Breakneck Book Report: Pamela Slim’s Escape From Cubicle Nation


When I first cracked open the cover of Pamela Slim’s Escape from Cubicle Nation, I wasn’t sure I’d find anything new inside. After all, the title makes it clear that the book is for those still lost in the cubicle jungle.

After remaining lost in its pages, however, for a long weekend trip, I had to acknowledge that there was a wealth of information therein that all of us could benefit from.

Slim first asks readers to create a picture of their ideal life, providing a handy-dandy list of questions to use as a guideline. Reading through it only made me realize how I was from the ideal work environment, the idea balance between work and life, the ideal level of income, the ideal at-home business… It’s nice to be reminded that, even when you escape the 9-to-5 grind, you should constantly be reevaluating your situation.

Slim then walks readers through the business of…developing a viable business plan, including a close look on how to tell if your idea is a good one, where to tighten your belt so you can make it work, and even providing a chart of all of the items that typically appear in a business plan. She even makes figuring out annual revenue targets seem simple, which is quite a leap for someone who hoped she’d never have to do math again once she finished that required course in college.

There’s a lot more to this book but, basically, it is as an invaluable guide for going from dreaming about to planning to making your business dreams come true.

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