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Making a Living Without a Job: Winning Ways for Creating Work That You Love

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  438 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
For all of the millions of Americans who are out of work, soon to be out of work, or wishing to be freed from unrewarding work—here is the must-have book that will show you how you can make a living by working when, where, and how you want.

Newly revised and updated, Barbara J. Winter’s guide to successful self-employment is now more relevant than ever before. Drawing on
Paperback, Revised, 288 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Bantam (first published July 1st 1993)
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Feb 10, 2013 Michelle is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book and the workshops she provides. Her ideas and stories of other's successful ventures is reassurring and thought provoking on how to really live without a 9 to 5 job. It has been my new company "bible" this year as it allows me to dream and open my mind to how things could expand and develop in various different directions. Simple, straightforward. Not really a how to on specifics but more of a larger map of possibibilites.
Debbie Foege
Feb 10, 2012 Debbie Foege rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say, I didn't really have high hopes that I would get anything much out of this book, but It came highly recommended from a friend. It really did give some good advice and insight about tools, techniques and mindsets and beliefs you have to have to follow your passion and be successful making money at it.

I think the best advice I got from this book was the idea of having multiple streams of income. But mostly this book made me feel extremely passionate about finally taking that step t
Lindsey Lang
Mar 10, 2010 Lindsey Lang marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-to-read
a truly eye-opening book for anyone who has always wished for something more than the 9-5 grind. my husband read it first and we've both taken so much from this book! it's helped us to realize that there is more out there if you're willing to try for it and that you don't have to settle into a life/job that you don't want.

Jan 08, 2014 Kat rated it liked it
I liked this book. It included bullet points, check lists, and blank lines to help you really think in addition to a handy resource guide in the back. This is good for someone maybe starting out on their business and needs some motivation or someone who wants to tart a business but does not think its possible.
What I did NOT like about this book was it was wayy too optimistic. I admit I am a pessimist but I have read many entrepreneur books and they always mention the hard facts. According to thi
Nov 27, 2012 Phil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking to create the work life of their dreams
When I attended Barbara's seminar of the same name about twenty years ago, I got far more out of her presentation than I expected. The core of her strategy is the concept of multiple profit centers. Instead of finding one job that makes $30,000, for instance, create three jobs that make $10,000 each. In time, one may grow to $15,000, one may grow to $20,000 and one may go away altogether. But new profit centers may present themselves as well. That's essentially how I cobbled together a living al ...more
Dec 09, 2009 Beth rated it really liked it
I read the first edition of this book a few years ago. I love this book! The author is very encouraging and inspirational and talks about how to start your own business. She focuses more on small-scale, work-at-home type ventures (rather than something where you would need to obtain financing or write a business plan). She encourages readers to discover their passion and offers advice for getting started, whether on a part-time basis or full time. She focuses a lot on the benefits of working for ...more
Jennie Floyd
This book was written by the author of "Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow." Since I've been doing what I love for 16 years and the money has NOT followed, I'm not necessarily a believer in this adage, and I didn't find this book all that helpful. It was written in 2009 and since then everybody that needs a flexible job has become an Uber driver. I'd say sign up and skip this book.
Rosa Frei
Oct 30, 2015 Rosa Frei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business-money
A very inspirational and motivating book for people thinking about starting their own business. The author encourages the reader to value the special interest and unique experiences, talents, and skills each of us have. Event though there are some books out there, who state the "passion" is overrated in business, according to the author referring to a scientific longtime research, from all those people in the study who have become millionaires, the most significant different is persistence and p ...more
Apr 29, 2015 Devon rated it really liked it
Who wouldn't want to make a living without a job? I heard someone interviewed on the radio today saying "I go to work every day and think 'I can't believe I work here and they pay me for this!' about his music studio job. Well, that's not the case for many of us--those who have had to shape shift into various jobs in order to survive or accommodate some other thing in our lives like school or care giving. This book is really hopeful and is written by someone who clearly did create a career out o ...more
Mary Karpel-Jergic
Sep 19, 2015 Mary Karpel-Jergic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help, work
A valuable book. Lots of ideas and inspiration. Encouraging. The only reason I didn't give Barbara 5 stars is my criticism that quite a bit of the self-help stuff had echoes of 'the secret' about it and I don't have a strong faith in this I'm afraid.

However, having the right attitude, one which says 'Can Do' is essential in order to turn creative thinking about earning a living into a reality. I actually attended a workshop of hers in London a while back and she was brilliant. She certainly is a
Jerome Baladad
Feb 24, 2016 Jerome Baladad rated it really liked it
I've found out that the more interesting, more informative parts of this particular book to my mind can be found in its last few chapters. I did complete reading the book, including its recommended lists of books-to-read, some of which I have sold already to customers I've got in my online bookstore, and some of which I've read as well. Having a graduate degree in business, I'm already aware that the only way to solve logistics-related troubles I have (including money) in a permanent, solid mann ...more
Apr 06, 2012 Karla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic that only improves with time, particularly in the current economy. The best way to create a life you love is to build it around meaningful work. This book helps you figure out just what that is.
Mar 30, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whenever I need a cheerleader for starting my own business, I turn to Barbara Winter. She has practical advice and a certain charm I enjoy. While most other entrepreneur coaches these days are all about online businesses, Winter takes a broader approach - probably because she has been at it longer than the Internet has been around. She has had a myriad of small, solopreneur businesses and is a big fan of having a basket of small businesses in flight, so when one falls off, there are two more rea ...more
Tiffany Young
May 28, 2012 Tiffany Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
An extension of Dan Miller's "No More Mondays," Barbara Winter's "Making a Living Without a Job" extends this knowledge to go beyond the basics to show you examples of what a life without a full-time job might actually be like. Not only has she created several different money-making endeavors throughout her career, but she trains many others to do the same.

