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Escape from Corporate Hell: Unlock your potential and love your work [Paperback]

Pamela Slim
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1 April 2010
What do you really want? A 4-hour work week? More time with your family? To escape the rat race? To fire your boss? More money? To stop following pointless corporate strategy? If you answered yes to any of these, this book can help you achieve your dreams to escape the 9-5. Life coach, Pamela Slim, shows you how to make the transition from bored corporate worker to a more fulfilled life in one handy volume. Inspired by a hugely popular blog called Escape From Cubicle Nation ( http://www.escapefromcubiclenation.com/ ) Pamela explains how she left her corporate job and set up on her own, and has never been happier. By tackling her fears she took the first step and now runs her own business. In this book she shows you the secrets of leaving your corporate job and living life on your own terms, providing both emotional encouragement and practical advice. Find out how to get a business off the ground, legal considerations, using social networking sites, the components of a winning business model, creative brainstorming, financial advice, shopping for insurance and benefits, and inspiring and amusing anecdotes of real-life entrepreneurship. Based on her own experience and the many people she's coached, she proves you don't need to stay in a job you hate. With her motivation you can learn how to unlock the secret of what makes you happy and build a better 9 to 5.

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Crimson Publishing; 1 edition (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854585487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854585486
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 531,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a standout in the start-your-own-business genre. --Publishers Weekly A thoughtful, accessible and forthcoming account of exactly what it takes to leave the corporate world behind. --Entrepreneur Magazine Of course Pam Slim is brilliant, funny, experienced, and thoughtful, but more than that: she's clear. Buy it. --Martha Beck, bestselling author of Finding Your Own North Star

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Frustrated in your current role? Want to break-free from the monotony of 9 to 5? Don't worry, you're not alone. If you find yourself fantasizing about being your own boss, and can't wait for the day you quit your job, you're holding the right book in your hand. Escape from Corporate Hell began life as a blog in 2005 when Pamela Slim wrote an `Open Letter to CEOs Across the Corporate World' and it became a viral sensation. Escape from Corporate Hell is an intensely practical, challenging and inspirational book for anyone who feels there must be more to life than living someone else's dream.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Mimi Moor VINE VOICE
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In the current economic climate, when all are clinging to a job, any job, it's somewhat brave or even rash to be publishing a book on Escaping from Corporate Hell. However, those of us who live in Corporate Hell will tell you that thoughts of Escape are never far away. With the Inbox filling every 10 seconds, an InTray 3 times larger than the out-tray and management reverting to Dickensian management techniques (not paying sick pay when you have a day off, sniffing loudly when you come back from your two days off with your foot in a cast and on crutches, cancelling your holiday the day before you're flying out)it's amazing anyone goes to work these days. While Google and Starbucks staff fill in questionnaires in The Times saying how fabulous their employers are, the rest of us fill in endless job applications - knowing that in this climate there are 273 more qualified applicants who don't even have to give notice as they're already on the jobless list, plus they're willing to accept less money than I can because any job is better than none.

We want to Escape, but we don't know how.

Pamela Slim's book tells you one way to get out and get a life. It's no promise of easy money and a 3 hour working week, she doesn't say you'll have a yacht the size of your mum's house by Christmas and she does say it won't be easy but it is possible.

Full of case studies and examples - if you're serious about Escaping and you have a business idea that your friends don't laugh at, read the book and if you're still convinced take the plunge. I wish you all the luck in the world and my cv will be in the mail when you start hiring.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very timely help! 5 Dec 2009
By L. mckay VINE VOICE
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This book was ordered on Amazon Vine, it was almost written for my husband who after 21 years with a very large British telecommunications company had just taken his redundancy!

For the last 2 years he had felt very undervalued and had fought with the idea of settting up on his own, in a new self employed venture ~ very scary for the family!

This book arrived and we both could not put it down, it encapsualted how he had felt and gave plenty of good advice and reassurance that the steps he had taken were conducive to success. There were also many hints and tips which we are acting upon too.

Time will obviously tell, but for anyone facing the nightmare of "do we / don't we" this small book could just be what you need.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A. K. Davis VINE VOICE
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The first thing I realised is my workplace is pretty good compared to some described in this book. I'm not confined to a cubicle, after returning from maternity leave I agreed different working hours and when my daughter has been sick I have been able to work at home, making up any missing hours later. Plus my work is interesting and enables me to develop my skills.

The second thing I realised is this is not really a `how to' book; instead it is more a book to get you thinking e.g. are you ready to leave your job, are your family bought in to your new career, and some of these were areas I hadn't previously considered. So if you are thinking of leaving your corporate job this book is likely to be helpful in making the decision, but if you have already made the decision I suggest this book is not enough and you would benefit from having a detailed booked about starting a business.

