While traveling the US working with some of the country’s biggest companies, Pamela Slim found that more and more employees wanted to leave the corporate world and start their own companies but feared that realizing their dream was too hard or too risky. So she started a blog, “Escape from Cubicle Nation,” and pretty soon people around the world tuned in or her advice on exchanging being an employee for being an entrepreneur.
Now Slim has distilled the wisdom she dispenses on her blog, collected from her own experience and those of her friends, mentors, and readers, in ESCAPE FROM CUBICLE NATION: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur, a must read book for anyone who ever wanted to jumpstart a business.
The book provides advice and guidance for those contemplating going out on their own that is both practical and inspirational. Slim makes clear that becoming an entrepreneur does not produce fortune overnight – and that “hating your job intensely is not a business plan” – but she also encourages would-be entrepreneurs to “unleash their inner tiger,” the creative, vibrant part of themselves that is constrained by their fears and the expectations they and others place upon them.
From making business plans to creating your “tribe” to building your ideal life along with your business, she offers thoughtful, tested, insightful advice on it all.
Publisher’s Weekly has said that Slim, “strikes a perfect balance between emotional encouragement and practical advice” and raved that “with her humorous insights into corporate life and an appealing no-nonsense yet empathic tone, Slim deals swiftly and incisively with anxiety, fear and hesitation…This is a standout in the start-your-own business genre.”
Entrepreneur Magazine opined, “Slim skillfully guides readers through the transition process from beginning to end. You won’t find any quick fixes or fairy-tale endings in Pamela Slim’s Escape From Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur. Instead, you’ll find a thoughtful, accessible and forthcoming account of exactly what it takes to leave the corporate world behind and start a business of your own.”
And Rich Sloan of StartupNation says, “Pam gives you a process to add sanity to the scariest moment in your career – the day you realize that you want to start working for the man and start running your own show…Pam’s lived it, observed it, coached it, and now has captured it so you can make some of the most important decisions of your life – and just maybe escape from that cube farm.”
Slim and the book have been featured in numerous publications, including Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, USA Today, Psychology Today, and US News and World Report and her book tour has taken her to Portland, the Bay Area, Seattle, Chicago, Charlotte, Atlanta, San Francisco, and New York with Dallas and London to come and more cities likely to be added.
By Caroline Patton