My favorite portion of the book is where she talks about creating multiple streams of income. She has you picturing a juggler, who begins sp
Jul 15, 2012 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In her book, Barbara J. Winter writes about "winning ways for creating work that you love", how to be your own boss, and explore your entrepreneurial dreams and ideas.
I found this book a timely read even though it's original printing was in 1993. Especially in this economical struggle for many, the author shares not only her own experiences with entrepreneurial business ventures;but other's who have gone on their way to being their own bosses. She writes, "Big businesses have lost their cachet,
Feb 18, 2016 Dacia rated it liked it
This wasn't what I thought it would be. I was expecting some concrete guidance. This was just the same ol' same ol'. I'm still not any closer to knowing what to do Believe in yourself...give me a break! I already know that you need to research and prepare and be optimistic. I need talent. I need to know where I belong. This book didn't help me. I give it a 3 because it was fairly easy to read.
Oct 28, 2009 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read the previous edition of this book several years ago. That time I sped through, loving every word. This time, I still loved every word but I read it more slowly, not wanting to get through it too quickly. Several parts of the book were especially memorable to me this time around. First, the description of self esteem as self awareness really resonated with me. I have always felt that I was lacking in self esteem, and this simple definition has helped me immensely. I am now trying to ...more
Feb 14, 2015 Anung rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book if you don't want to go the traditional route to make money. And no, this is not some scam for get rich or half-ass plans for money. It is really well thought out and researched. I was already going down this path and loved hear about others who are also doing so. It works out for different interests and personalities. Even going great examples you can try out. I loved the idea of Multiple Money Making Centers. You can work on different things at different times but everything has a d ...more
Apr 12, 2016 Johns rated it liked it
A short book containing pointers that will not resonate with everyone but containing some golden phrases that some readers will value tremendously. The "killer" words for me were found on page 231 under the section entitled, Apprentice Yourself. If you are considering starting you own business, this is a helpful book indeed.
Lisa A. Carlson
May 23, 2012 Lisa A. Carlson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: aspiring entrepreneurs
Recommended to Lisa A. by: found it at the library
Shelves: how-to
Do you long to work for yourself? Does everyone around you kill your dream because they are busy being miserable working for someone else? If this sounds familiar this book is for you. Barbara J. Winter offers common-sense ideas and enthusiasm about starting your own business. It's refreshing, informative and her stories about her own job experiences will hit home. A native Minnesotan who now runs her own business in Las Vegas gets it
right when she proclaims; everyday more of us decide to inhabi
Jun 15, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book offered great insights and inspiration for my transition from unemployed to self-employed and self-empowered. Barbara speaks from the heart and balances general, self-help suggestions with actual business tips and ideas you can start using immediately. While some of the recommendations are dated (the version I had, which I think was the most recent, was updated in 1993!), so much of it is timeless. I really like Barbara's approach to "multiple profit centers" so that you never put all ...more
Tony Bradshaw
May 17, 2014 Tony Bradshaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the fill in the blank spots in the book, but I had a library copy, so I think I want my own copy to work through it again and actually scribble on the page!

The book is extra optimistic, but most new/small business owners need a this kind of outlook at the critical point when this book would be recommended.

I think it needs a follow up about how to manage employees. Something with a title like: How to convince someone their job isn't boring.

A friend recommended this to me but I think it's really aimed at a different audience so I didn't end up finishing it. Nothing terribly wrong with it but just not for me. I think it's aimed at people in the middle of their careers who want to become self employed which isn't where I'm at.
Nov 05, 2015 Tara rated it it was amazing
This had few dozen pages on what I was looking for, what I needed. Everything else was what I didn't know I wanted. If nothing else, Barbara Winter has officially made me want to be joyfully jobless.
Elizabeth Clark
Jun 22, 2014 Elizabeth Clark rated it liked it
The book contains some good information and ideas. However, the quotations from well-known people are not properly documented, and there is no index.
Marvelous book... I will add more when I'll read it a second time.
Kelli Delaney
Jun 02, 2015 Kelli Delaney rated it liked it
This book is really about getting you in the entrepreneur spirit. A lot of self-reflection and soul-searching. Honestly, I don't feel closer to becoming a self-bosser, but it has given me some things to think about/work on.
Jan 29, 2014 Ilana rated it really liked it
There were some good ideas and some good thought process prompts throughout the book. It got a little touchy feely at times but I think overall it was useful, interesting, and a good starting point for someone interested in making this kind of life change.
Sep 04, 2014 Glenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An unrivaled depth of subject knowledge conveyed so logically and without the usual hype or pressure, it exudes wisdom.
Shannon Nolte
May 01, 2013 Shannon Nolte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the first edition of this, and I'm currently reading the most recent. I just love Barbara Winter's ability to deconstruct societal expectations that we should all be defined by one occupation and one occupation only. What a horribly depressing thought. This book is one of the most encouraging things out there for those who want to start their own business, or make their living in a more unusual way like for example, several part-time jobs which would allow one to write or pursue other int ...more
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