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The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube Paperback – January 18, 2007
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Snappy and practical, this guide to quitting your job at the "e-mail-saturated, meeting-happy cube farm" will prove indispensable to any young professional itching to strike out on her own. Goodman, a successful freelance writer, aims her book at women between 25 and 35, but young men will likely find her advice (always send a thank you note after an informational interview; play it cool if you snort coffee out your nose) just as relevant. From "sussing out the gigs" to guidance on taxes and health insurance to battling "the inertia that binds one's derriere to the sofa like a tongue to a frozen flagpole," Goodman covers all the aspects of going solo. A "Show Me the Money" section at the end of each chapter gives readers money-saving tips (eat all the food in your fridge before it "liquefies or grows spores"), and checklists covering steps readers must take before becoming self-employed. Goodman's advice is applicable to a broad range of careers, though the non-profit and international travel chapters are useful primarily for pointing to other, more in-depth sources. Goodman's tone is realistic-taking into account the obstacles facing a generation burdened early by debt-but she retains a sense of humor, making this information-dense guide an encouraging, buoyant lifesaver.
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In a practical guide for young women who are ready to abandon their cubicles and carve out their own dreams, Goodman offers tools and tips for joining the DIY career club. Echoing many career-advice books, Goodman focuses on defining what your passion is and then mapping out a series of transition plans to get from cubicle to dream job. The book is most appropriate for women early in their careers who have not invested much time or energy on a serious career path. Her recommendations for freelancing, temping, part-time work, and lots of career exploration speak to a woman who has not yet found her calling. How-to sections on networking, deciding about additional schooling, resume preparation, and information interviewing are most appropriate for the younger worker still figuring out her career path. Gail Whitcomb
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The book is written in a very upbeat tone and is indespensible to anyone thinking of making the flying leap to all things outside the work-a-day world. A great way to help turn your fleeting career dreams and aspirations into reality. Get it, and get on your way.
That said, I still highly recommend this book. If nothing else, it’s very amusing, as well as informational. Goodman has a great sense of humor and a conversational style that kept me reading. She also has a ton of information on how to go about quitting your job regardless of what you want to do. Thinking of starting a non-profit? This book has some excellent resources to help you get started. What if you still want a day job, you just don’t want an office job? Or you want to work from home? This book still has you covered.
Goodman knew that her path to self-employment was not the only one, so she interviewed entrepreneurial women working in all sorts of fields and included their words of wisdom in this book. The result is a wealth of information that Goodman sprinkles throughout the book, rather than leaving it compacted in one interview section. Each chapter contains quotes and advice from women doing whatever you want to do, and I think Goodman did a pretty good job of covering all her bases. From self-employment, to volunteering, to working travel into your budget and schedule, to just spending more time doing what you love. She has advice on how to go about easing yourself out of the 9-to-5 lifestyle and into the kind of life you want.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to change up their work schedule. It left me more knowledgeable about what I’m about to do, more confident, and entertained me the whole way through.
My favorite parts of the book include the summary in list format at the end of each chapter, as well as all the anecdotes and profiles from other successful female business owners. I personally wish there would have been more graphic design related stories in the book as it would have related to me even more, but honestly the stories and quotes all share the same basis of inspiration and goals for women wanting to start their own business.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to start their own enterprise. You will not be disappointed.
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Michelle Goodman offers solid advice geared to women who want to work in nontraditional jobs but don't know where to begin.Read more