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Home-Based Business For Dummies [Paperback]

Paul Edwards , Sarah Edwards , Peter Economy
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25 Feb 2005 For Dummies
Thanks to the Internet, home–based businesses are booming. With a home computer and a good idea, you can market and sell almost anything in the world just from home. Whether you’re selling homemade jams or working as a business consultant, today’s entrepreneur doesn’t even have to leave home. Home–Based Business For Dummies , 2 nd Edition will help you make your endeavor profitable and successful! Ideal for future entrepreneurs who have the urge and want the know–how, this updated guide includes new information on home business scams and how to avoid them, shows how to create an efficient, comfortable (but not too comfortable) work environment, explains how to put new technologies to work for you, and much more. There’s even a 10–question quiz to help you determine if you’re ready. You’ll learn all the basics, including: Selecting the right kind of business for you Setting up a home office Managing money, credit, and financing Marketing almost anything in the world Avoiding distractions at home Home–Based Business For Dummies , 2 nd Edition was written by Paul and Sarah Edwards, award–winning authors who write a monthly column for Entrepreneur magazine, and Peter Economy, an author or coauthor For Dummies books on managing, consulting, and personal finance. In straightforward English, they show you how to: Stay connected to the business community, even when working from home Keep your work separate from your personal life Handle benefits, health insurance, and your retirement planning Make sure your bookkeeping is accurate and legal Use the Internet to bid for work, list your services in directories, network, and more Choose the technology and other resources you need Develop your own marketing and advertising strategies Navigate IRS rules for home–based businesses Home–Based Business For Dummies is packed with ideas and information that will help you get started right and help established, successful home–based business owners stay ahead of the pack. Use it well and this handy guide will be the most important reference in your home office.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (25 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764577638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764577635
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,307,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...full of encouragement and information to help you through all the stages of setting up your own home–based business." (<i>www.sixtyplussurfers.co.uk</i>, June 2005)

"...full of encouragement and information to help you through all the stages of setting up your own home–based business." ( www.sixtyplussurfers.co.uk , June 2005)

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With 25 cost–saving tips for setting up a home office Live your entrepreneurial dream — from the comfort of home Starting a home–based business is the easiest, cheapest way to become an entrepreneur. But where do you begin? Relax! This friendly guide shows you the way — from choosing the right business opportunity, to paying your taxes, to dealing with distractions at home. Discover how to: Choose the right business for you Tap 14 sources of start–up funds Create an effective marketing campaign Set boundaries between home and work Deal with insurance and taxes

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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a top read 20 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
This book was really helpful and influential, it gave me some excellent ideas. I would recommend this book to anyone thinking of starting a home based business.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be Your Own Boss! 31 Dec 2005
By KR Productions - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I would classify this book as more of a general overview of all the important things you need to consider before actually starting your business. For particulars you will definitely want to contact a good business attorney and a good accountant. Not to mention, you'll need to interface a lot initially with your local city/state governments to get tax forms and your business license.

This book seems to work best if you already have an idea for your business. Granted , they do throw out a few ideas for things like medical billing and place an emphasis on what could be described as services geared towards either elderly folks, or dual income families who are too busy to deal with traditional family type things. If you already kind of know what you think you want to try, this book will primarily help you fine tune your thoughts, and bring them to reality.

The section on Managing Money is probably one of the best things anyone can read. Obviously, if you're in business, the goal is to make money. By understanding the basic accounting principles presented in Part II of the book, you'll be well on your way to managing your business money wisely.

For general knowledge, my favorite part of the book was Part V. Here you will find Top 10 lists that describe common myths and pitfalls, and even success producing ideas to help you on your journey as a home based business owner. If you have a family, you'll want to take note on the section about what I would call, "The good way to set up your office." Which means, keeping distractions from the spouse and kids to a minimum while you are working at home.

There is a section on marketing, but in lieu of just that section alone, I would definitely recommend "Guerilla Marketing" by Jay Conrad Levinson. It's a very dry read, but there are a lot of interesting and unique ideas for getting word out about your business with out spending much (if any) money. And when you're in business for yourself, the more advertising you can get for free, the better!

I really like the way the authors describe how to get in to the home based business. Meaning, the idea of working at your full-time job (which you may or may not like) while you test the waters with your own venture on the side. That's excellent advice because if your business idea doesn't take off, you're not stuck without any income. Plus you can stay under your current employer's medical plan (A HUGE money saver!)

Overall there is so much information in here, it will be hard to take it in all at once. Likewise, as I stated earlier, the most important thing to remember is make sure and check with a professional accountant and lawyer in your area before/as you get started so they can help walk you through the particulars in your area. Every city and state is different in terms of setting up a business when it comes to taxes and getting your license.

Bottom line is, if you are semi-seriously considering starting a home based business, do yourself a favor and pick up this book and read it through. You'll get some good advice and knowledge on what it takes to be your own boss. Of course the other thing you can do is, talk to other small business owners in your area. Take them to lunch and learn as much as you can from those who are successful small business owners.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Standard for the "for dummies" series 4 April 2008
By E. Morris - Published on Amazon.com
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I've gone through about half of the book and it follows in line with all the "for dummies" books I've read. The topics are well laid out and organized very well. I found some things too simplistic and ended up skimming over them. Overall I'm glad I got it as it reinforced a lot of the things I need to get done in order to get my start-up business going. They do cover both start up from scratch businesses and buying a franchise or another established business. The latter wasn't of interest and I ended up skipping large sections because of it.
A good reference for starting a business.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for a beginner 10 May 2009
By T. Nadeem - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book did spend a lot of time talking about how to deal with family problems, creating a quiet workspace, setting work hours and how to get through a project when you have no desire. While some people might find this beneficial, it read like "filler" to me.

The book is organized, reader-friendly, and informative. Everything is covered in this book. From the types of businesses to how to market the business, to taxes and retirement, trademarks and other legal concerns. How to work from home when you've got kids, pets, aging parents, nosy neighbors, etc. Plus many web addresses that will help in your planning, ex. Better Business Bureau.

Paul Edwards shares his great knowledge in yet another book to help anyone start thier own business. I think this book is great, concise, and entertaining.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book convinced me that it was not the right time for me to start my home-based business 4 July 2008
By Marie Anne A. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
And that was what I wanted to know. Should I start a home-based business or should I look for a regular 9-5 job? Turns out I am more suited for a regular job than I am to run a sole proprietorship. I considered Avon et al, but the authors had some glaring statistics about the possible failure rate of such businesses. I considered a few other options, but again, the authors provided valuable insight, based on statistics and qualitative research, that convinced me not to make this venture.

The book is organized, reader-friendly, and informative. Everything is covered in this book. From the types of businesses to how to market the business, to taxes and retirement, trademarks and other legal concerns. How to work from home when you've got kids, pets, aging parents, nosy neighbors, etc. Plus many web addresses that will help in your planning, ex. Better Business Bureau.

This is the only book you will need to determine if you should run a home-based business. This book is the only one you will need to convince you it is not right for you. This is also a book that will give you the help and resources you need if you are ready for the home-based business. Highly, highly recommended!!!!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for DUMMY Books. 25 Feb 2007
By Lucinda G. Thatcher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Well organized as usual with a Dummy Book. Easy to find answers to questions. Love the idea list for home businesses. Great book.
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