Book Review

Primer on Developing and Running a Home-Based Biz

Have you ever thought about running your own business from home? I know I did. When I retired in 2010, I discovered this book by Donna Partow. It was well organized and full of information and ideas. I found Donna’s upbeat, optimistic attitude inspiring. While she was writing to women, the principles are the same for men and retirees.


Making Money from Home: How to Run a Successful Home-Based Business by Donna Partow 

With the Internet, turning a good idea into a great business has never been easier. With this book, Making Money from Home, Donna Partow shared her story and how anyone can start and successfully operate a home business.

Working a home-based business used to be thought of as a small enterprise or only for women. The American economy and the internet has shown us that anyone can take a good idea and turn it into a successful business, all from the comfort of their home.

Donna found herself out of work and recovering from substance abuse. Today, she is happy and is running a successful home business. In fact, she created a foundation to support clean water supplies in Latin America.

Steps to Success

Donna suggests various strategies to determine if you want to offer a service, actual merchandise or digital products. She also discusses how to market the business and how to minimize expenses in the start up. She helps the reader to see how the benefits of a home-based business may outweigh the cost of working outside the home. Advantages include:

  • No commuting expenses,
  • No need for high fashion clothing,
  • No need to wear ties (three cheers for the men!),
  • No lunch purchases,
  • No offsite childcare,
  • No afterschool sitters for your children,
  • No home security issues since the home is always occupied!

This is good news for stay at home moms and dads. But it is also good news for retirees looking to supplement their retirement income. We do’t want commuting and clothing expenses to eat up our retirement income. Also, we want a low cost method to starting a home based business.


Topics to Get You Started on the Road to Success 

This book shows you in easy-to-understand language how to get started.

Topics include:

  • Learning to form the foundations of a solid business,
  • How to manage your time wisely,
  • How to market products and services,
  • How to create a simple business plan (even if you cannot use a spreadsheet),
  • How handle legal issues,
  • How to set up a business account,
  • How to set up a record keeping file,
  • How to use the Internet to your advantage.

As Donna would say: “Three cheers for technology!”


The Book Got Me Started With My Personal Home Biz

I now have a home-based business in my retirement. I set my own schedule and work at my own pace. I still have the time for retirement activities and to spend more time with my family. This is a good book and will help you decide if operating a home based business is right for you. Click here for more on Donna Partow and her book.

This is not news, but it is reality. Buy this book and begin your journey now.











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