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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
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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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