Making the leap into entrepreneurship is one of the most challenging choices a person can make, and a global recession doesn’t make the decision any easier. Across America, there are many people continuing their 9 -5 grind, doing unfulfilling work simply to pay the bills, uncertain about the future with their employer and dreaming of owning their own business. Those people need a guide telling them how to break free from their cubicle chains. Luckily it exists in book form, and it has been written by author and blogger Pamela Slim.
We blogged recently about Escape From Cubicle Nation, which takes its title from Slim’s popular small business blog. Her aim is to help people achieve business success on their own terms and create something personal out of their skills and creativity. Her first book is a primer on how to attain that dream.
Slim admits her suspicions with corporate life from page one. Her main complaints are that the corporate world is unstable and its leadership is stubborn to change. Over time, Slim begins to create her portrait of “cubicle nation”: a place where creativity stifled, meaningless work is done over and over and workers spend most of their time responding to mountains of email. Slim calls on workers to escape the corporate system and go out on their own.
Escape From Cubicle Nation is a very handy resource for aspiring entrepreneurs. Slim outlines the realities of starting and owning a small business, and provides helpful insight about what needs to be done to get a business off the ground. She stresses the importance of consulting with other people. Slim says entrepreneurs should enlist a mentor for their new business as well as a High Council of Jedi Knights, who you can go to during pivotal moments in the life of your business.
The book has a streamlined lay-out reminiscent of other business books, but what makes Escape a vital read is Slim’s compelling story and her clear and concise writing style. Escape speaks to a real economic truth of the moment. Given the harsh economic realities of today, entrepreneurship is the only way a person can truly control their future. Slim provides a lot of insight about how to break free from the corporate world.
Once you do, may I suggest owning a franchise?
You can buy the book it here.