Hating Your job is Not a Business Plan – Pamela Slim
Pamela Slim escaped from a place that contains many American workers; the office cubicle.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Pam slid into a corporate role with jobs at companies like Barclays Global Financial. She got the itch at age 30 to go out on her own and built a consultant business working with high-tech companies like HP, 3 Comm and many others.
The difference with Pam is that her consulting business doesn’t’t focus on the hardware or software parts of the tech business. Pam Slim focuses on the human side of business.
Pam Slim was soon being pulled aside by her clients to ask more about how she went out on her own. They used words like scary, risk and change.
Pam soon realized the issues and concerns people had about the workplace and began writing her blog “Escape from Cubicle Nation”. Pam Slim underscores that hating your job is not a business plan.
It did not take Pam long to realize that many people were looking for a side-hustle, a thing to do on the side as they worked towards full time self-employment.
Her blog became a book by the same name,“Escape from Cubicle Nation” and has become a must read for people who want to plan their escape.
In part one of her interview on Lead or Be Led, Pam talks about the need to plan for a jump from corporate life to self-employment life. Enjoy and learn from Pam’s message of “Escape from Cubicle Nation”.
Pamela Slim Bio
Pamela Slim is a seasoned coach and writer who helps frustrated employees in corporate jobs break out and start their own businesses. Her blog, Escape from Cubicle Nation, is one of the top career and marketing blogs on the web. A former corporate manager and entrepreneur herself for more than a decade, she deeply understands the questions and concerns faced by first-time entrepreneurs. Her expertise in personal and business change was developed through many years consulting inside corporations such as Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard and Charles Schwab, where she coached thousands of executives, managers and employees.
“Entrepreneurship at its heart is aligning your purpose for being on earth with a business idea so compelling that you simply must do it, despite the fears that hold you back,” says Pam. Her experience teaching martial arts for 10 years to thousands of students including former gang members has helped her clients deal with fear head-on. A world traveler, Pam speaks four languages and has lived and worked in Europe and South America.
Pam’s book Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur was released in Spring, 2009 and won Best Small Business/Entrepreneur Book of 2009. Pam is frequently quoted as an expert on entrepreneurship in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek,Forbes, Entrepreneur, Money Magazine and Psychology Today. Pam is married with three kids and lives in Mesa, Arizona.