- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover; 37037th edition (April 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591842573
- ISBN-13: 978-1591842576
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,348,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur Hardcover – April 30, 2009
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Inspired by her successful blog of the same name, life coach Slim shows readers how to navigate the terrifying yet gratifying transition from corporate drone to entrepreneur. She strikes a perfect balance between emotional encouragement and practical advice: Hating your job intensely, she writes, is not a business plan. What's here is: the nitty-gritty of getting a business off the ground, legal considerations, making the best use of social networking sites, the components of a business model, organized creative brainstorming, financial advice, shopping for self-paid insurance and benefits, and helpful anecdotes of real-life entrepreneurship. With her humorous insights into corporate life and an appealing no-nonsense yet empathic tone, Slim deals swiftly and incisively with anxiety, fear and hesitation. Readers will cheer as she teaches the tricks behind finding what makes you purr—what people will pay you to do, what you have a great passion for and what you are genetically encoded to do. This is a standout in the start-your-own business genre. (May)
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"Of course Pam Slim is brilliant, funny, experienced, and thoughtful, but more than that: she's clear. Buy it."
- Martha Beck, bestselling author of Finding Your Own North Star
"What a treat! Imagine that Dilbert, Peter Drucker, and Dr. Phil did a mind meld and wrote a book that was funny, savvy, and chock full of empathy. Pamela Slim's masterpiece provides the best mind set and moves for making a clean getaway from the corporate grind."
- Robert I. Sutton, Stanford professor and author of The No Asshole Rule
"Just like Pam. She's true and her Escape from Cubicle Nation is, too. Pam gives you a process to add sanity to the scariest moment in your career - the day you realize that you want to stop working for the man and start running your own show. Practical, yep. Inspiring, uh-huh. Humorous, of course. Spot on for cube farmers, no doubt. Pam's lived it, observed it, coached it and now has captured it so you can make some of the most important decisions in your life - and just maybe escape from that cube farm."
- Rich Sloan, StartupNation
"When you decide to make the jail-break of a lifetime, you want Pam Slim by your side."
- John Jantsch, bestselling author of Duct Tape Marketing
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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.
It's easy to read and easy to pick up later for reference.