investors take meetings in hot tubs and network at sex parties. In this powerful exposé, Bloomberg TV journalist Emily Chang reveals how Silicon Valley got so sexist despite its utopian ideals, why bro culture endures despite decades of companies claiming the moral high ground (Don't Be Evil! Connect the World!)--and how women are finally starting to speak out and fight back. Drawing on her deep network of Silicon Valley insiders, Chang opens the boardroom doors of male-dominated venture capital firms like Kleiner Perkins, the subject of Ellen Pao's high-profile gender discrimination lawsuit, and Sequoia, where a partner once famously said they "won't lower their standards" just to hire women. Interviews with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and former Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer--who got their start at Google, where just one in five engineers is a woman--reveal just how hard it is to crack the Silicon Ceiling. And Chang shows how women such as former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, entrepreneur Niniane Wang, and game developer Brianna Wu, have risked their careers and sometimes their lives to pave a way for other women. Silicon Valley's aggressive, misogynistic, work-at-all costs culture has shut women out of the greatest wealth creation in the history of the world. It's time to break up the boys' club. Emily Chang shows us how to fix this toxic culture--to bring down Brotopia, once and for all.