James Chan


Succeeding independently-the 70 lessons of sane self-employment


ΕΚΔΟΤΗΣNicholas Brealey Publishing

Filled with real-life stories and real-world wisdom, Spare Room Tycoon offers a behind-the-scenes look at the unique and diverse lives of independents who are expressing their individuality through their own businesses.

All these voices of experience offer valuable perspective to anyone faced with the pressures and uncertainties of creating an independent career. Chan also provides SPARE, an original framework for tough-minded introspection. "You are your most important tool, your most valuable capital, your ultimate resource," he writes. "If you want your business to survive, you need to understand yourself."

In this friendly companion for anyone already living an independent life and for those who aspire to doing so, Chan draws on his own experience of nearly two decades as an independent and on the personal stories of dozens of other trailblazers to show how to take control of your life as well as your business. Spare Room Tycoon shows what it's really like by revealing how others deploy their talents, keep their sanity, and swim and prosper in the stormy seas of self-employment. No "how-to" balance sheets or business plans here. Only true life stories of how to find deliverance from office politics, the freedom to pursue a life's dream, and the secrets of what it takes to achieve personal satisfaction, autonomy, and a balance in work and in life.