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Mash-up!: How to Use Your Multiple Skills to Give You an Edge, Make Money and Be Happier [Paperback]

Ian Sanders , David Sloly
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3 Sep 2012
Web developers did it to bring together multiple sources onto one internet page. Musicians and DJs followed by sampling songs from different genres to create new music. Now everyone is doing it: at work, at the weekends, in business. It's time for you, your business and your career to cash in on the mash-up. The days of being defined by a single job title are vanishing. In the new economy our core competences are increasing; we've gone plural, perfecting multiple skills that reflect the multiple talents we have to offer. Today we are witnessing the rise of the workplace 'mash-up' and the smart guys are creating new revenue streams with each new skill they add. At the same time they're making themselves highly desirable, better paid and carving out more fulfilling and authentic work lives. Mash-up! shows you how you can join in the game.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan Page (3 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749465905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749465902
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 619,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mash-Up is an engaging look at how to adapt to the shifting demands of our working lives today." (Phill Jupitus, Comedian/Broadcaster/Writer)

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"Ever wished you could do more than one job? Perhaps you want to keep your consulting role, but set up a children's clothing e-tailer on the side. You're not alone. Sanders' & Sloly's book highlights the rising popularity of plurality in one's working life.

Easy on the eye and packed to the brim with examples of professionals who are living 'the multidimensional life', this is an inspiration read. The idea of jettisoning the traditional mindset of career ladders and jobs for life, for cherry-picked projects based on the things we love doing, is an appealing one. In the authors' words "when you get it right, mashing it up is like throwing paint around in your playroom." Now where did I put those overalls?"

" (Hannah Prevett, Elite Business Magazine)

"The real art to mashing is pick business ideas that in some way feed into each other. It is the virtuous business circle" (David Hieatt, Entrepreneur/ Founder, Do Lectures/ Founder, Hiut Denim Co.)

"A great read and useful part of your future plural career kit. A book for all that feel they're a "jack of all trades & master of none". Informative, concise, fun and easy to read - Mash Up contains both great case studies from people who have been successful living and working in a "mashed up" way and also concrete actions that you can implement in your own life right now. Both a motivator and a catalyst, this book contains some great takeaways to help you on your own "plural" journey." (Will Jennings Amazon)

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Mash-up! is an inspiring, fun-to-read, practical guide to maximising your competitive edge. Learn how to mix up the different strands of your experience and expertise to make more money, have more fun and be in high demand.

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5.0 out of 5 stars No sausage, just mash please... 26 Sep 2012
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I'm always apprehensive when I hear about the latest "must-read" business ideas book, they usually disappoint. However with "Mash-up!", Sloly and Saunders have really pulled a rabbit out of the bag. I read the book "cover to cover" whilst waiting for a delayed plane (a consequence of my plural work commitments). The last time I managed to do that with a business book I'd been recommended, was the equally illuminating Fried and Heinemeier Hansson "Re:Work".

"Mash-up" has many similarities with Re:Work. No jargon, no hyperbole a smooth read put together by authors who know what they're talking about. Whilst easy to devour, the book is never overly simplistic and contains some brilliant insights into useful navigation techniques for those managing many and varied, and sometimes, apparent contradictory work commitments in the modern (post-modern?) business world. The structure, utilising case studies and personal testimony, ensures each point the authors make is evidenced, understood and absorbed and allows the reader to return to the text many times as a guide when faced with making sense of seemingly intractable multiple client workload demands.

As well as being a practical guide to managing plural/multiple work commitments "Mash-up" provided me with both encouragement and justification for how I work in these uncertain post-industrial times and perhaps more importantly, a liberating and joyous philosophy to underpin my seemingly fragmented and disconnected work commitments.I would thoroughly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A self-help business book that really does help 22 Oct 2012
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Mash-up! lives up to its sub-title by giving advice that allows readers to get an edge, make money and be happier.

For those people who wear lots of different business hats simultaneously but struggle to market themselves successfully, the authors have hit upon an inspired idea: the unifier. This is the thing that brings together all of those seemingly disparate jobs/interests and helps you convey your strengths, without watering any of them down.

