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The Self-Employment Survival GuideThe Self-Employment Survival Guide: Proven Strategies to Succeed as Your Own Boss alerts you to the challenges involved in being your own boss and provides proven strategies for surmounting these obstacles to achieve success. You’ll also learn what you need to put in place before taking the leap to being your own boss to help assure your success. 

Self-employment offers great personal freedoms and rewards, but the road can curve or travel uphill at times. This book has proven solutions for obstacles that inevitably will cross your path, including unreasonable client demands, slow payers, unexpected client defections, hectic daily schedules, health and financial planning, and isolation that can accompany working on your own. 

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The Self-Employment Survival Guide:

  • Provides an honest, comprehensive picture of the day-to-day joys and challenges of being your own boss.
  • Details proven coping strategies for common problems that arise when you’re self-employed. By knowing about these issues in advance, you can learn how to avoid some perils from occurring in the first place as well as what to do for those that are unavoidable..
  • Is based on almost 30 years of self-employment experience as well as ideas from seven colleagues and friends who all have been self-employed for several decades.
  • Helps you decide if you’re cut out to be your own boss and guides you on the plans you should put in place before making this leap.
  • Discusses eight common behaviors and attitudes that impede success at self-employment.

Unlike most books on self-employment, this one takes off the rose-colored glasses, and tells it like it is – the good, the unfortunate, and the ugly – all for the purpose of helping you achieve long-term success as your own boss.

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Media Appearances

“On the Mark,” a discussion with Mark G. Auerbach about being self-employed during the pandemic.  (Interview begins at 36:08.) December 30, 2020


“How Are We Doing?” with Mark G. Auerbach on WSBK Community Radio – April 29, segment begins at 18:50.


5 Big Lessons I Wish I’d Learned Before I Became Self-Employed, written for UpJourney, December 5, 2019


5 Critical Ways to Keep Clients Happy When You’re Self-Employed, written for UpJourney, November 8, 2019


7 Reasons People Struggle to Succeed at Self-Employment, written for, September 25, 2019


8 Skills That Are Essential to Self-Employment Success, written for, August 18, 2019


7 Significant Benefits of Being Self-Employedwritten for UpJourney’s blog, July 20, 2019.


How to make sure you get paid as a freelancer, written for UpJourney’s blog, June 12, 2019


How to monetize your knowledge and expertise, written for UpJourney’s blog, May 24, 2019


A book review from down under. Published on the vitaminsea blog in March 2019


How to Use Alliances to Grow Your Business, written for UpJourney’s blog – May 1, 2019


Pricing Your Services as a Freelancer: Getting It Right, written for UpJourney’s blog – March 11, 2019


How to become a ghostwriter, written for UpJourney’s blog – February 11, 2019


Contribution to UpJourney’s blog post on “Why Done Is Better Than Perfect, Dec. 21, 2018


Raising Your Freelance Rates in 2019? Here’s How to Do It Right, written for the blog – Nov. 7, 2018


How to Use Alliances to Grow Your Freelance Business, written for the blog – October 25, 2018


“The Thrills (and Chills) of Self-Employment” webinar done with Young People For (YP4) – Sept. 26, 2018


“Pricing Your Services: Getting It Right,” webinar for Career Pivot – Sept. 19, 2018


Post on the Freelance Mindset, written for the blog at – August 28, 2018


Post on 4 behaviors that can slow your freelancing success, written for the blog at and.coAugust 20, 2018


Self-employment: Making It Work for You – August 11, 2018

Jeanne Yocum discusses how to succeed at being your own boss with radio host Yvonne F. Brown.


Post on putting too many eggs in one client basket, written for the blog at – August 7, 2018


Career Pivot podcast – July 30, 2018

Marc Miller and Jeanne Yocum discuss the mindset required to succeed as your own boss, among other topics.


Guest post on Marc Miller’s blog at Career Pivot – July 23, 2018

Click above to read my post on “The Self-Employment Mindset: What You Need to Succeed


Guest appearance on Kevin Short’s “Think Outrageous” radio show – July 12, 2018


Webinar conducted for the Boston University Alumni Association on June 26, 2018

Tune in for Jeanne Yocum’s webinar, “The Thrills (and Chills) of Self-Employment


The Self-Employment Survival Guide was reviewed by Small Biz Daily on June 21, 2018.

Read what journalist and small business expert Rieva Lesonsky has to say about the book.


The Writers’ Group – Pioneer Valley Radio, June 21, 2018

Bernadette Duncan interviews Jeanne Yocum about the self-employment mindset and what problems newbies run into when first entering self-employment.


The Western Mass Business Show – WHMP – June 9, 2018

Ira Bryck of the Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley interviews Jeanne Yocum about what self-employment is really like.


Thom Fox’s The Engine radio broadcast – June 7, 2018

In this interview with Thom Fox, Jeanne shares key behaviors that impede success and provides solutions for the obstacles that might cross your path, including unreasonable clients, slow payers, time management, health and financial planning, and the feelings of isolation that can sometimes accompany working on your own.


Living Freelance podcast on the freelance mentality – April 16, 2018

Randy Streu interviews Jeanne Yocum about the mental qualifies that will help you succeed as your own boss, among other topics.



Clients from Hell podcast, April 10, 2018

Kyle Carpenter interviews Jeanne Yocum about how to cope with the challenges of being self-employed, including how to deal with problem clients.



Community Radio, Arts Beat Radio, March 21, 2018



Community Radio, Westfield News Show, March 15, 2018


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