Start your own resume business!

Instructions for starting your resume business are below the book information.


Simply the best Résumé book available

Only $2.99 as an Amazon Kindle or Barnes and Noble Nook download. (Both Nook and Kindle are available free for your computer as a download. You do not need a special reader. You can even download a free sample of the book!)

Amazon Kindle Version

nook version of resume bookSell Yourself On Paper NOOK Version click here.

* Shows you how your attitude can affect your job hunt.

* Teaches you what the best job finding attitude is.

* Shows you how to get that attitude in your résumé and cover letter.

* Shows you how to put that résumé and cover letter together in the fastest possible time.

* Shows you how to blow away the competiton in the job market.

If you have been looking for a job and your résumé has not been getting you interviews you need this book!

Sell Yourself On Paper

When your résumé appears on an employer’s desk you may have as little
as 10 seconds to make an impression before that employer moves on to
the next résumé.

Employers will never be impressed with YOUR NEEDS. They will not be impressed if you make them WORK to see if YOU MIGHT FIT IN.

It cannot matter to a practical businessman that you would "enjoy" the work or that you are a "nice" person who needs a job.

This book tells you the secrets of how to put together a résumé and
cover-letter combination that will sell you on paper.  Rather than
just showing a number of formats you can copy, this book
teaches you what the best job finding attitude is and shows you how to put that attitude to work in a résumé that will blow
away the competition.

If you want to create a résumé that will sell you, this is the book
for you. This is not a 585 page tome that will earn you a master’s
degree in résumé writing.  This is a fast paced, self-teaching guide
that will get your creative juices flowing and have you getting
interviews in no time.

Most people do not have enough résumé writing experience,
because they can’t afford to change jobs often enough, to really
learn résumé writing on their own. The author created professional résumés with the guarantee to his clients that if the résumé did not work he would do it over for free.  No one ever came back and every client he did hear from had found the job
they wanted.

These are the secrets he used presented in an easy to follow
guide to putting together your own successful
résumé /cover-letter combination.

<-Also available in paperback.

Are you a good writer?

Are you good with people?

Why not start your own resume business?

"Make money writing résumés"

Writing résumés for others is a good job for anyone with writing and editing skills. It can help make ends meet, or even be an extremely lucrative in some locations. And you as a résumé writer for others could earn from $35 to $150 and up for one professional résumé.

My own is the only book on résumé writing you’ll need for your business. The original version was actually written for other professional résumé writers rather than consumers. It was converted for consumers, but the advice in it is still perfect for the would-be résumé writing professional. Everything I learned about writing professional résumés is in the book. (The only thing missing is some business set up advice which you’ll find info about below.) You will be able to give the advice in this book to your customers just as I did.

What I did was simply explain to each client that came into the back hallway of my house I used for an office, the philosophy of what makes the best job finding attitude. I used the same questionnaire included in the book to obtain client information. Once I had the information on the form I interviewed them, with the principles described in the book in mind, to find out how to best sell them and their skills. I then, using the information I’d gathered on the form and from my interview, put together a résumé based on the principals of selling a job applicant as described in the book. It only took a few hours and I was usually able to present the finished résumé to my client the next day. On the day the client came back I would go over the résumé and cover letter I wrote with the client. I would ask the client to check spelling and his personal information to make sure it was correct. If corrections were needed I would make them, otherwise I would present them with the résumé and a bill which was paid on then and there.

Computers and Printers
When I started there were no computers and easy corrections. I did a master copy on a typewriter and if there were corrections to be made I had to redo the résumé and have the client come back. Now, you could easily make corrections on your computer and have a corrected copy in a manner of minutes. I have two computers I use now. I use my for most of my writing (and it is great on the internet) and my for internet and movie making. The cost of the acer is low enough that most of you can at least afford that. It’s a great computer. For handing résumés and bills to clients it’s best to have a laser printer. Monochrome laser printers like are not much more expensive than comparable ink-jet printers. And the quality is usually much more consistent and impressive. Since the computer and printer are your main investments this means that you can usually set up a résumé business in your home for as little as $500.

