February 26, 2015
Barbara Winter's Joyfully Jobless News
The self-owned and -operated business is the freest life in the world.  
~ Paul Hawken
In This Issue
Postcard from Barbara
Putting Yourself in the Room
Joyfully Jobless in Denver? Seattle? Sacramento?



Back in the olden days (i.e. the 20th Century), many of us were handed a Life Map that told us to follow a fairly predictable route. Go to school, get a job, start a family, don't embarrass your family. 


So when I began offering my Making a Living Without a Job seminars, I did not foresee a long life span for the program-even though people were coming in droves right from the start. 


When I'd open the class by asking, "How many of you came here tonight without telling anyone where you were going?" almost every hand in the room shot up. 


The skeptics were everywhere, of course. I recall meeting people who seemed incredulous. "You don't actually do this yourself, do you?" they scoffed. 


Now in 2015, self-employment doesn't seem radical at all. This Quiet Revolution has been pioneered by folks making their own declarations of independence-and their numbers keep growing. They may have begun by doing it for themselves, but along the way they've inspired others. 


These explorers have made a difference for all of us. As Richard Branson pointed out, "The world is a massively more hospitable place for entrepreneurs than it was twenty years ago."


Viva la Revolution!

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Buon Viaggio Blog
The theme this month is
Postcards from Barbara
Upcoming Events

Denver, CO

March 6 & 7


Seattle, WA
March 20 & 21

Sacramento, CA

March 27 & 28


Las Vegas, NV

April 10 & 11



Like millions of people, I tuned in for the Beatles Tribute on CBS last year. It was a lovely evening, but it wasn't anything like my evening attending a Paul McCartney concert several years ago. That evening was magical from beginning to end.


You probably have memories like that, too, when you found yourself in the same room with someone you'd admired from afar. That is not an experience that can be duplicated by technology.


As much as I appreciate the gifts of technology, I often wonder if we're forgetting how powerful it is to have real contact.


Back in the nineties, the independent adult ed movement began to take off all around the country. The timing was perfect for me as I was beginning to teach my seminars on creative self-employment.


These programs filled a real gap, making it possible for busy adults to spend a few hours-rather than committing every Tuesday night for six weeks-gaining some useful information and ideas.


I loved the programs because most of them were small businesses run by a tiny staff that usually included the owner. I also loved the people these programs attracted-curious lifelong learners who were equally excited to have this option to explore new ideas.


Sadly, these programs began to disappear. Sometimes the overhead was too high for the income being generated. A few owners tried to cut their costs by moving their catalogs online, instead of spending thousands on the print catalogs.


That didn't work very well, either, and I think I know why. Catalogs are for browsing and often deliver unexpected prizes. Hmmm...making a living without a job? Wonder what that's about. Think I'll sign up and check it out.


With online catalogs, you pretty much need to know what you're looking for in advance.


But that's not the only reason I feel sad that these programs didn't survive. We lost something really valuable, something that happens when we make the effort to put ourselves in a room with others exploring the same subject.


There's another dimension added to our learning when it's gotten person-to-person. We might even make a new friend, have an insight, get a question answered that only happens through personal connection.


Or as C.S. Lewis so eloquently  pointed out, "Good things as well as bad are caught by a kind of infection. If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire; if you want to get wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, peace eternal life, you must get close to, or  even into   the thing that has them....They are a great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very center of reality.  If you are close to it, the spray will wet you; if you are not, you will remain dry."



March is a busy time as I'll be on the road again sharing ideas, information and inspiration on the Joyfully Jobless Journey. In all three upcoming locations, I'll be teaching:


Establish Yourself as an Expert--learn how to take your place in the Information/Idea Ages by creating visibility for your self


Making a Living Without a Job--whether you've got an idea or are still looking for one, this is the place to gather power tools for building the life of your dreams


I Hate Marketing--you may not love marketing after this seminar, but you'll have dozens of ways to make it a pleasantly creative activity


I realized I've been on the right track for years without having the right support or encouragement. It's time for me to becoming productive without returning to a 9-5

environment. ~ Carole Crew, 


You can register by clicking on the appropriate link below.


Denver, March 6 & 7, Colorado Free University 


Seattle, March 20 & 21, Joyfully Jobless Weekend


Sacramento, March 27 & 28, Learning Exchange

Buon Viaggio,


Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter 


P.S. On occasion, I may receive a commission or compensation when you participate or purchase a product or service I recommend. That being said, I strive to always offer useful content and resources in each issue of Joyfully Jobless News.