A new book by Jay Conrad Levinson & Andrew Neitlich

The New Way of Working Really Works

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Are you still attached to the concept of having a "job"? It used to be that being employed was the safest, most secure way to earn a paycheck. Not anymore.

You can make more money and have more security if you abandon the concept of a job. With a job, you have one client -- your employer. If your employer eliminates your position, you need to find another job opportunity. These days, that usually means a excruciating, long, painful process (at least unless you spike in the two areas described in Guerrilla Marketing for a Bulletproof Career). Even when you do a find a new job opportunity, you still give up a great deal of freedom, flexibility, and perhaps satisfaction. Plus, you waste a lot of time on your commute, not to mention unproductive meetings with your colleagues.

Meanwhile, there are many other forms in which you can offer your expertise, while making more money in less time and having more fun. In my own case, I work as a coach, consultant, interim executive, and entrepreneur. Dozens of people from around the world are part of my team, and they only get paid for specific projects and results.

I work from my home office, take breaks in the middle of the day to eat lunch with my wife or play tennis, and have yet to miss one of my kids' swim meets. Looking at my schedule today (Friday), I have about two hours of work to do, and the rest of the time consists of a tennis lesson and hanging out with kids before the school years begins for them next week.

I am so grateful to have discovered this new way of working. Now, a job isn't necessarily a bad thing. If you keep up with your network (power base!), keep honing your skills, and know how to communicate your value to people in the opportunity flow, you should be able to keep upgrading your pay and responsibilities. Guerrilla Marketing for a Bulletproof Career has case studies of people who have done just that, including one individual who went from a lowly assistant to CEO of a major Internet company within a few years.

However, please don't close yourself off to other ways of working besides having a job. You might find an entirely new way of working that gives you more time and flexibility than you ever thought possible -- while making more money, too.

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