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

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by Michelle Goodman
     
 

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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

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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.

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Library Journal
Freelance editor and writer Goodman draws on her decade's worth of self-employed experiences and mistakes in this collection of practical suggestions and entrepreneurial tips for women trying to "flee the cube." Chapters are divided by thematic section, complete with quotes from other self-employed women and references to other books, and conclude with a short "Action Plan" and three- to five-item checklists culled from the text. 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. The final two chapters, although somewhat randomly placed, nonetheless furnish concrete advice for setting up one's own nonprofit organization and finding work that includes travel. Appendixes provide information on negotiating and doing temp work, and the bibliography lists business, legal, and financial titles for "fempreneurs." The result is both inspiring and grounded and has much to offer for its reasonable price. Although some information would benefit readers of either gender, the tone and approach will likely receive the best response from its intended audience. Recommended for all public libraries.
—Sarah Statz Cords

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580051866
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
391,782
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.16(h) x 0.69(d)

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Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MCarmen71 More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.)

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.

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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