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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2014
If you are thinking of starting a side gig to generate additional income this is a great resource. There are a ton of real life examples of people who have or are trying to start a side business doing something they love, some of which became their primary occupation, very inspiring!

More practically the book:
1) helped me think through my motivation for pursuing a side gig,
2) brainstorm ideas of things I am good at / interested in and people would pay for including ways to fit it into my already busy life / career
3) understand how to prepare and launch my idea including free resources to help me create, market and manage it
4) provided great information on utilizing social media as well as branding and pitching the side gig

The book also has a series of questionnaires and worksheets that are so useful when you start to take action. (e.g., a questionnaire to determine if you are ready, a worksheet to help you brainstorm ideas, another to create a plan, one to help with the pitch, another to help with the financial aspects, etc.).

Lastly, it has an AMAZING appendix of the top fifty side-gigs that includes a description, what type of person(s) each is best for, information and/or example(s) and resources for each.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2014
I just handed off my first Kim Palmer book "Generation Earn" to my recently graduated sister and now I'm happy to have this new book on my shelf. As someone who really took to heart her message of responsible and frugal financial management for young professionals, I find this specific look at entrepreneurship very enlightening. She mentioned before the benefit of diversifying your income with side-projects and now she really tells you how to get that going.

The Economy of You is smart. It encourages authentic careers that stem from what you love most. She even includes a Top 50 Master List to get your imagination going. The book is organized in chapters that share stories of how other people maintain gratifying side-gig, and the "Top Takeaways" for you, the reader. An example that really hit home for me is the issue of time management, and deciding how to balance job, family, and a new side-gig. Since Palmer is a financial expert, she tells you how to make the money work so you can gain financial freedom.

All in all... Palmer is your go-to-girl for tips on living in today's economic climate. If you were to supplement her fresh ideas with a basic financial planning book like Buy Low, Sell High, Collect Early and Pay Late: The Manager's Guide to Financial Survival you'll have a great understanding of down-to-earth money management. (RC)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2014
I enjoyed the Economy of You and found the dozens of well-researched "side-gig" creative and inspiring. This "moonlighting" economy is becoming more and more common, and for good reason. We don't have the job security of previous generations, and we're looking for ways to mitigate our downside risk. Financial advisors will tell you to make sure to diversify your investment holdings, but it's rare to hear one recommend getting a second job or starting a business to diversify your income stream.

Entrepreneurship is seen as a risky endeavor, but is it really any riskier than relying on ONE source of income to take care of all your expenses and needs of your family? Kim paints a diverse picture of the "side-gig" economy. It's a safer brand of entrepreneurship because -- by definition -- it's extra incremental income; you're not necessarily relying on it to put food on the table, but rather to build a little buffer cushion in case the whole day job thing doesn't work out.

This book isn't peddling any sort of get-rich-quick-schemes, but does share the stories of dozens of normal people making a real impact on their lives by running their own businesses in their spare time. It's sure to get your juices flowing on what kind of side-gig you could set up, or how to grow an existing biz idea into a bigger earner.

[Disclosure: I was given an advance copy for review.]
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2014
As someone who made the leap from corporate career to full-time writing I can appreciate the anxiety that goes into this decision. Kimberly's book is both inspiring and practical - not to mention well-timed as the entry point to being an entrepreneur has never been lower. I recommend The Economy of You to anyone who wants to do their own thing - and live well doing it!

Emily Bennington
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2014
First of all, let's talk about what this book ISN'T: this isn't a book on how to set up your company. It isn't a book on how to create your product or improve your operation. If you're an entrepreneur now, in fact, you may want to skip this book altogether.

This book is for the person who's worried about their economic future working for someone else. What I liked was that I found over 100 different interviews with people who've made the jump to entrepreneurship. We read why they made the jump, their struggles and their success stories.

I also like Palmer's discussion on how to mesh your new side-gig with your current job. If you do it right, your side gig should enhance your current position, not detract from it. Hopefully your side gig will help you learn new skills be remain relevant at work. If not, you'll have a parachute at the end of your rope.

