The Joy of Working from Home

Making a Life While Making a Living

Jeff Berner (Author)

Publication date: 08/01/1994

The Joy of Working from Home

BOTH PRAGMATIC AND INSPIRING, The Joy of Working from Home shows the current or prospective home-office worker how to set up an efficient home office and provides the support for making what for many will be a major life change. Combining detailed, useful information with encouraging advice and anecdotes, the book gives numerous positive examples of individuals who have successfully made the transition. The author-himself a home-worker for many years-provides realistic methods for striking a healthy balance between business and personal life.

Addressing the vital questions of lifestyle, and the difficult trade-offs between work and personal priorities, The Joy of Working from Home offers guidelines for wisely allocating every home worker's most valuable resource: time. It shows:

o how to organize both work and workspace efficiently;
o the inherent advantages of using a home-based office to achieve practical and personal rewards;
o techniques for avoiding the stress and distress of letting the demands of work and family intermingle.

Drawing on the experiences of many home-based workers, this book helps solve the problems of self-discipline, financial insecurity, isolation, and interruptions. It also offers valuable advice on dealing with the vulnerabilities that inevitably come with self-employment-creating a professional image, maintaining a positive attitude, nurturing the capacity to persist against obstacles, and developing the flexibility to deal with a variety of clients or customers.

The practical aspects of running a business out of a home office are also addressed. The Joy of Working from Home provides useful strategies for creating a business plan, low-cost marketing techniques, tips for networking in the community, and ways to keep expenses down. There is down-to-earth advice for avoiding the pitfalls of zoning and tax requirements, information on purchasing office equipment and supplies, and guidelines for contracting outside services. A resource section creates access to important publications, home-based business associations, government agencies, and database information for effective business and professional marketing.

This book will appeal to a broad spectrum of current and prospective home office candidates, including the newly self-employed professional, the budding entrepreneur, those weary of the corporate work environment or long commutes, and those determined to restore the balance between their personal and professional lives.

  • Written for the 30 million people currently working from home, and the millions more-predicted to embrace one-third of the work force-who will take advantage of this alternative in the next few years
  • A complete guide for meeting the practical and personal challenges of successfully working from home on either a part-time or full-time basis

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BOTH PRAGMATIC AND INSPIRING, The Joy of Working from Home shows the current or prospective home-office worker how to set up an efficient home office and provides the support for making what for many will be a major life change. Combining detailed, useful information with encouraging advice and anecdotes, the book gives numerous positive examples of individuals who have successfully made the transition. The author-himself a home-worker for many years-provides realistic methods for striking a healthy balance between business and personal life.

Addressing the vital questions of lifestyle, and the difficult trade-offs between work and personal priorities, The Joy of Working from Home offers guidelines for wisely allocating every home worker's most valuable resource: time. It shows:

o how to organize both work and workspace efficiently;
o the inherent advantages of using a home-based office to achieve practical and personal rewards;
o techniques for avoiding the stress and distress of letting the demands of work and family intermingle.

Drawing on the experiences of many home-based workers, this book helps solve the problems of self-discipline, financial insecurity, isolation, and interruptions. It also offers valuable advice on dealing with the vulnerabilities that inevitably come with self-employment-creating a professional image, maintaining a positive attitude, nurturing the capacity to persist against obstacles, and developing the flexibility to deal with a variety of clients or customers.

The practical aspects of running a business out of a home office are also addressed. The Joy of Working from Home provides useful strategies for creating a business plan, low-cost marketing techniques, tips for networking in the community, and ways to keep expenses down. There is down-to-earth advice for avoiding the pitfalls of zoning and tax requirements, information on purchasing office equipment and supplies, and guidelines for contracting outside services. A resource section creates access to important publications, home-based business associations, government agencies, and database information for effective business and professional marketing.

This book will appeal to a broad spectrum of current and prospective home office candidates, including the newly self-employed professional, the budding entrepreneur, those weary of the corporate work environment or long commutes, and those determined to restore the balance between their personal and professional lives.

  • Written for the 30 million people currently working from home, and the millions more-predicted to embrace one-third of the work force-who will take advantage of this alternative in the next few years
  • A complete guide for meeting the practical and personal challenges of successfully working from home on either a part-time or full-time basis

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Jeff Berner has been an independent writer, photographer, and lecturer for over 25 years. He leads seminars on home-office success, edits and publishes the Success Working from Home newsletter, and is the author of The Joy of Working from Home as well as ten other books, including The Executive's Guide to Portable Computers and The Nikon Touch Photography Guide.

Jeff is also an accomplished artist and photographer, and you can see more of his work at www.jeffberner.com

Jeff divides his time between his homes in France and California.

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Table of Contents

Contents
1. One of Thirty Million Stories
2. Are You the "Home Office" Type?
3. Making a Business
4. Organizing Your Space
5. Managing Your Time
6. A House Divided & Telecommuting
7. Reaching Your Clients
8. Dealing With Your Vulnerabilities
9. Handling Your Freedom
10. Your Successful Family
11. The Right Equipment
12. Supplies
13. Money
14. Using Outside Services
15. Zoning and Insurance
16. Taxes
17. Making Your Home Office Pay
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Endorsements

"Sometimes the answers we seek for the many problems of modern life are right in front of us. Jeff Berner teaches us a simple, direct route to greater personal fulfillment. It's our life. Jeff instructs us on how to spend it wisely."

Paul Hawken, co-founder and former president, Smith & Hawken, and author of Growing a Business and The Ecology of Commerce

"Words of friendly advice and good cheer for the boss-when the office is your home and the boss is you."

George Leonard, author, Mastery and The Ultimate Athlete

"This is a practical, clearly written resource for those of us working from home. There is much good advice in it for entrepreneurs and other self-employed people."

Michael Murphy, founder, Esalen Institute

"Jeff Berner is the friend who teaches us how to stay free of the two biggest 'home office' traps: being lazy, and being workaholic. His conversational voice is a practical comfort for those who really do want to make a life while making a living."

Robert Kriegel, Ph.D., consultant and speaker, author of The C Zone: Peak Performance Under Stress and If It Ain't Broke, Break It!

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