Barbara J Winter is a pioneering self-employment advocate, writer and teacher who has spent the last twenty-five years pondering the question, “Why aren’t we all self-employed?”

Helping others discover the Joyfully Jobless life is her favorite occupation.  To readers of Winning Ways newsletter, the longest-running self-employment publication of its kind, she is editor/publisher.

Readers of Making a Living Without a Job, a book that’s been in print since 1993, know her as the author. Participants in Barbara’s seminar of the same name, along with others including Establish Yourself as an Expert and How to Support Your Wanderlust, know her as a passionate teacher.

Followers on Twitter know her as @joblessmuse. To Zoe, Zach and Noah, she’s Grandma Vegas.

She leads retreats that include Compelling Storytelling and Follow Through Camp to help small business owners bring creative thinking and fresh ideas into their work. She is convinced that small is still beautiful and loves working with one-person enterprises.

Barbara is also an intrepid world traveler and curious lifelong learner. When she isn’t out exploring the world, she can be found blogging at, connecting with other entrepreneurs on Twitter and Facebook or reading a really good book.

© 2020 Joyfully Jobless Weekends with Barbara Winter.