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Escape From Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur Paperback – Bargain Price, April 6, 2010
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In 2005, she started the Escape from Cubicle Nation blog, which is now one of the top career and business blogs on the web. In the last 8 years, she helped hundreds of entrepreneurs to start successful businesses.
Pam's first book Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur was released in Spring, 2009 and won Best Small Business/Entrepreneur Book of 2009 by 800 CEO Read. Her new book, Body of Work, gives a fresh perspective on the skills required in the new world of work for people in all work modes, from corporate to non-profit to small business.
Top Customer Reviews
Part 1. Operating up the opportunities (1-4)
Part 2 The reality of entrepreneurship (5-11)
Part 3. Make the money work (12-13)
Part 4. Making the leap (14-16)
1. I have a fancy title, steady paycheck, & good benefits. Why am I so miserable?
2. If it is so bad, then why am I so afraid to leave?
3. Detox from corporate life
4. What's really involved in moving from employee to entrepreneur?
5. What are all the ways to be self-employed?
6. How do I choose a good business idea?
7. Recruit your tribe
8. Rethink your life: Options for scaling back, downshifting, & relocating
9. Do I really have to do a business plan?
10. Define the spirit of your brand
11. Test often & fail fast: The art of prototypes & samples
12. Look your finances in the eye
13. How to shop for benefits
14. Dealing with your friends & family
15. Line your ducks in a row
16. When is it time to leave?
I would have liked Chapter 9 more if the author had said unconditionally "Yes!" But she hedged her bets on both sides of the fence and did an adequate job explaining herself. I honestly cannot say I disagree with what she says in the chapter.
In my humble opinion this is one of the best, if not the best, career book I've read on how to realistically approach and tackle the important life event of quitting your job and starting a business of your own. 5 stars!
Slim has studied with Martha Beck and the first part of the book reminded me of Beck's own book, Finding Your Own North Star. The chapter on "Reality of Entrepreneurship" was excellent. I like the refreshing way Slim is not afraid to criticize icons, such as those who say "follow your passion" as well as the whole MLM scene. It's about time someone said those things in a business book.
I also liked the section on telling friends and family. I'm not an expert on families so I can't evaluate the suggested discussion scripts. I'd like to see even more emphasis on the challenges of losing a familiar support group and dealing with the in-between time before another one shows up.
Slim rightly emphasizes the need to sock away six months of living expenses (I'd say two years). Her specific money-saving tips are excellent.
(1) Slim acknowledges that she spends 90% of her time with clients discussing choosing a market. In my experience, successful entrepreneurs have a gift for finding the sweet spot where what a market wants meets what they can offer. I'd have liked to see far more emphasis on market and marketing. The section on prototypes is very good but doesn't go far enough, especially with the sub-head of finding a niche.
(2) I don't know any successful people who will serve as mentors without charging. You have to be prepared to pay. One of my own clients wanted a mentor for a retail business.Read more ›
1) The book is a constant barrage of name dropping and case studies from other authors. It's almost like she let everyone else write her book for her.
2) This book is probably more helpful for becoming a consultant than anything else. I don't necessarily consider consultants entrepreneurs. They're more like contractors.
3) There are other books that did it better, before this one, and were referenced by this one. Specifically:
The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content.
Also, to a lesser degree:
Ready, Fire, Aim: Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat (Agora Series)
4) The organization and writing make for a slow, sometimes agonizing read. She could stand to make her writing more concise and topical headings more relevant. Her rhetorical dialog and pointless examples detract from the poignant ideas and helpful case studies.
I did not find this book motivational, but instead a boring rehash of basic concepts and personal life considerations.
Bottom line, there are better entrepreneurship books (see above). If you're getting into consulting, this may be marginally helpful.
She covers it all - coming up with a good business idea, recruiting help and support, defining your brand, getting your finances in order, doing the dreaded marketing plan, and actually starting a business.
Throughout, the author somehow manages to be both encouraging and hard-headed, always urging the reader to take small steps to make their plans real and to try things out in a small way before committing to the big jumps. As an advocate of pilot projects and prototyping, I find her advice to be both reasonable and inspiring - and she has a delightful sense of humor too!
In addition to her very useful advice, the author provides the reader with many good related resources. Highly recommended for the budding entrepreneur!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book completely inspired me as I was making my decision to start my consulting company. I especially loved the chapter on fear and mental blocks. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A bit to shallow, decent but there are bettter books from ex. C.GuillebeauPublished 9 months ago by Anders Lindback
I wouldn't say I loved the book. Seen a lot of the information in other places. Still a solid read. Some of the sections were mind numbing to me and really lost my interest.Published 14 months ago by Lekan Nicholson
Good for complete beginners. For not so beginners i'd recommend 'the millionaire fastlane'.Published 15 months ago by Vinoth
I don't understand why this book is getting so many positive reviews and consider it a complete waste of my time. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Elena Zamurueva
The description of life the village is accurate. Have to plot a careful path out to the new life of freedom.Published on January 9, 2014 by maxine Wilson
Inspiring book! I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Slim doesn't pull any punches about the good, bad and ugly of making that leap of faith from a "secure job" to making it... Read morePublished on November 7, 2013 by Burl J. Walker Jr.