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Ways For Women to Work Through the Recession

Ways For Women to Work Through the Recession

We have all heard the dos and don’ts from media outlets telling us what we should and shouldn’t be doing during the economic downturn.  One Seattle author is offering something a little different.  About a year ago Jill Keto, ex-Boeing engineer and business owner, sat down to pen a recession guide specifically for women called Don’t Get Caught with Your Skirt Down: A Practical Girl’s Recession Guide.

Since the economic crisis has come on fast these last few months Jill Keto knew she had to get her book published right away.  She also wanted to find an economic way to publish the guide that would go along with her theme of teaching women how to live economically.  She decided to self-publish her book through Amazon for a mere $40.  Since then her book has become very popular on the website and prompted Simon and Schuster to offer Keto a traditional book deal. 

Keto explained to her local news affiliate the reason she chose to write on this subject was because women are losing their jobs at a faster rate and have riskier mortgages compared to men.  Keto offers a variety of tips in her new book like how women can keep their jobs, create backup income, cut grocery bills in half, and look gorgeous without spending a fortune. 

The author also expands on four essential skills that can help women succeed during a recession.  The skills she discusses are:

?    Learn a new language to expand business and job opportunities. (Keto learned Mandarin)
?    Be able to fix things in order to save and make money.
?    Learn to negotiate.
?    Cultivate a strong mind.  Your attitude is the only thing you truly control.

What do you think of a recession guide targeted to women?

Does Jill Keto’s book sound like something you would read or give someone as a gift this year?
 

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  • kareanderson By kareanderson
    12.11.08  

    Also work closer, sell your expertise, use e-coupons, barter services, live well on less http://www.movingfrommetowe.com/2008/12/08/working-closer-in-a-collapsing-economy/ http://www.movingfrommetowe.com/2008/11/03/got-expertise-want-a-livelihood-sharing-it-with-others/

  • Indiamommy By Indiamommy
    12.20.08  

    I'm a single mother of three, who homeschools, and also works part time. Long before the economy crashed, I began looking at sustainable ways to live, and so now I am also thinking about bartering as a way to make ends meet. I would be interested in reading the book however, and I think all of the ideas she says she is covering in the book would be very meaningful to me.

  • thekrause6 By thekrause6
    12.23.08  

    As a mom of four whose husband has lost his job in the recession, this book sounds interesting to me. Right now all we have for debt is the house payment, and would love to be able to live on less.

  • jh0816 By jh0816
    12.27.08  

    I found a great blog about saving money, it is realwomenrealmoneyworkfromhome.blogspot.com - it is not offering a job or a scam or anything like that, nothing to buy - it is ways to cut the money you spend and ways to bring in extra money - the writer posts a different idea each day that has worked for her. There are also places on there to comment and email the writer. It is a really neat blog, I have been following it for a couple of months and it helped me pay for Christmas, and I work so I did not have time to do all of the ideas she has on there.

  • Cassiesul84 By Cassiesul84
    01.12.09  

    What a perfect time to read this book...This sounds awesome! It's unfortunate that so many people are hanging on by a thread lately, hopefully this book will do some good!

  • stpak03 By stpak03
    02.12.09  

    The basis of this book reminds me of a site that I use to help me track all my spending. It helps you to track all of your daily, monthly, yearly spending by inputting your various accounts, credit cards, loans, etc. It is password protected, free, and downloads and analyzes your spending and savings easily and updates whenever you refresh the page. It even allows you to set budgets for various monthly expenses and keeps track of your spending in those categories each month. Check it out! www.mint.com

  • AYoung By AYoung
    02.25.09  

    You would be AMAZED at what Dawn dishwashing liquid and boiling water can do for plumbing disasters! Don't skimp on Dawn, it can be used so many ways! Same with vinegar and baking soda. Don't forget your public library too. if they've got a story time for the kiddos, brush up on home-repair or gardening tips. I'm starting my first veggie garden this spring and can't WAIT! I hope this book has other good ideas and inspiration : )

  • msdecaf By msdecaf
    04.03.09  

    I am going to HAVE to get this book. It sounds wonderful. Right up my ally when money is sooo tight.

  • Litesugar By Litesugar
    05.19.09  

    I think that it is a great idea and how timely. Congratulations to her for thinking on her feet and out of the box. I would definitely read it if I saw it on the library shelves. The economy has it's hooks in me, I no longer spend money on books, cds, or movies. The library has become my main source of periodicals, music, etc.

  • COLLDAWN By COLLDAWN
    06.02.09  

    I want this book :)

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