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Book Review: The Best 10 Low Cost Home Business Plans

[GIFTED] The Best 10 Low Cost Home Business Plans by Gerri Spiers is a must-read for anyone who dreams of being self-employed.

The 10 Best Low Cost Home Business Plans

I’m working towards being self-employed as a blogger and freelancer, so this book felt perfect for me. Although the goal is to be a full-time writer, I’m content doing little side-projects. Some of the ideas in this book such as dog walking and tutoring are definitely things I could do before writing starts generating enough of an income. I hadn’t even thought of doing them!

What I liked about this book was that she breaks everything down into easy-to-do tasks. She also makes sure to educate readers on almost everything they need to know. The book opens with legal considerations to take into account, which is really important! When I was in college we had a talk on freelancing, and the guest speaker told us about a friend of his who wasn’t declaring his freelance income and when he was found out, had to pay a huge lump sum of the tax he hadn’t paid! While this guy actually got off lucky, the best thing to do is make sure your taxes are in order as a self-employed person.

She makes it clear that being self-employed means saying goodbye to paid holidays, sick leave, maternity leave, all the perks of working for a business. However, I believe this is the price of freedom. For me, the prospect of choosing my own hours, making all my profits, and answering to me and me alone is worth it.

The 10 ideas are wide-ranging so there’s something for everyone. I sure couldn’t be a wedding planner, but someone else could! I couldn’t probably offer a pretty decent CV service though! I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of jobs out of these 10 that I could realistically do well. She even tells you how to go about starting your new venture, and how to do the job. As well as, how to meet other freelancers, find support, and get your business the attention and customers it needs.

Everything you could ever need to know about being self-employed is in this book. From starting off, taxes & accounting, to scheduling your day. This was such a helpful guide, that’s handy to refer back to.

50 Tried and Tested Hacks To Help Grow Your Online Business.

I was also given a copy of 50 Tried and Tested Hacks To Help Grow Your Online Business.

This book too is a lifesaver.

The tips are so simple but effective and are very much applicable to all online businesses – even bloggers who sell their own products.

A lot of people undersell themselves and their services, and also expect work to come to them. I’m definitely guilty of charging low rates for freelance services, for fear of not getting hired – when I’m worth more than that! After reading this book, I’ll be approaching everything with more confidence.

I was even given a cashflow sheet which I’ll absolutely be using!

If you’re looking to earn a side income, or become self-employed full-time I’d recommend these books.

You can find The 10 Best Low Cost Home Business Plans and 50 Tried and Tested Hacks To Help Grow Your Online Business. on Gerri’s website:

3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Best 10 Low Cost Home Business Plans

  1. This is good to know. Like you I’m working on growing my writing and hoping to work from home because it’s easier to manage my illness like that. I’ll have to look into this book!

  2. Ooh, this book seems really interesting! I wouldn’t be smart enough to be self-employed but I would love to work from home though! I tend to be there most times due to my disability so who knows! Haha!

  3. This is definitely something I’ll be looking into in the future when I am more stable. I really struggle to find self-employed/work from home opportunities that fit with my skills without my deficits (i.e. using that pesky phone or talking to people) but maybe in the future I’ll be able to set up a cat sitting service or something similar.
    I have a couple of friend who I cat sit for; but I do that for free because I get to crash at their place for a few days and get a break from the toxic home environment.

    Maybe when I have my own place I’ll be able to look into the possibility of a boarding service for the occasional cat so I can have the fluffy snuggles without the responsibility of taking them for routine vet appts.

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