- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; 3.7.2010 edition (April 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425232840
- ISBN-13: 978-0425232842
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Pamela Slim is a popular blogger, career coach, and the author of Escape from Cubicle Nation. She lives with her family in Mesa, Arizona.
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I bought this book after seeing it mentioned in another book. I was actually dreading reading it due to it's length and in my opinion, bland cover. It sat on my bookshelf for three months until I finally made myself begin to read it. Today, I can honestly say this is one of the more straight forward business books I've ever read. Pamela Slim, almost holds your hand as she walks you through each step of becoming a business owner. I was impressed by the detail she provided and the humor she injected as well.
The book is long but necessary. I used up an entire Highlighter in this book and will use it as a reference forever as well as pass it on to others.
Without wanting to give out any spoilers, I can share this tidbit: Getting completely out of debt and have savings to cover at least 6 months to a year of expenses (ergo: save like a madman and cut back on all but the most basic expenses) will give you a boost of confidence and security to go out on your own that will be harder to come by if you are living paycheck to paycheck. I can't recommend this book (and its companion website) enough. It's your key to become free. Go get it.
I have read a LOT of books about starting a business and even some geared toward escaping corporate hell, but I must say that this book is the best of the best. The content in this book is exceptional. As an example, the chapter (page 191) on branding is one of the best 19 pages you will ever read on the topic.
Reading this book is like drinking wisdom from a fire hose. It features numerous examples, case studies, and exercises that make you stop and think. To her own vast knowledge, Pamela provides interviews and perspectives from many of today's best business thinkers; for example: Guy Kawasaki, John Jantsch, Seth Godin, Ramit Sethi, Rich Sloan, Jeff Sloan, Naomi Dunford, Tim Berry, Kathy Sierra, Michael Port, Tim Ferriss, etc.) The end result is essentially a best practices manual for starting a business with emphasis on special considerations when plotting an escape from cubicle nation.
In summary, if I were stranded in a cubicle on a deserted island, this is the book I want. Highly recommended! Thank you Pamela :)
Whilst highlighting the opportunities and potential pitfalls, she provides a great resource with helpful tools to know what to look out for and what to do. Sim removes the overwhelm many face by tackling the common fears and cutting the essentials like business planning down to size.
As an executive career and lifestyle coach I'll certainly be recommending Cubicle Nation to many of my clients who are contemplating their great escape.