Friday, July 5, 2013

Book Review - Microbusiness Independence

Like Trailersteading: Voluntary Simplicity In a Mobile Home, which was reviewed in a previous guest post, Microbusiness Independence is an ebook by author and blogger, Anna Hess. It is very possible that I never would have ran across this book, if I were not already familiar with Anna's work. I am, however, glad to have found it.

Knowing that Anna and her husband Mark manufacture and market their own line of chicken waterers, the Avian Aqua Miser, I knew that it was very likely the book would focus on those wishing to sale a physical product, rather than those wishing to profit from something like blogging or providing a service. Given the low price, however, I thought that it would still be worth reading, and I was right.

Much of the material in the book is not directly applicable to Andrea and I, as we aren't likely to invent a new product that we can market the way Anna and Mark have, even though the book does provide some tips to help those who wish to follow that path. There are many tips that are applicable to us, however, especially as we consider things such as building a small garden stand down the road, or Andrea's crafting side business, which is still in development.

The book covers topics such as developing your idea, making your idea a reality, budgeting/bookkeeping, marketing and customer service. In addition to provide some useful information, the author also manages to provide motivation, which might be the most important thing for a lot of people.

If you have any interest at all in the topic, I suggest checking the book out. Its really hard to go wrong with a book that features the combination of an interesting topic, a passionate author, and a low price.

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