Escape From Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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. (May)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425232842
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 452,354
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Slim's unique expertise in personal and business change was developed through consulting inside corporations such as Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, and Charles Schwab..
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Table of Contents

Foreword Guy Kawasaki vii

Introduction 1

Section I Opening Up to the Opportunities 5

1 I Have a Fancy Title, Steady Paycheck, and Goad Benefits. Why Am I So Miserable? 7

2 If It Is So Bad, Then Why Am I Afraid to Leave? 26

3 Detox from Corporate Life 42

4 What's Really Involved in Moving from Employee to Entrepreneur? 63

Section II The Reality of Entrepreneurship 87

5 What Are All the Ways to Be Self-employed? 89

6 How Do I Choose a Good Business Idea? 114

7 Recruit Your Tribe 138

8 Rethink Your Life: Options for Scaling Back, Downshifting, and Relocating 168

9 Do I Really Have to Do a Business Plan? 182

10 Define the Spirit of Your Brand 210

11 Test Often and Fail Fast: The Art of Prototypes and Samples 230

Section III Make the Money Work 247

12 Look Your Finances in the Eye 249

13 How to Shop for Benefits 275

Section IV Making the Leap 291

14 Dealing with Your Friends and Family 293

15 Line Your Ducks in a Row 314

16 When Is It Time to Leave? 335

Acknowledgments 349

Notes 351

Resources 355

Index 359

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    a little repetitive

    good info, and inspiring, but a bit repetitive

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Escape With A Great Book to Escape the Dull Work Life

    I was really surprised at how much information was in the book. If your like me I have thought for years about how I would like to do more than sit in a cube all day. This book really speaks to that subject.

    If you have thought much of how you would like to escape the corporate world then it would really help to know how. This book delivers just that. It gives step by step ideas and information on how to set up the process of leaving your job.

    I have to say I really love this book and keep reading it over and over again. Every time I pick it up I get some thing else out of it. One example would be how to find out what you really want to do and would be happy at it. I have seen many people give ideas on how to get there but "Escape from Cubicle Nation" shows a clear path with solid information.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Highly Recommended!!

    Pam Slim gives an in-depth breakdown of how to take your passion for entrepreneurship and develop it into a sustainable business. She understands the fears and anxiety that keep people trapped and then one-by-one stamps them out! Her book provides concrete steps to develop a plan, motivation to act on that plan and a plethora of resources to pave the way to your success. It's a book I've read once, referenced back to many, many times, and know with certainty, will remain a valuable resource for my "escape"!

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  • Posted April 30, 2009

    Entrepreneur's Roundup!

    This book is packed full of information useful for anybody even thinking about starting their own business. It took me step by step through all of the main areas to consider, and the writing is clear, but light hearted. By the time I finished the book I really felt like I had covered all of the bases of things to consider when starting my own business since the author draws on her own experiences as well as many things she has picked up while helping other people start their businesses. And each section shares clear references to other books, blogs and websites that I can go to if I need to get even more in-depth on a particular topic. Another important thing is that the author (Pam) recognizes that there are some pretty scary things about starting your own business, and she addresses those emotional parts of the equation with great empathy. Not that I need that, but I'm sure others do.

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