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Thursday, March 6, 2008

"Full-Time Woman, Part-Time Career"

Quite some time ago Karen Steede Terry contacted me about her book "Full-Time Woman, Part-Time Career" and I decided to write a review about it. When I started reading it the other day, I realized that it's a book I'd like to take my time reading but I didn't want to delay sharing the information with you. Given that a lot of you are WAHMs, I thought you would find this book interesting, encouraging and informative.

In the first-ever analysis of stay-at-home parents (5.5 million), the U.S. Census Bureau found that 42 percent (5.4 million) are moms and 29 percent (98,000) are dads. It's somewhat of a given (just consider the moms you know) that a good portion of the 42 percent of stay-at-home moms are also working from home.

Those statistics, which have most likely risen since that 2003 study, are one of the reasons why "Full-Time Woman, Part-Time Career: Launching a Flexible Business That Fits Your Life, Feeds Your Family and Fuels Your Brain" is a very timely book. Written by Karen Steede Terry, the book offers professional and technical career options that readers can start out of their homes.

Karen gives a glimpse into professional coaching, public speaking, teaching computer software classes and freelance writing as well as information about doing freelance consulting or working part time in the field of your expertise. Not only does she present the information from her own knowledge and expertise, but she has sprinkled the book with a few case studies to give a realistic and personal perspective to what she is writing about.

She also touches on how to determine if you have what it takes to start your own business, some of the basics about starting a business, selling yourself, professionalism, the benefits and disadvantages of working from home and advice from those who have already been there.

"Full-Time Woman, Part-Time Career takes a different approach by bridging the gap for women who are looking for flexible, professional, and technical career options," Karen writes. "And, unlike those other businesses, you don't have to come up with a significant amount of money up-front to buy products. I believe that, using the strategies outlined in this book, women can build a part-time business in as little as two years, in order to have a more flexible and satisfying life."

One of the things I like about the book is that Karen doesn't profess to be a guru in every field. For instance, in the chapter about freelance writing, she says, "Many books have been written that teach you not only how to write but also how to sell your writing services, so I am not going to try and duplicate that information here." But she is specific about what information the chapter will provide: "ideas where to start, who to approach, and what to write." That's an excellent beginning.

Overall, I am impressed with "Full-Time Woman, Part-Time Career" and I believe you will be as well.
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