Synopses & Reviews
Not every working girl dreams of clawing her way to the corner office. Instead, many of us fantasize about fleeing cubicle life for good. Despite our parents' best intentions to steer us toward more traditional careers (podiatrist, anyone?), we long to start our own sweater-knitting empire, frolic in the land of freelancing, or help those in need halfway around the world. Nevertheless, we non-traditionalists do have our bills to pay. So we do what any sensible woman would do: We get a day job. Which is precisely when those lofty aspirations can begin to atrophy.
Happily, "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide" offers an alternate plan. Hip, whip-smart, and laugh-out-loud funny, this practical career guide shows women weary of the corporate hamster wheel a better way to make a buck. A former wage slave herself, author Michelle Goodman gives readers reassuring, proactive advice on transitioning out of that unfulfilling day job into the self-styled career of their dreams. Whether you want to work part time, at home, outside, or overseas, this fun, girlfriend-to-girlfriend guide provides the resources you need to get the job done -- without going broke.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The book is most appropriate for women early in their careers who have not invested much time or energy on a serious career path." Booklist
"While Goodman's tone and word choice are often a bit saucy, the first six chapters offer solid, if not overly detailed, suggestions for breaking into one's dream field, combining full-time and part-time gigs, working at home, and being in charge of one's own scheduling and bookkeeping." Library Journal
Today, lots of women would love to integrate their passion with their career and are seeking advice on how to do just that. Michelle Goodman, a self proclaimed, "wage-slave" has written a fun, reassuring, girlfriend-to-girlfriend guide on identifying your passion, transitioning out of that unfulfilling job, and doing it all in a smart, practical way. The Anti 9-to-5 Guide
realizes that not every woman wants the corner office, in fact, some women don't want to be in an office at all. Today's women are non-traditionalists, do it yourself sort of girls who want to travel the world, take up knitting, frolic in the land of freelancing but want to do it all without going broke.
The Anti 9-to-5 Guide provides readers with the resources you need to have it all and still have a place to sleep. Michelle suggests great tips for easing into the life you want. With an entire chapter devoted to pursuing your passion on the side, The Anti 9-to-5 Guide encourages us to tweak our current career path or head down a new one, and ultimately succeed.