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Be your own boss

Author: Matt Avery
Publisher: London : Teach Yourself, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

Are you thinking of taking the plunge and working for yourself? If so, this humorous, genuinely useful book by an experienced 'solo artiste' is for you.


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matt Avery
ISBN: 9781444111842 1444111841
OCLC Number: 506250679
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xx, 268 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: * Introduction * Weighing the options - should you stay put or is it time to leave? - pros and cons of quitting, do you have what it takes to go solo? * Staying put - how to improve your situation - and your salary, working from home * Quitting your job - deriving maximum benefit from quitting, strengthening ties, sharing contacts, lining up future work, taking the leap, becoming the MD of your own life * Future paths - same career but with a new company, a different career with a different company, same career or different career but going solo * What going solo actually means and how to do it - baby steps, doing what you do best, turning your passion into your job, accentuating the positives * Setting up your solo work life, shared office vs. your own space, renting an office, working from home * Effective home working - using your home as your office, home life vs. work life;separation and synergy, time & space, creating your environment, maximizing efficiency in your workspace * Maximizing home-office potential - achieving the best work/life balance, the advantages of home working - and how to leverage them, the disadvantages of home working and how to avoid them, avoiding distractions, prevarication & transference * Targets & planning - why conventional business plans don't work for solo workers, creating a soloist's roadmap, setting realistic targets; optimism vs. realism, problem solving strategies, charting your position and plotting a profitable course, write your own, and your company's, obituary, avoiding distractions, prevarication and transference, motivation * Dealing with clients - creating the right impression, project management, streamlining your working practices * Mobile working - increasing flexibility, minimizing costs, virtual' businesses * Maximizing soloing potential -downtime and how to use it to your advantage, exercise in the workplace, learnings from wage slaves, commuting (to the room next door), * Working 5-9, - * IT for the solo worker - information, communication, instant response * Funding - finding what's out there, applying for grants and loans, * Insurance for the solo worker - protecting the bottom line, coping with barren spells, * Breaking the rules - the rules for solo workers, why they were made to be broken, how to break them to maximum advantage * Reasons you are bound to fail (and other excuses) - * Maximizing your assets -recognizing your assets, protecting your assets, building new assets * Research - the soloist's approach to market research, quantitative & qualitative vs. formulative * Dealing with clients - * Celebrating your successes - * Conclusion * 20 reasons to be cheerful * 20 things to do when you're bored * budget psychometric profiling
Responsibility: by Matt Avery.


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