With tax season winding down and our car search over, it’s been nice to focus my attention on writing up some reviews again. To get me back into the swing of things I thought it qwould be great to refresh my memory with a review of one of my keepers from my book shelf. Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pam Slim follows the theme of Pam’s blog (with the same title) of making a transition from an office worker to becoming a successful entrepreneur.
Escape from Cubicle Nation Overview
While no single book can cover the whole shift in detail, Pam does a wonderful job showing the thought process behind making the decision, the basics of starting a bootstrap business, and the realities of being self employed. If you’re curious about what she covers in detail, here are the topics she covers (Slim does a wonderful job naming her chapters!):
- I have a fancy title, steady paycheck, & good benefits. Why am I so miserable?
- If it is so bad, then why am I so afraid to leave?
- Detox from corporate life
- What’s really involved in moving from employee to entrepreneur?
- What are all the ways to be self-employed?
- How do I choose a good business idea?
- Recruit your tribe
- Rethink your life: Options for scaling back, downshifting, & relocating
- Do I really have to do a business plan?
- Define the spirit of your brand
- Test often & fail fast: The art of prototypes & samples
- Look your finances in the eye
- How to shop for benefits
- Dealing with your friends & family
- Line your ducks in a row
- When is it time to leave?
Highlights from Escape…
I think for myself my favorite section (unsurprisingly) is the Make the Money Work section. If someone wants to start and thrive with their business, getting a financial system up and running is essential. While following your passion is a start, building a business involves more. Slim goes over looking at income and expenses, saving for your business’ needs, looking benefits such as health insurance, and building a cash reserve.
For those looking at having a cushion before they make the switch, Slim offers some practical advice on what to do while you’re still employed. She also shows you how to find suitable self-funded health insurance. All of this can be extremely helpful for those looking at taking the leap.
Thoughts on Escape from Cubicle Nation
If you’re really interested in understanding the reality of being self-employed and not just the fantasy of being self-employed, then this is the book to get your started. Pam shares enough of the basics to get you started. For those who have read Slim’s book and have started a business, what are your thoughts? What do you think of Escape from Cubicle Nation?