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Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube

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  • Posted February 18, 2009

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    Okay, so it took me a little longer than I care to admit to read this one, but I¿m a full-time mom, and a full-time cube monkey (a.k.a. desk jockey), whose bringing home the bacon and then some. My inability to read this particular book in a timely fashion in no way should deter anyone from running out and picking it up. <BR/><BR/>The Anti 9 to 5 Guide isn¿t going to give you advice on how not to work (To all the Lazy McCouch-Potatoes out there, this books not for you.), rather, how to pick and choose the work you are most passionate about, and ideas for turning that passion into a reality. Sure, you can wear your fuzzy bear claw slippers and PJ¿s while you telecommute from your home office from Noon to 8:00pm if that¿s your goal, and Michelle Goodman outlines some of the steps to help make this a reality for you. From negotiating a more flexible work schedule with your boss, to reducing the amount of time you spend in your cube each week and increasing the time you spend on your pet project, the realistic advice you¿ll find between the covers of this tome will help you turn your dream into a reality.<BR/><BR/>Goodman did a fantastic job of pulling together the down-to-earth career advice that we¿ve all heard before but most likely have forgotten over time, as we¿ve dug ourselves into the proverbial career traps of the all powerful 9 to 5 with its regular paychecks and medical benefits. Goodman¿s use of a girlfriend style play on words to make this read fun and exciting was just what this female booklover needed. I enjoyed the subtle in-your-face; this is how you do it, advice about going after what you want and not letting anything, or anyone, stop you. Even if it¿s your family. (I still can¿t get over Angela Cimato¿s story. There¿s just something about having a good support system, or enough belief in yourself, to help carry you to your dream.)<BR/><BR/>I particularly enjoyed the appendix segment, Boss in a Box (and no, it doesn¿t have anything to do with putting your current boss in a box so you can torture him/her). Taxes, business law and figuring out what to name your new business venture are featured in this section. It¿s not enough to think you know how to run your own business; you actually need to know (research and know-how is going to be key to your success), or know who you can go to for the services you need. If you don¿t have the capital to pay for the services you need, barter, Barter, BARTER, whenever possible.<BR/><BR/>If you¿re just starting your career at Corporate Inc., thinking about making a mid-life career change, or are just looking to fill some of the space in between, this book is for you.

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