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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 1 edition (17 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273731173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273731177
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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VISIT THE NEW STARTING UP ON YOUR OWN PILOT WEBSITE http://www.mikeajohnson.com/SUOYO/index.html.

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‘I wish this book had been available when I began my independent career. There’s only one word for it – PRICELESS!!!’

Shay McConnon, psychologist, trainer, coach, magician and mentor

‘A MUST read for anyone thinking about life outside the organisation.’

Goran Hultin, former Deputy Director General at the International Labour Office (ILO), now a successful independent consultant

‘Grounded in common sense and humour, and very clear about what can send you off track.’

Norman Walker, former global head of Human Resources for Novartis, now an independent senior executive coach and consultant on leadership

HOW TO WORK FOR YOURSELF AND MAKE IT WORK

Are you thinking of starting up on your own and working for yourself? Do you need to know the nuts and bolts of setting up, marketing yourself, prospecting for new business and keeping things running on a day-to-day basis? Have you already made the leap and want to get more work, new clients, higher fees?

This practical, no-nonsense book pulls no punches and gives you all the guidance you need to set yourself up, plus all the know-how you need to survive, prosper and expand once you’re up and running.

See the book’s website for up-to-the minute financial and tax information for small businesses and the self-employed:

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pardo VINE VOICE on 28 Feb 2010
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I'll start with the caveat that if you have a copy of Smarter Consulting take note of the line in the blurb above that points out that this is not a new book - it is Smarter Consulting with a new (and more accurate) title.

If you are thinking about leaving the security of the corporate world and going it alone as an independent consultant or freelancer and you haven't got a copy of the previous version, I can't recommend this one highly enough. Below is an updated version of my review of the last version of the book - it still stands for this one (based on some time thumbing the new version in a bookshop). This really is very helpful book if you are even thinking about going it alone.

As I said, it is a repackaged version of Smarter Consulting, but that was itself a considerably updated and enlarged version of The Independent Consultant's Survival Guide. If you have Smarter Consulting then only buy this if you need to spread the good word and give a copy to a friend (I've given three away now - it contains the sort of advice good friends should give) - but if you only have The Independent Consultant's Survival Guide, then the new copy is worth having - about 1/3 of it is new compared to that version.

How good is it? Well I took a lot of his advice when I read the first version of the book five years ago and I'm still in business and, even despite the downturn, I'm not even thinking of going back "in house".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Savage on 5 Feb 2010
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As someone who came late to working on his own, while you don't realise it, there are lots of things you don't have to worry about in corporate life - as they're all taken care of for you. What this book does for you is to give you practical advice on just about every aspect you need to cover if you're working for yourself. The way the chapters are written helps provoke thought and action and provides ideas on a range of topics I'd never even thought of!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nik Dixon on 4 Jan 2014
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I normally do not buy a book before reading what others think of it.
As usual there is never enough time to leave my one review. This time I decided to leave one as I think it might help others.

Convenience of being your own boss and setting yourself a salary you think you deserve are great motivating factors.
Desire and motivation are just a first step in this process but never enough on their own.
If whatever you do is your first project then prepare for lots of stumbling and bumping around in the dark.
Surely it is better to learn from someone who already done all the mistakes for you!
I wish I understood this earlier as well as that there is no shortcuts in anything.
This is a story from a horse's mouth. Mike has done it all and then wrote this book in a easily readable manner, listed and simplified all his experience.
Now you have a map in your hands really.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynne on 18 Feb 2011
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Mike has a natural ability to write in a down to earth manner. His style is easy to read, jargon-free, and you can take his ideas and use them on Monday morning. I recommend all of his books for the same reason. In a busy world, it is great to have someone cut to the chase with practical advice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr K on 2 Feb 2011
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Many people are thinking about leaving the politics and security of organisational life to work for themselves. This step can appear daunting and challenging but it can also be exciting and exhilarating. This book is a must read for everyone who is just venturing out on their own. It is filled with advice for the day-to-day business of being one's own boss.
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Mike has written a book that is straight forward, practical and offered with the open and honest intention of helping anyone starting out on their own as a freelance or consultant. The advice he gives is sound and based on real expereince because Mike has also been there himself and continues to develop his own successful business.
There are many things to attend to when starting out on your own and Mike's very readable book helpfully identifies for you what has to be done and how to save yourself time and money; freeing you up to focus on developing your business. Topics such as tax, IT, marketing and networking and even how to work successfully from home without suffocating the rest of the family are included. Starting up? No need to write lists of all you need to do. Mike has already thought of it for you
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Frontline Manager on 3 Dec 2010
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I was lucky - a good friend heard I was thinking of setting up on my own and she gave me a copy of this book.

We all have those days, weeks, years where the boss is an unbearable, over-demanding ogre with a sense of humour bypass, your direct reports are so incompetent you're tempted to put them on a windowsill and water them once a week and your "colleagues" are the sort of two-faced slimebags who make MPs look like models of all that is good and decent. Then someone tells you about Sarah from marketing who left to set up her own consultancy based from a converted barn in Wiltshire and you start to think - that sounds like a better life.

Well, it might be but as my friend said to me "before you decide to hand in your notice and get a website and some business cards READ THIS BOOK!"

I've heard it said that "consultant" is the middle class word for unemployed and if you don't want that joke to have a hollow sound it is worth reading this book thoroughly. Use its contents to assess your suitability for self-employment and then, if you decide to take the plunge, make sure you take its advice on how to do it. I did and one year on, and despite the recession, I'm still standing.

Invaluable.
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