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Minibibliography No. 00-1

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Minibibliography  No. 00-1


Transmittal

Section:                Network Services Section

Date:                   May 12, 2000

Instructions:   The attached is the first in the 2000 series
of new minibibliographies compiled by the Network Services
Section for use by network libraries.

If you need extra copies, a limited supply is available from
the Network Services Section.  You may also download copies
from the electronic NLS Reports.

Please update your minibibliography table of contents by
adding the title, date, and number of this minibibliography.





Self-Employment




                                                No. NSS 00-1
                                                  April 2000

Introduction


Working for yourself can be the American dream.  Before the
dream can be realized, however, many challenges must be
faced and many details must be considered.  The
self-employed individual bears responsibility for every
aspect of the business, works long hours, and pays the
entire cost of health benefits, life insurance, and taxes.
The person must hire and supervise other employees or work
alone, overcoming the sense of solitude and maintaining the
motivation to persevere through difficult times.  Following
is a list of  books available from NLS library collections
that may help ensure a profitable and rewarding career.

Climb Your Own Ladder: 101 Home Businesses That Can Make You
Wealthy
by Allen J. Lieberoff
     Basic information on starting and running a variety of
     rewarding small businesses, ranging from clerical,
     automotive, and cleaning services to unusual
     occupations such as theatrical producer, astrologer,
     and sex surrogate.  1982
     BR 5681

The Entrepreneurial Mind
by Jeffry A. Timmons
     A professor at Babson College and Harvard Business
     School writes a how-to book for entrepreneurs based on
     his experience as a teacher, researcher, and
     practitioner.  Topics covered include necessary skills,
     forming a new venture team, managing the family
     business, and dealing with the law.  1989
     RC 31825

Going for It!  How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur
by Victor Kiam
     According to the author, an entrepreneur can be anyone
     who sees little difference between obstacle and
     opportunity and is able to capitalize on either.  Kiam
     shares personal remembrances and offers credible,
     useful advice to beginners and professionals.  1986
     RC 24802

High-Tech Ventures: The Guide for Entrepreneurial Success
by C. Gordon Bell and John E. McNamara
     For someone contemplating starting a company, the
     author offers practical advice based on his experience
     and identifies important stages to consider: "concept
     and seed" (planning), product and market development,
     and the steady state.  He provides analytical tools for
     success and a diagnostic checklist of concerns to be
     addressed at each stage.  1991
     RC 34414

Home, Inc.: How to Start and Operate a Successful Business
from Your Home
by Stuart Feldstein
     A Business Week editor outlines preparations for
     setting up a home business.  Practical manual offers
     lively interviews combined with economic research.
     Feldstein spells out the profit potential, prospective
     hazards, and the possibilities of enjoyment.  1981
     RD 17565

The Home Office and Small Business Answer Book: Solutions to
the Most Frequently Asked Questions about Starting and
Running Home Offices and Small Businesses
by Janet Attard
     Business information provider to the GEnie and America
     Online services offers practical solutions to hundreds
     of questions about starting a small or home-based
     business.  With its emphasis on electronic resources,
     Attard's approach can also serve as a reference guide
     for established entrepreneurs.  Includes glossary.
     1993
     RC 40470

Home Operated Business Opportunities for the Disabled
by Raymond C. Cheever
     Practical guide for those individuals who find that the
     best way to make a productive living is to operate a
     business in their own homes.  Offers tips on getting
     started and suggests considering your own skills and
     interests as well as physical limitations in selecting
     a business. 1976
     RC 21752

How to Start a Word Processing Business at Home
by John J. Branson
     Instructions on establishing a word processing service
     and making the business successful and profitable.
     Discusses types of software and hardware and advises on
     marketing and managing the business.  1985
     RC 24816

How to Succeed on Your Own: Overcoming the Emotional
Roadblocks on the Way from Corporation to Cottage, from
Employee to Entrepreneur
by Karin Abarbanel
     Female entrepreneurs and experts give advice and
     firsthand experience on what to expect, personally and
     professionally, when forgoing a corporate career to
     launch a small business.  Discussions cover timing the
     move, preparing for emotional impacts of the change,
     avoiding possible traps, and enjoying the rich rewards.
     1994
     RC 40190

I'll Work for Free: A Short-Term Strategy with a Long-Term
Payoff
by Bob Weinstein
     Instead of spending time searching for a job, the
     author suggests deciding which job you want and
     offering to work without pay for a few months to prove
     your worth.  He explains how to sell yourself in
     letters and interviews, how to ensure that you won't be
     stuck with gopher-type work, and how to pay the bills
     while working for free.  1994
     BR 10424

Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principles
by Peter Ferdinand Drucker
     The well-known management authority examines the
     phenomenon of American entrepreneurship and discusses
     policies and practices essential to success.  1985
     RC 23790

Jumping the Job Track: Security, Satisfaction, and Success
as an Independent Consultant
by Peter C. Brown
     Guide to making it on one's own.  Brown discusses
     initial steps toward independence, such as leaving a
     job, weighing risks versus rewards, marketing one's
     skills, winning over clients, and separating business
     from private life.  Each chapter ends with a profile of
     someone who has succeeded at the topic under
     discussion.  The final section deals with other
     practical issues.  1994
     RC 41217

Managing the One-Person Business
by Mary Jean Parson
     A writer, teacher, and entrepreneur has written this
     succinct handbook for individuals starting a one-person
     business.  The author discusses a broad range of issues
     such as finding start-up money, marketing products,
      taking avacation, and maximizing profits.  Work
     sheets, sample contracts, and standardized forms are
     also included.  1987
     BR 07419

Minding My Own Business: Entrepreneurial Women Share Their
Secrets for Success
by Marjorie McVicar and Julia F. Craig
     Practical guide for the woman interested in starting
     her own business.  Describes specifics of operating
     retail stores, restaurants, food services, franchising,
     mail-order enterprises, and personal services.  1981
     RC 20103

The New Venture Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to
Start and Run Your Own Business
by Ronald E. Merrill and Henry Dwight Sedgwick
     Two experienced entrepreneurs emphasize the importance
     of realistic and well-defined business goals, the need
     for thorough market research, and requirements for
     recruiting competent business associates.  Includes the
     basics and some unconventional wisdom as well.  1987
     RC 26493

On Your Own: A Guide to Working Happily, Productively, and
Successfully from Home
by Lionel L. Fisher
     A writer who works out of his home focuses on the
     emotional, psychological, and motivational challenges
     of working alone.  Topics include getting organized,
     avoiding procrastination, promoting self-actualization,
     setting office boundaries, and befriending solitude.
     1995
     BR 10380

101 Home Office Success Secrets
by Lisa Kanarek
     A handbook of practical tips for the home-office
     entrepreneur.  Garnered from interviews with thirty
     home-office professionals, the advice covers such areas
     as marketing, office management, work habits, and
     personal development.  Uses illustrative anecdotes.
     1993
     RC 45570

The Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship
by William D. Bygrave
     Estimating that the nation would need at least fifteen
     million new entrepreneurs by the end of the twentieth
     century, businessman and professor Bygrave provides
     guidelines for "anyone who wants to get involved in the
      birth andgrowth of an enterprise."  Topics covered
     include recognizing a high-potential opportunity,
     creating a business, financing, marketing, and
     "harvesting" cash flows from the investment.  1994
     RC 39698

The Small Business Start-Up Guide
by Robert Sullivan
     A practical handbook for prospective small-business
     owners.  Guides the reader in assessing his or her
     entrepreneurial abilities, picking the "right"
     business, planning, marketing, hiring employees, using
     available technology, and handling other management
     responsibilities.  1998
     RC 45744

Starting on a Shoestring: Building a Business without a
Bankroll
by Arnold S. Goldstein
     Comprehensive, step-by-step guide aimed at those who
     are low on cash but have the ambition and survival
     skills necessary to become successful entrepreneurs.
     Goldstein advises readers on such topics as selecting a
     business, borrowing money, setting up shop, producing
     profits, and deciding whether to establish a
     partnership.  Includes case histories and anecdotes.
     1984
     BR 5956

What Losing Taught Me about Winning: The Ultimate Guide for
Success in Small and Home-Based Businesses
by Fran Tarkenton
     A former football star and accomplished entrepreneur
     offers advice on how to succeed in a small business.
     Discusses attitudes, ideas, skills, methods, and
     resources that are common to successful owners.  Uses
     case studies to dramatize key points.  1997
     RC 46108

Working Solo: The Real Guide to Freedom and Financial
Success with Your Own Business
by Terri Lonier
     A longtime consultant gives tips for self-employed
     people.  Outlines the wide variety of possible solo
     businesses and details the steps necessary for success,
     including creating a personal and financial support
     structure, making the best use of technology, and
     obtaining clients.  1994
     RC 45387

Your Home Office
by Norman Schreiber
     Guidelines for creating and organizing a home office
     for efficient use.  Includes advice on basic needs and
     designs--space, computers, and telephones; how and when
     to obtain outside help--from accountants to couriers;
     and general business information--marketing,
     record-keeping for tax purposes, and allocating
     resources.  The author also discusses dealing with
     problems of motivation and solitude.  1990
     RC 33467



                                Compiled by Joyce Y. Carter
                                      and Catherine O'Connor
                                    Network Services Section

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