THE NEW ENTREPRENEURS: Women Working from Home by Terri P. & Nons Dawe Tepper Tepper

THE NEW ENTREPRENEURS: Women Working from Home

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Interviews with some 40 women who conduct businesses out of their own homes: an eye-opener for those contemplating such a move, or convinced it isn't possible. The authors interject only a brief comment to highlight points with each entry; otherwise, the entrepreneurs tell their own stories in their own words, managing to sketch in the advantages and the potential pratfalls. Some found that, say, designing crafts and writing books on the subject enabled them to have a career while still being home with their children during the early years; many mentioned the joy of being one's own boss (and worst taskmaster); and some combined several related talents in a way that the ""straight"" business world probably would not have been able to. Yes, there are the problems of learning on the job: one antique dealer and appraiser mentions that, even after years of experience, she can't always be sure her appraisals are right. And there are the headaches of financing and paper work, particularly in a business such as retail bookselling (of feminist books in Utah!). But all this is encouraging and painless to learn from, especially for aspiring craftswomen, whose stories abound. A nice addition to the women's market.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1980
Publisher: Universe Books