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 |  Posted: 04/06/12 11:14 AM ET  |  Updated: 04/06/12 11:14 AM ET

Self-Employment Tips: 7 Books On Working From Home

By Luke Dempsey for Bookish

Friday sees the release of the much-awaited U.S. Department of Labor’s March employment figures, but for many “new workers”–those who’ve traded the chance of a corner office for the lure of their couch–these weighty announcements are beside the point. Suits are out, pajamas are in, and that’s because in the 21st century economy, more people are finding work beyond a traditional office setting. Many (often younger) Americans are a workforce of one as they head off on their own as independent contractors and freelancers. But can you make a living from your living room? These experts say you can.

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Michelle Goodman, author of the "Anti 9-5 Guide" and "My So-Called Freelance Life" is already convinced that there's a life outside the grind, but it's not easy. Goodman says you have to take as much care of what's in your fridge (in the land of self-reliance, don't waste food!) as what's on your resume. And if you're not quite ready to flee the office, then make the most of the years before you take the plunge-for a start, get to work half an hour early and scare the pants off your sleepier colleagues.
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