For me, this book has highlighted the benefits of my current job; but in future if I decide to think about starting my own business this is a book I would definitely revisit.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A word of caution 18 Feb 2010
By P. Potter VINE VOICE
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As someone who set their own business up a few years ago, I feel obliged to utter a few words of caution.

This is a very entertaining book and many people who are trapped in the drudgery of a 9 to 5 job which they hate, will love reading it. So from that point of view, I would recommend the book.

But I found it disturbing that the book basically makes out that starting and running a business is easy. It's not. You will hopefully have more motivation, because you are working for yourself, but you will certainly not have shorter working hours or less stress. Not to begin with anyway. Yes it is possible that you could make millions, but it is also possible that your business could collapse leaving you owing thousands.

Setting up a business is not something to rush into, but the book says you should sit down, consider what you like doing or are good at and set the business up, without worrying about having a financial cushion. Just quit your boring 9 to 5 job and go for it. With that kind of approach, it's no wonder that so many small businesses fail within a couple of years.

If you have a great idea for a business, then research it carefully, look at the likelihood of success and consider running it alongside your normal job for a few months while you get it off the ground. Try not to borrow a lot of money until you are confident that the business will work. Read this book for motivation, but don't take its content too literally.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First best step... 7 April 2010
By techpuppy TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Pamela Slim is a renowned specialist in helping frustrated employees in corporate jobs start their own business. This is the UK version of Escape from Cubicle Nation and although many references have been changed, it is very much North American in style.

Some commentators, when writing about this issue, seem to overlook the fact that employment isn't the enemy but that it's unsuitable employment that causes the real frustration. That frustration that won't necessary be solved by self-employment, many employed people love what they do. However if you think you could find your happiness through entrepreneurship, this book is a good first. Unlike many other authors on the subject, Slim doesn't paint a picture through rose-tinted spec's. Her book is an honest account of what being your own boss entails and that isn't a four-hour workweek spent sipping cocktails on Caribbean beaches while money magically accrues in your account.

Instead Slim works through four sections entitled: Opening Up to the Opportunities; The Realities of Entrepreneurship, Make the Money Work and Making the Leap. Each section is full of useful tips and exercises that will help you to discover whether self-employment is the right choice for you and if you have enough passion for something to devote your life to it and see it through. Slim manages to strike a good balance between exercises, anecdotes, explanation and confidence building. I don't think this will be the only book you'll ever read on self-employment, but you'd have a great head start if you make it one of the first.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps not for me
I was sent this book for free via the Amazon Vine programme. I thought that perhaps it might have been useful to read and find out how I could generally escape the typical office... Read more
Published on 8 May 2012 by JustMe
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but somethings are easier to say than do!
I started off identifying with the situation that I guess many of us find ourselves in: being part of a large organisation an feeling hemmed in and stifled. Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2011 by Robert Hardie
4.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring and useful guide
I really enjoyed reading this book. It's worth a read just for some of the great advice from the author's friends and contacts, some of whom are pretty heavy-hitting Internet... Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2011 by Rob Collins
3.0 out of 5 stars A fair enough start
Tapping into the enormous market of people who hate their job and find life ultimately unsatisfying, this book looks at ways to escape the daily grind once and for and be your own... Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2011 by daisyrock
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it when a plan comes together
I wish I'd had this book 6 years ago when I quit my job and went to work for myself. Like thousands of other people, I'd had enough, I wanted out - but I knew another company... Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2010 by S. Bailey
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read, but not the definitive guide
Having left the corporate world to start my own consultancy, in a sense I came to this book too late, but at the same time I think it does give me an interesting perspective from... Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2010 by mssmith1
2.0 out of 5 stars No, what do YOU think?
I blame Paul McKenna. This is a reasonable approach to any problem in life because he has a face made for blame, but in this situation, I blame Paul McKenna for the style of... Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2010 by T. J. Turner
3.0 out of 5 stars How to escape the rat race
Escape from Corporate Hell is a book aimed at all those people who are finding it harder and harder to drag themselves into work in the morning. Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2010 by TheLibrarian
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but cluttered
Escape from Corporate Hell offers helpful advice for anyone thinking of starting their own business. Read more
Published on 22 July 2010 by antom
3.0 out of 5 stars Some useful content but not an easy read
I struggled with this book. I've read a multitude of career-related books, some about advancing at what you do now, some about marketing yourself better and finding a new job, some... Read more
Published on 20 July 2010 by J. S. Hardman
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