Synopses & Reviews
Despite grim headlines about the economy, you don't
have to stay in a job you intensely hate. There's a better opportunity waiting out there, and escaping from cubicle nation is easier than you think.
Pamela Slim spent a decade traveling all over the country as a self-employed trainer for large corporations. She was surprised to find that many of the most successful employees at these companies harbored secret dreams of breaking out to start their own business. They would pull her aside after a meeting and whisper, "I would love to work for myself, but have no idea how to get started. How did you do it?"
So Pamela started a blog — "Escape from Cubicle Nation" — to share her experience and advice. Soon, questions and stories poured in from corporate prisoners around the world. As her blog gained popularity, she also interviewed some of the brightest experts in entrepreneurship on topics from finance to branding to marketing via social networks.
This book includes Pamela's very best material, based on thousands of conversations and reader submissions. It provides everything you'll need to consider before making a major change — not just the nuts and bolts of starting a business, but a full discussion of the emotional issues involved. Pamela knows firsthand that leaving corporate life can be very scary, especially if you have a family and other obligations. Fears and self-defeating thoughts often hold people back from pursuing an extremely gratifying solo career.
Get ready to learn your real options, make an informed decision, and maybe, just maybe, escape from cubicle nation.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"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
Inspired by reader submissions to her blog "Escape from Cubicle Nation", Slim provides everything one needs to consider before making the decision to become self-employed, from the nuts and bolts of starting a business to a full discussion of the emotional issues involved.
Pamela Slim, a former corporate training manager, left her office job twelve years ago to go solo and has enjoyed every bit of it.
In her groundbreaking book, based on her popular blog Escape from Cubicle Nation, Slim explores both the emotional issues of leaving the corporate world and the nuts and bolts of launching a business. Drawing on her own career, as well as stories from her coaching clients and blog readers, Slim will help readers weigh their options, and make a successful escape if they decide to go for it.
These days its increasingly rare to have a stable career in any field. More and more of us are blending big company jobs, startup gigs, freelance work, and volunteer side projects. We take chances to expand our knowledge, capabilities, and experience. But how do we make sense of that kind of careerand explain it?
Pamela Slim, the acclaimed author of Escape from Cubicle Nation, gives us the tools to have meaningful careers in this new world of work. She shows how to find the connections among diverse accomplishments, sell your story, and continually reinvent and relaunch your brand.
About the Author
Pamela Slim is a management consultant and professional life coach trained by O Magazine columnist Martha Beck. Her rapidly growing blog about entrepreneurship has been covered by media ranging from The New York Times to Fox News. This is her first book.