Providing Digital Copies
If you can burn CDs, it might be a very good idea to burn a CD to give a client with the résumé on it. Or use any other medium that is convenient, an SD card , flash drive , whatever. There is no reason why you can’t email the résumé to your client so he or she will have the résumé (and cover letter if you provide one) immediately. If you have a computer like the smallest Acer without a burner an external DVD burner will not be too expensive. LaCie has CDs that are printable with a the burner itself so you can make professional looking CDs with the client’s name on them.

To get started you need to check out local regulations. Your chamber of commerce might be of help. Your bank may also be of some help. (You don’t need to join the chamber of commerce until you are well underway in your business.) The things to find out are:

1) Do you need a business license in your state or community?
a. When I started in Wisconsin I had a sales tax number.
b. I didn’t use a business sign so didn’t need a business license. This was also true in Montana where I didn’t need to collect sales tax.
c. If you only work online you may not need a license.
d. When I worked in Montana there was a minimum income level before a license was needed. Check!
2) Do you need to collect sales tax?
3) Do you need to post a fictitious name notice. In many places if you use a name other than your real name you need to make public this intention.
4) Do you need a business bank account at your bank? If you have checks made out to your name rather than a business name you may not need a commercial account.

An excellent book on setting up your own business is . You won’t need everything in the book. Business plans are helpful but if you have your computer and printer you won’t be needing it for a bank loan. In fact, your main concerns will be the sales tax and business license requirements mentioned above.

The next question is how much should you charge. If there are other résumé providers in your community find out how much they charge. If you do have competition you can make your prices competitive, but that is not always productive. You might find it more lucrative to charge the same as your competition.
What you need to do is charge enough to make a profit after your expenses. If you work out of your home these can be minimal. But don’t charge too little. I would suggest $35 for a one page résumé is a minimum with at least $15 a page for additional pages.

Back when I started newspaper ads were the only option. Nowadays there are online venues like Craig’s list and Google. I still like newspapers for local clientele. I would suggest you try both Craig’s list and newspaper ads.
And if there are places around town, like grocery store bulletin boards you can try those too. And do ask potential clients who call how they heard about you. ;

When a client arrives you will have to interview them. The questionnaire at the back of the book will be helpful but you’ll have to get much of the information by asking questions. If you need help on interviewing try reading . I was actually in a journalism major in college when I started writing résumés. So I knew a bit about interviewing. The book mentioned above is not journalism oriented. If you are also interested in being a non-fiction writer and want to learn more about interviewing for magazines I recommend .

Basically interviews for resume writing are fairly simply. Your job is to find out what skills and talents your client has to offer a prospective employer. But before you do that make sure you explain your fees and schedule to the client if you haven’t already done so when the client first called. Always tell the client that your fee is due in full when the résumé is delivered. I, personally, wouldn’t extend credit to clients to say let them pay after they get jobs. Usually, people who are out of work end up with a lot more important bills to catch up on than yours. You might end up waiting a long time. If you think you might be uncomfortable interviewing clients in person or would like to present interview advice to clients check out .

I told every client that if their résumé did not get them a job I would do it over. I never had to. But it is a good idea to give every client that guarantee when they call.

I recommend for style and usage questions. There will always be questions about how to use certain terms. The key is to be consistent.

When I started writing résumés I did not have a large wardrobe. If you are in a big city and plan on renting an office instead of operating out of your home, how you dress might be important. But I actually wrote an article about a home résumé business which was published by THE MOTHER EARTH NEWS in one of their publications and in it I see I was wearing Oshkosh-by-Gosh bib overalls as I interviewed a client. What you need to wear will depend on where you are and what your client’s expectations are. I did résumés for everyone from factory workers to corporate executives and never had to dress up.

I started my business, many years ago, with nothing but my typewriter and an ad in the paper. Today you'll need a computer and printer but it can be almost as simple. Check out your local regulations and just place an ad. Writing résumés was both profitable and rewarding for me. It was profitable because I made much needed money. And it was rewarding because every so often a very happy client would contact me to tell me about the terrific job I helped them get.