ESCAPE 9-to-5. CREATE YOUR OWN FREEDOM. Case Studies of Non-traditional Business Founders

Pamela Slim Answers Your Questions About Quitting 9-to-5 and Working For Yourself

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October 20, 2015

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EPISODE 43: Pamela Slim wrote a pioneering book called Escape from Cubicle Nation back in 2009. The book was about how corporate employees can start businesses and work for themselves. In today’s episode, we chat about some of the burning questions you – the readers – have asked me over the years. Read more »


What to Do When You Have No Money to Start Your Business

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August 5, 2014

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We’ve all been there. A business idea pops in your head. You fantasize about it constantly, about how successful the business will be and all the things you would do once it is. You even make 2 or 3-year plans about how you’ll grow the business. New products. New services. Fancy pricing. Bells, whistles, et cetera. Then suddenly, reality looms. How are you going to get the idea off the ground? You need cash. You’re not sure you want a bank loan at this point, nor do you want to chase […] Read more »


Why You Should Start a Consulting Business Right Now

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July 29, 2014

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A week and a half ago it was announced that Microsoft is set to lay off 18,000 workers over the next year. Ouch. If you’re a salaried employee, I’ve got bad news and good news for you. Read more »


What Freedom Means to Me: A Personal Manifesto

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March 16, 2014

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Last month was tough. The sudden demise of one of my dearest friends left me very sad and confused. He was young and had everything going for him. He was friendly, kind, took great care of his family and was the life of the party. And then suddenly, after a very short battle with a terrible illness, he was gone. I lost count of the number of times I asked myself in my head, “How could this happen? Why did this happen?” In the end, the randomness and unpredictability of life […] Read more »


How to Decide What Type of Business to Start

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January 31, 2014

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“What business do I start?” “What field do I get into?” “How do I begin to figure this out?” I get these questions fairly often from folks wanting to start their own businesses. You might’ve heard that the hardest part about starting a business is…starting. A simple question such as ‘What business should I start?’ can easily weigh you down, leading to procrastination and worse…complete inaction. Read more »


How to Stand out From the Crowd and Have Customers Flock to You (Even if Your Market is Teeming with Competition)

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October 3, 2013

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Over at the Multiplicity blog, I wrote about why you don’t need to be intimidated by competition and have customers come to you instead. Here’s the article: Ever feel like whenever you think of a business idea, there are already several other businesses trying to do the same thing? Or you start out with an original idea, but soon the market catches up…it’s getting crowded. Oftentimes, you can get demoralized and start believing that ‘the other guy’ has something better to offer, and you’re not going to survive. The other guy […] Read more »


3 Rational Ways To Make Your Stupid, Ridiculous Dreams Come Alive

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August 11, 2013

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Over at the Multiplicity blog, I wrote about why you shouldn’t ignore unrealistic goals, and how you can make them see the light of day. Here’s the article: When I was 13 years old, I wanted to make it big in sports. I had decent talent and did well at school-level sport competitions. But when the time came for me to make that extra effort and practice harder so I could compete at the city and state levels, I convinced myself not to do it. What if I don’t make it? […] Read more »


Tired and Overwhelmed? 3 Undeniable Ways to Start Well and Finish What You Started

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June 18, 2013

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Over at the Multiplicity blog, I wrote about why we get overwhelmed when we start new projects, and 3 things we can keep in mind to beat it. Here’s the article: Okay. So you’re excited about this new idea you’ve had recently. You visualize what your life’s going to be like after you bring the idea to life. You visualize yourself doing what you need to do to make it happen. Maybe you’ve got the perfect plan to break out of your dull 9-to-5 gig, or maybe you’re already running a startup and […] Read more »


15 Case Studies Later, Have We Learned Anything At All?

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May 1, 2013

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So I’ve done 15 case studies so far, most of them have summaries (I’m working on writing summaries for all the case studies). But, what about insights? Ideas you could take action on and change your life? After all, that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Read more »

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