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The Work At Home Success Bible

a book by Leslie Truax

(our site's book review)

Working at Home

Truax says that: “My journey to work-at-home success was not fast or easy. It was a lot of work. I had setbacks and disappointments. I failed, several times. But I was determined to create a life that gave me the income I needed while still being able to be at home with my children and pursue personal interests. Today I live that life, and I want to help you do the same!”

Alvin Toffler predicted decades ago that many people would be able to work from home—even utilizing telecommuting. Truax uses it. She tells, in her book, how the reader can use it, even starting with an existing job. She will explain about taking a work-at-home proposal to one’s boss, or creating the perfect resume to apply for a work-at-home job. For more on telecommuting or just working from home, see the Jobs section of relocation and WORKING AT HOME.

Alvin Toffler predicted decades ago that many people would be able to work from home in the future
Alvin Toffler predicted decades ago that many people would be able to work from home in the future

Create a plan and take action, is Truax’s advice. If you're childless, this may work so you needn’t continue to be a commuter swearing at traffic jams. If you're not, this may work for you, but we have severe reservations about how well it will work for the kids! Kids have lots of needs as well as problems as well as ideas as well as feelings. If you're so good at your new career you can afford paid childcare workers for when you're doing your work-at-home job, you'll be one of the lucky ones. And your kid will be lucky too.

If, on the other hand, you cannot afford the big expense of buying a nanny’s services at the hours you need her, it’s your kid who will suffer. As mentioned, kids have lots of needs as well as problems as well as ideas as well as feelings. If you can get a job done while your kid is down for a nap, good for you. But the idea that you'll make enough money to live on working only during a kid’s naps is silly. Truax all but admits this. You will need childcare help (perhaps a babysitting co-op?). Anyone trying to do childcare and a job simultaneously will end up messing up both. Also, not to overstate the obvious, but it's important to note that a TV set is NOT a caregiver.

TV babysitter
TV babysitter

Once kids go to pre-school or school, there's a chance you can get a job done while they're away. A few types of jobs, like artist, may allow this. Many of the rest won't, although there are more and more virtual and/or telecommuting jobs that allow workers to set their own schedules. A reality of almost all jobs is that there will be necessary phone calls and/or mobile calls or texts coming in that will NOT be concerned with your kid’s school hours or his afternoon nap hours, and many will require prompt action. The calls will likely come in the middle of your toddler’s tantrums when he is home or during story time or when you're feeding a young child. Lots of luck with doing good nurturing and handling phone calls simultaneously! You'll end up with child semi-care and job semi-performance. Ouch!

Vital work-at-home calls will likely come in the middle of your toddler’s tantrums when he is home or during story time or when you're feeding a young child
Vital work-at-home calls will likely come in the middle of your toddler’s tantrums when he is home or during story time or when you're feeding a young child


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Registering for MC search and match

We expect some work-at-home people will join MCs (microcommunities). See Why Register for an MC? and The Big Answer: Microcommunities (MC) and Personal Status Boards (PSB™). They will surely not be on any designated caregiver schedules during their working hours!

The author has given people wanting to work at home a great guide for how to pull it off. There are lots of cheerleader-like encouragements, but these are balanced with warnings about how much work it is, about how you may fail with several attempts before succeeding, and about that it will take a lot of patience, persistence and just plain hard work. Working at home is not for the fainthearted.

Working at home is not for the fainthearted
Working at home is not for the fainthearted


Working at Home Not for the Fainthearted (or the gullible?)

There's something strangely similar between many infomercials and Truax’s book. She admits that a good part of her income comes from sales of her book The Work At Home Success Bible. If she wasn’t selling the book, would her home business even survive?

Real estate wizards write books and create video courses which they sell using infomercials. The ads tell us how wonderfully successful they are at real estate, and that they're only sharing the wonderful secrets via books and video courses out of the goodness of their hearts. This leads one to wonder: if they were so darned successful and they're now so darned rich, how come we find them hawking their wares in sleazy, too-good-to-be-true infomercials?

There's only room for a handful of people to succeed using work-at-home methods since the key to success is to write a book about it, and yet this market is already glutted . . . oops!
There's only room for a handful of people to succeed using work-at-home methods since the key to success is to write a book about it, and yet this market is already glutted . . . oops!

Similarly, if her adoption social worker job is paying the bills, how come the need to write a tell-all about working at home? And if her adoption social worker job is NOT paying the bills, is THAT why she wrote a tell-all about working at home—for economic survival? By this line of reasoning, there is only success for those with home jobs who write books about it since the home jobs are NOT successful enough to live on UNLESS you do a book, and there is only success for those with real estate flipping jobs who write books about it as well as do it, since the flipping money dries up pretty quick and you really do NOT get rich from it, but if you write a book, at least you'll survive economically.

Follow this line of reasoning to its unhappy conclusions and you realize that since there's only room for a handful of people to succeed using their real estate course’s tips and there's only room for a handful of people to succeed using work-at-home methods in her book, since there's a limited market for either product and once a few of them are out there the publishers won't take anymore, so the rest of the people using these books and courses will fail since the books and courses don’t really make much—if any—money, so without the selling of books and videos the book’s and video’s information is insufficient to create enough success to survive on. Therefore the overall theme of how you can succeed with real estate flipping or home businesses is misleading, since only a tiny handful can succeed while the rest will fail (but not before they’ve paid their hard-earned cash for the book and/or video!).

Just saying . . .

home office worker
Home office worker