Freelancing, Hobby, and Small Business Pursuits

Have you been thinking about freelancing, setting up a hobby business, or establishing a small business?  Have you found an idea that might work for you?  Have you been searching through forums, books, articles, and googling bits and pieces of information on your business idea? How about taking a course to gain knowledge from accredited educators who have relevant business and work experiences in that field of business? Try browsing our library’s online learning resources for the ideas you have in mind.  Get to know tips, and comprehensive information gathered for learners like you. You will have access to the materials 24/7, be able to track your progress, with knowledgeable course instructors for guidance.  At the end of the course, you earn certificates for your work. Here then is a list of online courses — on freelancing types of work, hobby business ideas, and small business pursuits — to help you think about what you’re thinking about: For those who are thinking of freelancing to provide assistance or support services, check out these courses from Universal Class:  Virtual Assistant 101, General Receptionist, General Secretary 101, Administrative Assistant 101, and Concierge 101: How to Run a Personal Service Business.  There are also courses on Call Center Customer Service, Telephone Skills and Quality Customer Service, and How to Run an Effective Help Desk. For those who would like to monetize their writing skills, try Freelance Writing 101 from Universal Class.  Likewise, Gale Courses offers writing courses for different purposes, genres, and on the business of writing such as Introduction to Internet Writing Markets, Blogging and Podcasting for Beginners, How To Make Money From Your Writing, and Travel Writing.  (See more from our Keep On Learning blog post on Creative Writing.) Zooming in on consulting? Go for Universal Class’s Management Consultant 101, or for Gale Course’s Becoming a Grant Writing Consultant, or Starting a Consulting Practice.  If coaching appeals more to you, try Wellness Coaching, Lifecoaching 101, or Career Coaching from Universal Class. If events, parties, food, and drinks are what gets you more excited, there’s plenty to drink in from courses like Waiter and Waitress Training 101, Bartending and Mixology 101, Event Planning 101, Wedding Planning 101, and Party Planning 101, by Universal Class.  Similarly, Gale Courses prepares you for this line of work with courses like Secrets of the Caterer, Wow! What a Great Event!, and for those who would like to be on the ingredients supply side, Growing Plants for Fun and Profit.  (See cooking courses from our Keep On Learning blog post on Cookies, Pies & More.) For cute company lovers, try Babysitting 101, or Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Business 101 from Universal Class and Start a Pet Sitting Business from Gale Courses.  (More on pet care from our Keep On Learning blog post on Adorable Friends.) If your favorite thing is making crafts, Universal Class pegs these pursuits with How to Start a Craft Business, and Retail Business 101, while Gale Courses does it with Start Your Own Arts and Crafts Business, Start Your Own Gift Basket Business, and Learn to Buy and Sell on Ebay.  (See crafty ideas from our Keep On Learning blog post on Creative Bug.) If you’re interested in particular niches, Universal Class has Buying and Selling Antiques and Collectibles, How to eBay, and Landlord 101: Managing Rental Properties, among others, if you’d like to know more. Last but not the least, as this awareness is in everyone’s minds these days:  Starting Your Own Cleaning Business from Universal Class. We hope these courses can help you understand more about the lines of work that you’d like to get into, whether it’s for extra income, to get into full-time, temporarily or as a lifeline during these changing times.  (See more from our Keep On Learning blog post on Starting Your Business.) There’s sure to be plenty of other MOOCs and free resources out there.  You can add them to these lifelong learning resources and digital collections from the Livingston Public Library and you’ve got winning combinations to feed your mind, and spend your time and effort on!  You’ve got this!  You’ll get through!  Let’s just do our best and hang in there! Stay tuned for more business-related themes and resources via our Keep On Learning series. — Janea Agbayani, Technology Department Library Specialist For more information, visit: For other topics, themes, and resources suggested for lifelong learning pursuits, visit our blog under the tag:  Keep On Learning.

