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Never Get a "Real" Job: How to Dump Your Boss, Build a Business and Not Go Broke Hardcover – December 7, 2010
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A lot of business books hold your hand, make you feel good, and are set to convince you that your passion and "unique" business idea are enough to plow through your competition, garner new leads, and make millions just because you can write a business plan that says so.
This is not that kind of book.
A twenty-something hustler, rainmaker, and bootstrapper who has survived and thrived despite never having held the proverbial "real" job, Scott Gerber is the ultimate "Generation Y-er." He's a self-taught serial entrepreneur who built several successful businesses without storied business connections, a business school background, executive trainingor investment dollars. And in Never Get a "Real" Job, he shows you how he succeeded so you can overcome today's chronic conditions of mass unemployment, underemployment, and dead-end 9-to-5s.
Gerber gives you the no-bull reality on turning your business idea into a viable enterprise capable of generating real income nowbased on his hard-knocks lessons learned in the entrepreneurial trenches. From the perils of doing too much too fast, to bogging down a promising start-up with infrastructure long before it's needed, Gerber has experienced firsthand how you can sabotage your own business. Never Get a "Real" Job will help you avoid the costly mistakes that can take down your enterprise at any time, helping you to get off the ground, establish your business, and keep it successfully up and running.
But Gerber isn't just giving you a collection of war stories. He gives you insights from a fellow young entrepreneur on how to start from absolutely nothingbuilding a viable business model from the ground up. Along with straight-shooting advice on creating contacts and cultivating clients, he offers practical, affordable, step-by-step instructions on how to constantly analyze, refine, and target your business offeringswhile minimizing wasted time and keeping you on track.
With vast resources like online tools, Web sites, checklists, and hard coaching, as well as thousands of dollars worth of connections to free and discounted small business services, Never Get a "Real" Job takes you off the unrewarding resume and cover letter cycle, while putting you on the road toward becoming a self-sufficient business owner, and creating a life that gives you a real shot at the success you deserve.
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Praise for Never Get A "Real" Job
"Practical. Irreverent. Insightful. If you read just one book this year about becoming an entrepreneur, make sure it's Never Get a 'Real' Job."
Anita Campbell, founder, Smallbiztrends.com
"With the economic spiral of 2009, our world of work was blown up, and with it, traditional frameworks for career success. Thank god we have Scott Gerber, a member of the next generation, telling the truth about what it takes to succeed in the coming decades. Gen Y, and parents of Gen Y, you will put your livelihoods at risk if you don't read this book. Buy it."
Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur
"Economic turmoil has made it more difficult than ever for Gen Y to have a breakout entrepreneurial success story. However, thanks to Scott Gerber, there's hope. He breaks it down, tells it like it is, and kicks you in the pants with his no-nonsense guide to getting started and achieving real successnow."
Jeff Sloan, cofounder, StartupNation.com
"Scott is the Simon Cowell of young entrepreneurship."
Mike Michalowicz, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur
"Wow! If all Gen Y-ers were like Scott, we'd never have to worry about our kids moving back into the basement after college. As filled with no-nonsense, practical, yet unpredictable advice as it is serious attitude, Never Get a 'Real' Job is a must-read for all aspiring entrepreneurs. No coddling herejust the straight-up truth from a very savvy guy who's been there and done that."
Donna Fenn, author of Upstarts!: How GenY Entrepreneurs Are Rocking the World of Business and 8 Ways You Can Profit from Their Success
"Scott doesn't give the sugar-coated advice that wannabe entrepreneurs like to hear. He gives the blunt guidance that real entrepreneurs can actually put to use."
Andrew Warner, founder, Mixergy
"Never Get a 'Real' Job will help any readereven those without start-up finances or previous entrepreneurial experiencequit their quest for 9-to-5s and become self-sufficient small business owners."
Steve Mariotti, founder, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
"Never Get a 'Real' Job is a straightforward, funny, and insightful book for young entrepreneurs looking to make a name for themselves."
Dan Schawbel, author of Me 2.0, and Managing Partner of Millennial Branding, LLC
More About the Author
He's been widely recognized as the world's most-syndicated columnist on the subject of entrepreneurship. His columns appear regularly on TIME, Inc., MSN, CNBC, CNN, Mashable, The Next Web, and The Huffington Post. Scott is also a regular contributor on MSNBC, Fox Business and CNN.
Scott is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council, a non-profit organization that promotes entrepreneurship as a solution to youth unemployment and under-employment, and co-founder of Gen Y Capital Partners, an early-stage investment company. He has been a featured speaker at the White House and has rung the NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell. In 2011, he was named one of Mashable's "4 Young Social Good Entrepreneurs to Watch. In 2012, he was named a "generation Y employment champion" by Fortune Magazine.
He has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, TIME, CNN, Reuters, Mashable, CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, MSNBC, US News & World Report, Fox News, Inc. and Entrepreneur.
About The Young Entrepreneur Council
Described as "America's most elite entrepreneur organization" by Forbes, The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), founded by Gerber in 2010, is a nonprofit advocacy group with the mission of fighting youth unemployment and underemployment by helping young people build successful businesses and offering alternatives to traditional career paths. The organization has several hundred members, all successful entrepreneurs and business owners, ages 17-40 - a group that includes the founders and leaders of Living Social, Airbnb, Reddit, College Hunks Hauling Junk, Modcloth, Mint.com, myYearbook, Thrillist, Yodle, iContact, 2tor, Threadless, Grasshopper, Likeable, Hootsuite, Kissmetrics and Blip.tv.The YEC provides its members with access to tools, mentorship, and resources that support each stage of a business's development and growth. In 2012, Forbes named the YEC "America's Most Elite Entrepreneur Organization.
