Be a Free Range Human: Escape the 9-5, Create a Life You Love and Still Pay the Bills

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For Marianne Cantwell, Free Range Humans are "a growing tribe, easily spotted by the smiles on their faces on Monday mornings." They are people that have figured out what they want to do with their lives and they are doing it, right now. They choose when, where and how they work, and get paid to do what makes them come alive. They have decided to live their life every day, not just weekends.

Lighthearted in style but serious in intention, this is a practical guide to creating a ...

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Overview

For Marianne Cantwell, Free Range Humans are "a growing tribe, easily spotted by the smiles on their faces on Monday mornings." They are people that have figured out what they want to do with their lives and they are doing it, right now. They choose when, where and how they work, and get paid to do what makes them come alive. They have decided to live their life every day, not just weekends.

Lighthearted in style but serious in intention, this is a practical guide to creating a life of fulfillment. Life coach Cantwell - herself a career shifter - helps mid-career professionals work out what they really want. She addresses the things that career changers think they need but don't: a job; an MBA; a big investment; a fancy website, and shows how to build not just a business but a life that works for them. 
Be a Free Range Human is a valuable contribution for those new to personal growth and struggling with work-life balance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749466107
  • Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 591,623
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Marianne Cantwell writes a popular blog, "Free Range Humans: Escape the corporate cage and live life on your terms," and is an international speaker on escaping the "corporate cage" and creating a successful work life balance. She helps professionals escape the 9-5, ditch the commute and create free range careers, earning a regular income without an office or a boss. Having escaped the corporate cage herself, Cantwell now runs her business from her laptop on Bali beaches, in California cafes and by the Sydney seaside.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements  
Prologue
  

Introduction  
From beach to boardroom  
What I do now (work or pleasure?)
Jobs are so last century (welcome to free ranging)
What this book is not  
Who am I to write this book?  
How to read this book 

Part 1 Get ready for the ride  
Get set up to get the most from this journey
 
1 What your school career adviser never told you  
The ‘safe job’ myth  
Myth buster 
Free range third way 

2 Why this matters now  
What would you do if you had only one life?
Notes for Part 1  

Part 2 Creating your free range life (how to decide what you really want)  
Dream big, discover your strengths and find out what to do when you want to do everything. 
Figure out what you really want. 

3 Why doing what you love is not negotiable  
The two-step strategy 

4 Dream big – then get off your butt and do it 
How to quit your job, write a book and get on TV (while baking cakes)  
Dare to dream  

5 Defrosting – your secret weapon in figuring out what you want  
Is your GPS out of whack?  

6 How to create your perfect ‘career’ when you want to do everything  
The ‘one thing’ myth  
Myth buster  

7 Spot your superpowers  
Average is no longer an option  
Weaknesses are just strengths in the wrong environment  
How to use your strengths to find your thing  

Free range profile Benny’s story Travel the world, learn languages, and make a living from your blog  

8 Taking free range action
The ‘endless research’ myth  
Myth buster  
Free range third way  
Notes for Part 2  

Part 3 Think like a Free Range Human  
You don’t need oodles of experience, a wildly original idea or even funding. How to start for under £100 (and find out if your idea will work within two weeks). Decide on your new free range career. 

Free range profile Peter’s story From T-shirts to US$100k without an office 

9 Why you don’t need an original idea  
The ‘originality’ myth  
Myth buster  
Free range third way  

10 Why you don’t need oodles of experience (what you have to offer other than your CV)  
The ‘oodles of experience’ myth  
Myth buster  
Free range third way 

11 What a free range business looks like (or: what can I do other than start a café?)  
Four free range business types (plus one extra option)  

12 How to free range-ify your idea  

13 How to start for under £100 

14 How to know if your idea will work (test your idea in seven days)  
How to know if your idea can pay enough  
How to know if people will really pay for what you have to offer  

Free range profile Susan’s story From idea to income in 10 weeks  
Notes for Part 3  

Interlude free range reality check  
A rush of inspiration and free range thinking (how to overcome those ‘reasons why not’ and make anything happen). 

15 Meet the people who don’t want you to escape the career cage (or: the beige army unmasked)  

16 What to do with those reasons why not  
The ‘not for the likes of me’ myth  
Myth buster  
Free range third way  

Free range profile Jon’s story How to quit your job, move to paradise and get paid to change the world  
Notes for Interlude  

Part 4 Build your free range escape hatch 
Get started, get known fast, and start earning that free range income (even while still in your job!). An unconventional guide on how to build things up, stand out from the crowd, and then escape the career-cage trap in your 10 steps to freedom. Discover how to earn the income, get the lifestyle and break free (on your terms). 

17 Making a living without an office (or a boss)  

18 Why you don’t need a business plan (or an MBA)  
The ‘research’ myth  
Myth buster  
Free range third way  

19 Why you don’t need to appeal to everyone 
Big lives come from bold steps  

20 How to decide who gets to give you money  
From burnout to brilliant: a real life turnaround  
How to choose your niche  

21 How to brand like a rock star  
The power of branding as you  
Your brand is more than a name  

22 How to stand out from the crowd  
How to stand out (by being more you)  

Free range profile Connie Hozvicka I earned more in one month than I did in three months in my job 

23 How to do the Free Range Faststart  
Meet the Free Range Faststart  
Choosing your Faststart partners  

24 How to get clients without paying for advertising  
Old versus new marketing  
Seven steps to a hot email relationship  

25 Instant status  
Status hacking 101  
Three pillars of instant status  

26 How to communicate in an unsucky way  

27 Why you don’t have to be an all-rounder (you don’t have to do it all alone)  

28 How to sell without selling your soul 
The four e’s of selling without selling your soul  

29 Get comfortable with setting your salary  

30 What to do when you get stuck (when to give up and when to give in)  

31 How to live and work anywhere 
Focus on the advantages  
Travel checklist  

32 How to quit your job: 10 steps to freedom  
Notes for Part 4  

Epilogue  
Index

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