The process of finding your unifier is both refreshing and reassuring. And once discovered, it should give you a competitive advantage (both in the workplace as an employee, and as a freelancer) and create additional revenue streams. It also helps you to make sense of being a pluralist and to gain confidence about yourself and what you're offering to the marketplace.

As a freelance copywriter with over 10 years' experience of working for myself, I was still able to find many nuggets of advice in the book - not just about the unifier - and to feel inspired by its contents. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, thought-provoking and inspiring 20 Sep 2012
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As one of the people featured, I couldn't wait to read the rest of the book and I have to say, I totally loved it. This is most definitely a book written for our time. Permanent jobs are now far more risky than working for yourself, and for many the situation will demand that they become involved in many projects across many of their interests and passions. This book gives you the permission to do this - living in plurality - in fact it encourages it. And as someone who is already a masher (read the book!) I feel much better about the path I've paved and it's reignited my desire to be even more ballsy in my own approach. The book is filled with case studies as well as ideas of things you can do to help you move forward in your mashed-up life. And best of all - easy and quick to read. Thank you Ian and David!
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Mash Up made me realise that having a variety of skills and interests can be a major asset. It's cool to be a jack of all trades and master of none. Maybe that way you become your own master masher. Whether you are yearning to break out of a singular career or looking for support and inspiration in your portfolio life, this book is really helpful. So if you don't want to mess up your life, mash it up instead.
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A book for all that feel they're a "jack of all trades & master of none". Informative, concise, fun and easy to read - Mash Up contains both great case studies from people who have been successful living and working in a "mashed up" way and also concrete actions that you can implement in your own life right now. Both a motivator and a catalyst, this book contains some great takeaways to help you on your own "plural" journey.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to a growing body of work 20 Nov 2012
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Whether you call it a portfolio career, new ways of working mashed-up working, or just recognise it as the new reality for an increasingly large number of people, there is no doubt that "new style" work-lives where individuals take full responsibility for their careers, and design a career to fit across multiple roles, are here to stay. There is a growing body of work that addresses the audience of people either already doing this, or hoping to, and Messrs Sander and Sloly are at the forefront.

Mash-up! is the fourth book from Ian Sanders, and the second co-written with David Sloly. It continues the theme kicked off with Leap!, and developed with Juggle! And Zoom! - that of the impact of the new ways of working facilitated by the digital age upon the work life we can all achieve.

It reflects the growing scale and importance of this movement, and provides thought-provoking insight and covers key topics you must consider in order to achieve a mashed-up working life. Of particular use to me were the case studies of people who successfully blend their career across several roles, and the further inspiration you can find by following up the website links and twitter feeds of these people.

New books from these authors are always worth a read, and Mash Up! Is no exception.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read - Even though it wasn't about API Mashups
This book was an interesting read even though I was more interested in more of the mash-up subject referring to API Mash-ups. Read more
Published 24 days ago by jermaine brown
5.0 out of 5 stars The generalist's handbook
There was a time when employers favoured people with deep specialisms at the expense of all else. Those days, thankfully, now seem numbered. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for some people.
This is a book for some people. People who are living on their wits. People with plural talents who can turn their hand to many things. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Steve King
2.0 out of 5 stars Mash up the obvious
I've just read most of this and all I can say is, "I've know this a long time". I'm never impressed with 240 page books which could be summed up in 3 pages and pretend to... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mark Wrigley
5.0 out of 5 stars Where has this book been all my life??
As a slow burning entrepreneur, who has notebooks full of unused ideas for ventures and products, "Mash Up" was a god send! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Andy Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars The Joy of Mash
Ian & David ... I owe you an apology. My copy of Mash-Up! now has doodles, thoughts & ideas scribed across most of its pages. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sarah King
5.0 out of 5 stars Mashed for me please
At last the book that confirms what many of us with multiple life (and business) interests have long known - its not about "jack of all trades, master of none" its about "jack of... Read more
Published 22 months ago by carlo navato
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