Popular Asian Cookbooks

Chinese Cooking Made Easy by Daniel Reid Discover how easy it is to create mouthwatering Chinese cuisine in your own kitchen with this easy-to-follow Chinese cookbook. Chinese cooking is easily made as most ingredients can be readily purchased from general food stores, supermarkets and even online ! Chinese Cooking Made Easy features a selection of 55 delicious Chinese dishes that are easy to prepare at home, and light and healthy too. Clear recipes, step-by-step photographs and a glossary of ingredients ensure fantastic results every time! Homestyle Chinese Cooking by Daniel Reid Home cooking is always a favorite, no matter where you are. With over 30 clear color photos, Homestyle Chinese Cooking has everything you need to create 35 easy, light, healthy, delicious, and authentic home cooked Chinese recipes. This Chinese cookbook contains authentic, homestyle recipes for appetizers, rice, noodles, soups, seafood, meat, poultry, and vegetables. Each recipe includes cook time, prep time, and serving sizes. Enjoy!   Maangchi’s Big Book of Korean Cooking From Everyday Meals to Celebration Cuisine by Maangchi Martha Rose Shulman The New York Times Best Cookbooks of Fall 2019 Eater Best Fall Cookbooks 2019 Bon Appetit’s “Fall Cookbooks We’ve Been Waiting All Summer For” Amazon’s Pick for Best Fall Cookbooks 2019 Forbes Finds 15 New Cookbooks for Fall 2019 The definitive book on Korean cuisine by “YouTube’s Korean Julia Child”* and the author of Maangchi’s Real Korean Cooking *New York Times Despite the huge popularity of Korean restaurants, there has been no comprehensive book on Korean cooking—until now. Maangchi’s Big Book of Korean Cooking is a wide, deep journey to the heart of a food-obsessed culture. The book contains the favorite dishes Maangchi has perfected over the years, from Korean barbecue and fried chicken to bulgogi and bibimbap. It explores topics not covered in other Korean cookbooks. Korean Home Cooking by Sohui Kim, Rachel Wharton In Korean Home Cooking, Sohui Kim shares the authentic Korean flavors found in the dishes at her restaurant and the recipes from her family. Sohui is well-regarded for her sense of sohnmat, a Korean phrase that roughly translates to ‘taste of the hand,’ or an ease and agility with making food taste delicious. With 100 recipes, Korean Home Cooking is a comprehensive look at Korean cuisine.   Cooking The Japanese Way by Reiko Weston Part of the Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks series *This title is part of the hoopla BONUS BORROWS COLLECTION! For a limited time, this is one of 1000+ titles you can borrow without using any of your monthly hoopla Borrows!* Employing only the freshest foods, Japanese cooks strive to show their deep respect for nature. By using principles of freshness, simplicity, and beauty, Japanese cooks prepare and serve food they consider art. Japanese Cooking Made Simple by Various Authors A Japanese Cookbook with Authentic Recipes for Ramen, Bento, Sushi & More Learn how to cook authentic Japanese food with this straightforward Japanese cookbook. Japanese Cooking Made Simple will help you create delicious, authentic Japanese meals at home.     Easy Indian Cooking by Hari Nayak 101 Fresh & Feisty Indian Recipes Easy Indian Cooking is a wonderful collection of easy and authentic Indian recipes anyone can make at home! The over 100 recipes found in Easy Indian Cooking have been modified to suit a modern lifestyle, and all of them can be prepared with ingredients available at any local supermarket or health food store. The preparation and cooking techniques have been simplified to save time without sacrificing any of the authentic Indian flavor. Indian Vegetarian Cooking by Devagi Sanmugam With its clear photography and easy to read recipes, Indian Vegetarian Cooking contains everything you need to create over 40 healthy and authentic Indian meals. This cookbook contains recipes for meat free meals from all over the diverse subcontinent. Featured within are recipes for curries, soups, snacks, rice, chutneys, masalas, and vegetables.     Easy Thai Cooking by Robert Danhi, Corinne Trang 75 Family-Style Dishes You Can Prepare in Minutes Cook delicious and beautiful Thai dishes with this easy-to-follow Thai cookbook. Thai cuisine has taken the world by storm. Its rich combinations of sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavors makes Thai dining a complete sensory pleasure. Many people think that Thai dishes are difficult to prepare, but James Beard nominee and CIA trained chef, Robert Danhi proves that isn’t so. Malaysian Cooking by Carol Selva Rajah A Master Cook Reveals Her Best Recipes Cook spicy and fragrant dishes with this innovative and easy-to-follow Malaysian Cookbook. Carol Selva Rajah, a well respected authority and dedicated educator in the field of Asian culinary culture, honors her childhood memories of sweet-smelling and fragrant kitchen aromas in her newest Asian cookbook, Malaysian Cooking, which also features a foreword by David Thompson, winner of the James Beard Award and IACP Finalist for Thai Food. Cooking The Vietnamese Way by Chi Nguyen, Judy Monroe Part of the Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks series *This title is part of the hoopla BONUS BORROWS COLLECTION! For a limited time, this is one of 1000+ titles you can borrow without using any of your monthly hoopla Borrows!* Vietnam’s warm climate allows for an abundance of rice, fresh fruits, and vegetables that are the mainstays of Vietnamese meals. Its seas yield the fish that produce the fish sauce that is a trademark of Vietnamese cooking. Discover the distinctive flavors of Vietnam and its dishes.   Singapore Cooking by Terry Tan, Christopher Tan Fabulous Recipes from Asia’s Food Capital An abiding Singaporean passion, food is a central part of life on this multicultural island quite simply because there’s so much of it that’s so good! Singapore Cooking, featuring a foreword by David Thompson, is a fabulous collection of beloved local classics, including the most extraordinary Chicken Rice and Chili Crab you will have ever eaten, as well as less common but equally delightful dishes, such as Ayam Tempra (Spicy Sweet-and-Sour Stir-Fried Chicken) and Nasi Ulam (Herbal Rice Salad). Indonesian Cooking by Dina Yuen Satays, Sambals And More Cook fresh and