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Working 5 to 9: How to Start a Successful Business in Your Spare Time (Entrepreneurship) Paperback – 17 May 2010

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About the Author

Emma Jones is founder and editor of Enterprise Nation (www.enterprisenation.com), the home business website, and has started two businesses herself from home offices in London, Manchester and rural Shropshire. Following a career with an international accountancy firm, Emma started her first business at the age of 27 and successfully sold it just 15 months after launch. The home business website was launched in 2006, and has attracted a regular readership of more than 250,000 people and national press headlines. Emma has written for Enterprise Nation since its launch and also for the Financial Times, City AM and customer magazines, including for Orange, Microsoft, BT and Viking Direct. Emma is regularly called upon by the government to speak on the subject of home business and she advises Regional Development Agencies on how to encourage and support homeworking.


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If the book is intended to encourage you to start a 5 to 9 business then it succeeds, though the case studies sometimes let the content down - some feature such niche markets (origami modeller for instance) that the lessons that can be learnt from them are limited.

In terms of practical information there isn't that much. It is mainly a listing of useful websites to support each aspect of that particular chapter.

Overall, a good introduction and an encouragement to start your own business but a light read and not the definitive book that many 5 to 9'ers will be after.
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This book was nothing like I expected so am therefore disappointed with its content. It would have been useful to have seen a preview of the pages. However, the book is useful if you do not know what to start selling, but anyone buying this will need to find other ways to access information on how to actually do this, as this is only a book of ideas.
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I can't help but feel that this book provides nothing that any decent search engine couldn't provide for free. It's that simple, the business ideas you're provided with aren't the authors, but rather VERY brief summaries of what others have done, and are too brief to be of real value.
Even when it touches on areas such as TAX, and other legalities, you're simply directed to a list of web sites that are of more use.
Perhaps I had unrealistic expectations, but unless you have real difficulties using web search, there is likely better places to look than 5 to 9.
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The previous person's review is so lengthy that it makes me wonder if it's written by the author or someone known to her.

There is nothing wrong with this book per se - it's attractively presented and no doubt there will be some people who find it useful.

I was hoping to get a book that gave in-depth business start-up advice but I didn't think it did this. The main part of the book is devoted to ideas for businesses that other people have started in their spare time. Great promotion for those businesses, but there's no real detail.

Many of the ideas are applicable only to a select number of people, eg you're only going to be able to set yourself up as a lawyer if you're already a qualified lawyer and to me, you can't be a pig farmer only when you come home from your main job because animals need care through the daytime too!

The book contains lots of links to useful websites, but for me, it just didn't give me the specific advice on business plans, financing, marketing etc that I was after.
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It is a pity this book is not updated regularly. Even though now is a bit old, it shows good examples of people starting doing their own businesses on the side, good advice and good links (if it was updated, it would deserve 5 stars).
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I would recommend this book for those whom are whole rounded wannabe business people. For me as an performing artist I took tips and hints from the book but couldn't find the exact help I was looking for.
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I have been running a business in my spare time for a few months so it was good to see a book based purely on this type of business. I found the book useful in that it gave advice about how to manage time, keep a social life, and how to keep motivated. I found the case studies inspiring and there are lots of ideas on how to promote your business.

The book gives sound business advice without being too detailed and dull (like a lot of business books I have read). All in all an enjoyable, very readable and very useful book for anyone setting up a business in their spare time.
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You can quickly get a feel for what is required in order to go down this style of career path change. Be prepared to be aggressively challenged if you want to prepare for the big leap to self employment. By following the underlying themes, there is little doubt that the chances of success are a lot higher than if you just play at changing jobs.
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