Monday, May 28, 2012

MBR: Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur

I decided I was going to read a book a week for a year, here's a quick review of this week's book.  You can see the ongoing list here.

Basic Info

Escape From Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur by Pamela Slim

Why I read it

I've always been interested in the startup scene; and I've been contemplating a move, figured this book would be right in my wheelhouse. Besides, it probably has one of the best covers I've ever seen.

How it connects to the Public Sector

If you aren't happy at work, this is your step by step road map out.


What I got out of reading it

There is a lot of rock solid advice about business planning, how to shop for your own insurance plan, how to manage cash flow, and even how to talk to your spouse about your decision to start your own business.

In retrospect, I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn't another "you can do it if you believe in yourself" self help/business book (a la Seth Godin). It was more of a "starting your own business is a shit ton of work and if you are ready to make a go of it, here is what you should probably think about" type book.  It even included a whimsical quip about exploring a plan b when it comes to health care which I found rather funny (hint: it advocated applying for Canadian citizenry).

Again, given what is happening right now in terms of the cuts to the public sector, Escape From Cubicle Nation is a timely read for those who are affected employees or contemplating alternation but are unsure of what your next move should be.  This book will give you the direction you may feel you are lacking.

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