Top Customer Reviews
I'M CALLING SHENANIGANS!...
I thought to myself, How could such a terrible book be rated so highly?
So I read through all the positive reviews (and welcome you to do the same).
Funny thing, they all sounded the same! Very vague, slightly hyped, and in the same writing style. In fact, some of them are the same, just copy and paste jobs. Contrast that to the few negative reviews (I'm guessing not many people actually read this book) which sounded very genuine, like they had actually read the book.
Some better alternatives:
For a book that actually delivers on this books title, I would suggest 'The 4-hour workweek'(Timothy Ferris)
If you're seriously thinking about starting your own business, read 'The E-Myth Revisited' (Michael Gerber)
If you have a business and want to increase sales, read 'Instant Cashflow' (Bradley Sugars)
These books actually earned their ratings the old-fashioned way... by being great books (unique and insightful).
Sure, I sort of bought into the first one or two chapters, as it reflected some of my own feelings and frustrations in my post-graduate life. But when he got into the actual nuts and bolts of his business approach, I found his attitude really off-putting, along with the constant references to MTV and other "culturally relevant" things that have apparently "warped" the thinking of my generation (seriously, even in the 90s MTV was hardly relevant anymore, dude).
I kept finding not only contradictions in his advice (you should be sincere and not put on airs, but you should also use "we" even if your enterprise is composed of entirely yourself, wha?), but also things that weren't that different from (and in many ways worse than) other entrepreneurial advice I've found on the internet (please check out some of the older entries in Lifehacker on the subject -- much more illuminating and less bitter and caustic). In addition, some of his approaches even made me feel really slimy or not at all useful for my own goals, and the book ends... with coupons. Yes, coupons, which he has so generously given to you, to "help" you toward your dreams! Keep it classy, Gerber :P.
Being a millenial, I was hoping he would have talked about more approaches specific to the internet, instead of the largely IRL stuff that has been covered better in other material. He seemed to only touch on the usual web services that can make cheapo-looking logos and websites that devalue the other hard-working professionals out there.Read more ›
I plowed through the first half but grew tired of Gerber's "get tough" attitude/lecturing. Gerber is not quite bloviating but his voice is pretty close. Luckily the second half of the book is much better. It's filled with useful lists of resources that you can probably find on Google using the right search terms* -- but it's nice to have them collected in one place.
This book is probably great for someone who just graduated from college and doesn't have a job. Although, if you've got a very limited budget, I might recommend The Zen of Social Media Marketing and -- perhaps -- Smarter, Faster, Cheaper: Non-Boring, Fluff-Free Strategies for Marketing and Promoting Your Business (another Shankman recommendation) as better choices for your buck. I can't fully recommend the latter, however, until I have finished reading it, Keep your eyes posted for the review....
*I only added the remark about Google because Gerber always stresses that you shouldn't pay for something that you can find on Google for free.
1. "Don't Waste time on a Business Plan" - this is one of the author's biggest points, and yet one of the most inaccurate. It is true that business plans are often thought as the "holy grail" of starting a business. However, the value of a business plan IS NOT THE PLAN ITSELF (in many cases). The value of such a compilation is the PROCESS of it. It enforces the members to learn their field, industry, and landscape and critically analyze their situation. Having such knowledge allows for start-ups to make quicker and more accurate decisions.
And now for the grand slammer that shows the author has very little awareness of his own actions...In the book he touts that one should make your business plan no more than a paragraph. However, what Mr. Gerber overlooks is that all of the "time he wasted on making a business plan," provided him with the knowledge and edge to get his business off the ground. The only reason his "paragraph plan" worked for him, is because he had already created a full business plan and extracted the value of the process.
2. "Shoestrapping" - Mr. Gerber's take on outsourcing is useful...BUT, it's a straight up rip-off of "The 4-hour Work Week." These chapters seem like he just read "The 4-Hour Work Week" and re-typed it in his own words.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you want to get insulted by an arrogant s.o.b. then this is the book for you. I didn't make it past the first few chapters because they all had the same offensively written... Read morePublished 8 months ago by musicman
Great book, I love Scott Gerber's style of writing. He's very blunt and doesn't beat around the bush when it comes to explaining the hardships of being an entrepreneur.Published 17 months ago by Lucas W.
Wow. I listened to the foreword and Chapters 1 and 2, and that will be it. I was excited to listen to this book, but disappointing is an understatement. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Claudia
I wish I could have picked this up about ten years ago. It was an easy read, different approach from what I expected. It will make a great graduation gift.Published 21 months ago by Sherry M Williams
This was purchased for someone else who had borrowed it from the library and wanted their own copy. Book was in good condition.Published on January 13, 2014 by Susan P
So here is the thing. If you're looking for a nice pick me up book that will tell you how awesome you are and how easy it is to make money off of your idea. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Osiris Estrada
This book is absolutely toxic. It is a non stop rant that talks about how stupid everyone is and how he makes six figures blah blah blah. Please save yourself from this book. Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by Kyle Lortscher
It seems like the book is written for a very specific target audience, one that already has a business idea, but a bad one, that needs to be brought down to earth. Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by M. F. Buettner
The book contains really no content that isn't already available. It attempts to motivate you by putting you down, which I've always found to be a poor tactic. Read morePublished on November 1, 2013 by W. Condley II