Book Review: The Anti-9-to-5 Guide

I wish I could do my craft full-time, but I’m just not sure how to leave my day job.

Does this sound familiar to you? I just finished reading a book that tackles this exact predicament, as well as a few other issues that keep so many people from doing what they really want to do in life.

The Anti 9-to-5 Guide by Michelle Goodman of Seattle is an inspiring, witty read packed with insight, game plans, and tools to help you get what you want out of your career, no matter what rung on the job ladder you currently stand on.

One of the things that makes this women’s career book stand out is the layout. Since each chapter covers one specific area of building your dream career, it’s easy for anyone to get the information they’re seeking without reading a bunch of information they already know or don’t need.

For example, you might not need to read the chapter on being your own boss if you’re already happy in your career. Instead, you might find the chapter on getting a more flexible work schedule most helpful. If you’re not sure what you want to do next, you might start from the beginning and read the whole thing.

Another thing that makes The Anti 9-to-5 Guide a cut above the rest is that each chapter ends with an outline of work and research you can do at your own pace to get started on the path to your dream job. It’s easier to start something new when you have specific tasks to accomplish.

Once you finish the outlined projects, you can keep going with other helpful tips and ideas that are peppered throughout the book’s pages. Goodman lists many useful websites to check out, from online communities that offer support and advice to small business owners, to organizations that can help you figure out how to get your own health insurance without breaking the bank.

What really made me like The Anti 9-to-5 more than the rest of the career books I’ve read is summed up in the book’s subtitle. This book really does offer practical career advice to women who think outside (and are ready to escape) the cube.

I personally may have not made it to the other side just yet, but thanks to Goodman’s invaluable tips and strategies, my escape plan is coming together better than ever before.


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