The tips included with the book are fantastic for the person launching their business. How will you decide what to do? It's covered. How will you market your product? It's covered. How will you network with other pros? It's covered. How will you set up the business so that it has a firm footing? Again, it's covered.

If you're thinking about starting a side gig and are wondering how and where you should "jump in," The Economy of You is a great spot to start. I like this better than The E Myth for people wondering where to begin. I would recommend the E Myth over this book for people already with some side-gig experience and wondering why it isn't working as expected.

(disclosure: I was given a review copy of the book)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2014
I've read both of Palmer's books. She makes finance easy to understand.

In the Economy of You, she gives some really good food for thought on how to diversity your career—whether for added income or personal satisfaction. I've wanted to do some teaching on the side for years, for example, and this book gave me some great ideas for how to manage my time and resources to make it happen.

My favorite parts of the book were Palmer's personal stories about trying to launch a set of financial planners on Etsy and expand her public speaking gigs. It was refreshing to have a financial advisor be so candid about the ups and downs of her own career moves and finance decisions—it's hard to imagine someone like Suzy Orman being so honest, for example.

All in all, an insightful read with some great brainstorming ideas for anyone considering a side gig.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2014
Do you ever wish you could just give your 9-5 job and work for yourself? You may have skills that you don’t use on the job and yet they could possibly bring in a lucrative income. Perhaps you are especially gifted at writing, baking scrumptious desserts, making jewelry, or any number of things.
Ms. Palmer not only tells you what you can do to start this endeavor, she also tells you the pitfalls to avoid. You know the ones that many people fall into. Such as letting your first failure stop you from going on. Sometimes we must fail in order to win. What I mean by that is when we fail, we look at all angles of what we did wrong, as well as what we did right. We can then do things a little differently. For instance, you wouldn’t sink a good chunk of money into an enterprise until you have thoroughly thought it through. You have this great idea. Why not run with it? Because you need to write it down, then sleep on it. I’ve had great ideas which turned out to not be good ideas at all. In fact, they almost got me into trouble. I should have done my research, talked to other people who actually were into that particular business, and thought about it even more before I made a final decision. Did I? No. This is just one more reason to read this book. It can point out the good points as well as the bad points.
If you have a dream, please, go for it. But think it through and read this book. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in starting a business. Even if you’re not, this book has sound advice and can therefore, benefit you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Economy of You will awaken the inner entrepreneur inside of you and inspire you to achieve your dreams. Kim gives you all the resources, examples and ideas you need in order to take control of your life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2014
Many people think about starting their own business. In this helpful book, Kimberly Palmer tells the inspiring stories of those who actually did it! In writing that is lighthearted, fast-moving, and provocative, Palmer profiles cake bakers, fix-it uppers, app developers and more who turned their passions and hobbies into part-time and full-time gigs that give these "solopreneurs" exactly what they're looking for: some level of financial freedom, a great deal of satisfaction, and the sense that they'll be better protected in a volatile economy. Palmer doesn't sugar-coat the challenges of striking out on your own. She's done it herself, so understands the pitfalls as well as the promise of launching a business. As a result, her observations are objective and realistic. She knows from first-hand experience that it can be just as easy to fail as to succeed. However, when all is said and done, she makes a compelling case for giving entrepreneurship a try. Read this book whether your business idea is still just that, or whether you've already calculated your first profit-and-loss statement. The Economy of You will get you pumped up and motivated to succeed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2014
I have absolutely loved reading this book. It's so accessible and full of very practical and insightful ideas. I didn't see myself as an entrepreneur, or someone even aspiring to have a side gig. But after having read this book, I'm realizing that side gigs are a way to explore your passions, even if they aren't part of your 9-5 job. The book leaves you with this feeling of confidence, that you too can make relatively easy changes to grow your passion into something that can complement your main source of income.

Kimberly Palmer has interviewed so many different side giggers, with such diverse interests, that the reader will have no problem in identifying with at least some of them. She writes in such an accessible style, and shares all the up's and down's of starting a side-gig, that you really get insight into what it truly takes (and the potential mistakes along the way). It's a book with such a sense of positiveness that it's hard to put down- and leaves you starting to imagine what your side gig might be.
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