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Book Review – Six Figure Second Income by David Lindahl and Jonathan Rozek

In Non-Fiction Writing on April 10, 2011 at 13:04

The Six-Figure Second Income: How to Start and Grow a Successful Online Business without Quitting Your Day Job

There comes a time in all our professional lives, when we question the working life that we’ve started on. Maybe it’s because we have fallen into a rut that we can’t get out of, or the job that once paid the bills is finding it a struggle. Or maybe you really enjoy the job that you have but you’d like a little extra in the pay packet at the end of the month.

Whatever the reason, many of us are thinking about running a second business to supplement the income that we already receive. This is where ‘The Six Figure Second Income’ by David Lindahl and Jonathan Rozek comes in. Many books of this nature are to be found on a website, or as an ebook. For me this can be difficult to dip into and it is good to find this book, as a real book (it is also available as an ebook if you want one of those).

In their book, David and Jonathan take a building block approach to a fully-fledged internet business that can certainly supplement, but in some cases replace the more traditional businesses that need us to be there between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Their book is divided into chapters that discuss barriers to running a passive income site (both real barriers and false), as well as describing how to create valuable content that people will pay for, and then return for more.

I especially like the chapter devoted to the types of content that you can create – from newsletters and ebooks to technology applications and paid consultations. There are many sites that offer advice, but don’t dwell too long on the types of content that can be used, making it difficult for the business owner to visualise what they need to do.

There is also a significant section of the book devoted to the website – how to set it up and then how to optimise it so that you can gain lots and lots of traffic, from people who you hope will then stick around any purchase something.

This is a great book, make no mistake. There is nothing that in this book that you can’t find on a selection of websites anyway, but the usefulness of it is the fact that it’s all in a single place waiting for you to take advantage of it and allow you to control your destiny in a way that you might not have been able to do before.

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Book Review – The 4-hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

In Non-Fiction Writing, Uncategorized on March 27, 2011 at 14:45

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

In the world of self-promotion, Tim Ferriss is a phenomenon and a legend. In the world of working lifestyle change, he is one of the beacons of the alternative working lifestyle movement. Most of us will have heard of his blog and book “The 4-hour Work Week” and thought that there was a catch. And maybe there is. But the catch is that you have to get out of the comfortable rut that we all find ourselves in, and try something new in the hope that it will chance your life.

The book is derived from the successful blog of the same name, and is grouped into four main areas:

Definition – Where you reset your lifestyle choices, and decide what you really want to do.

Elimination – Where the non-productive aspects of your life are removed so that you can focus on the important stuff.

Automation – Where the boring (but important stuff) is outsourced so that you concentrate on the interesting stuff.

Liberation – Where you finally make the leap into a new lifestyle.

The book is a series of mini-examples which guide you through the process of changing from living to work, to working to live. This is a book that can give you a new lease of life that ultimately benefits you and the people around you. The challenge is not what you need to do to maintain a 4-hour lifestyle, rather the courage you need to make that leap from a comfortable 8-hour/day routine. This is the book that might just change your life and make it happen.

Go on and do it, because you might find it actually works!

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Book Review – Startup Kit by Emma Jones

In Non-Fiction Writing on February 17, 2011 at 13:55

The Start Up Kit: Everything you need to start a business

With £400 worth of benefits, this book sells itself without the need for the advice it contains. This is a shame, because the accompanying book is a wealth of valuable information that eclipses the attached offers.

Identifying itself as ‘Everything you need to start a small business’ is a bold claim, but you wouldn’t bet against the author Emma Jones, who has written similar books (Go Global, Working 5 to 9, Spare Room Startup) on this subject. It seems that her mission in life is to spread the word that the aim of starting a small business is well within the reach of those people who once thought it impossible.

The Startup Kit is set out in a simple, but effective way. There is no space left undisturbed to provide a titbit of salient business advice, or suggestions for further places to look, or for technology that might make your life easier. There is even a section at the back of the book that provides a selection of sample templates for all of the supporting work that you are going to need to do, to make your business work.

The jewel in the crown of the kit are the offers that are contained in the pack. For the purchase price of the book, there are offers with Blackberry, Google, Experian and others that will make life just that little bit easier when you are manically trying to get your business going and have little spare capacity to think about yet another thing.

The style of the book fits in with the two other books that Emma has written, and this book more than continues the trend for easy to read, sensible advice for the would-be entrepreneur. With ideas about how to market your ideas, generate sales, and deal with the inevitable interest of the taxman, this book is as close to being the perfect startup book. For the would be entrepreneur, this is an essential purchase.

There is only one thing that Emma Jones does not do – she can’t give you your business idea. You’ll have to think of that yourself.

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Book Review – The Naked Trader by Robbie Burns

In Non-Fiction Writing on February 17, 2011 at 13:54

The Naked Trader: How Anyone Can Make Money Trading Shares

If you’ve ever fancied playing the financial markets, then you might be in store for a book that could help you do just that. Since the privatisation revolution in the 1980s, the opportunity for the general population to hold shares in private companies has exploded. With the advent of the internet, as with most business ventures, this opportunity has become stellar.

Robbie Burn’s book ‘The Naked Trader’ takes the uninitiated share trader through the various ways that shares can be traded on line, with advice on how to make serious money so that you can give up your day job.

Opening with a description of a typical day in the life of a naked trader, the book is logically set out allowing easy understanding of the sections being described. There are chapters on what you need to know – for instance, do you know what spread betting is, or what shorting means?

Continuing the theme of telling the reader everything, the book looks at strategies and techniques a home trader can follow to maximise the return on their investments, and just as importantly, stop making the mistakes that will detract from your efforts. There is a lot to learn, and there is no substitute for advice from people who has done it before, and there are links to websites, other books, as well as offers to meet the author giving one of his seminars on the subject.

I found this an incredibly easy book to read. There is a lot of information that needs to be understood in order to maximise any monetary gain from naked trading. However, this is a book that will answer most if not all questions a beginner to this business might ask. So, look down the sides of the sofa, and search  out those lost fivers and tenners.

This is a book that you need to read if you aspire to a bankers bonus.

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Book Review – Whack around the head by Sharon Eden

In Non-Fiction Writing on January 25, 2011 at 11:20

There has to be more than this to life surely…  Apart from the obvious joke, we’ve all had moments when we’re in a rut, depressed, or simply not sure about the next thing to do to get your life back on track. This is not specific to anything in particular, but “Whack around the head” by Sharon Eden may help you.To begin with, the book is small enough to park itself inside a handbag, a satchel or a briefcase for a quick read during the day during breaks. The suggestions it comes up with are intended to invigorate your here-and-now, to make the rest more productive and worthwhile.

The book is split into three main sections, Purpose, Passion and Power, book-ended with sections on Change – how you get yourself out of the initial rut, to looking at how though change is scary, it can be the agent of your energy for the three ‘P’s.

Purpose looks at your mission. What are you here to do? What do you want to do and how are you going to do it? Passion reminds you that for real change to happen, there must be a fire inside you driving you along. And Power looks at the way you take control of what you want to do. Use your internal purpose and passion to power you to a better life.

This book is littered with detail and quotes from significant people that make it something you can come back to time and time again. This is not just for now, or for next week. This is for the next time you need a whack around the head.

This book review was originally published on Family Friendly Working, a site packed with advice on flexible work for mums and dads.

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