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Career Book Review: The Anti 9 to 5 Guide

By Holly Reisem Hanna

For me going to the book store is like a kid being in a candy shop, I get all giddy and excited, and I just can’t decide what books I should purchase. And because my daughter loves attending story time and playing with Thomas the Train we head to out to our local book store A LOT (plus they serve Starbucks which is a nice treat for me).

Last time I was at our local book store, I picked up a couple of books, one being Michelle Goodman’s The Anti 9 to 5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube. Which I thought would be perfect for this month’s book review since so many people are making resolutions and goals for the New Year.

So listen up! If you’ve needed some help getting your rear into gear so that you can have your dream career, Michelle has you covered!

Michelle escaped from Corporate America 18 years ago to become a freelance writer. Knowing in her heart that “quality of life trumps all else” she took the “leap before you look” approach to launching her own freelance writing business. Fumbling and scraping by the first few years Michelle learned some valuable lessons and insight that she shares within the pages of this book.

Consisting of 9 chapters and 214 pages, The Anti 9 to 5 Guide is like your own personal cheerleader and guide book to launching the career of your dreams! Offering a detailed road map for every step of the way, Michelle equips you with the necessary tools to making your new dream job a reality. Each chapter gives detailed steps, quizzes, tips, real life advice and action plans to put the wheels in motion.

Michelle also covers a wide range of topics in this book, from information on starting a non-profit business, working in an untraditional career, to jobs that revolve around globe trotting and working from home. While not every chapter will be specifically geared towards you, this is one of the first books that delves into specific ways on how to find your passion or niche, which I think is the paralyzer for many people (help – I don’t know what I want to do)!

If you’ve been thinking about becoming your own boss, working from home or working at a Colorado Ski Resort (which I did in my 20’s) than let Michelle’s experience and expertise be your guide.

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For other career and freelance tips check out Michelle’s blog, The Anti 9 to 5 Guide.

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2 Responses to “Career Book Review: The Anti 9 to 5 Guide”

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    Heather Stanley says:


    I love the sound of this book. Having been in Corporate America for 13 years myself and finally saying “I’ve had enough!,” this book certainly caught my interest. Although not considering another career right now, I will buy it when I do. The path to a new career takes guts, motivation, and stamina. This book seems to cut down on some of the wheel spinning to lead a person to a more direct journey to career change and fulfillment.


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    Nicole says:

    Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a must read.

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