Stop working for the man – break free and make sure you’re getting paid what you’re worth. Stop slogging away 9 – 5 for a set salary (plus the overtime you inevitably do and don’t get any credit for). Abandon the day job and go it alone. Start doing what you want to do, when you want to do it.
There are currently 4 million self–employed people in the UK – be one of them, join them, set yourself free. It’s not about becoming an entrepreneurial whiz–kid, it’s about working the way you want to work, on the things you want to work on, and in the location you want to do it from. Remember, you don’t have to sit in an office to get a job done.
Self–Made Me shows you how to work how and where you want and earn exactly what you’re worth – not what an employer wants to get away with giving you. Be your own boss and increase your value. It’s never been easier to be self–employed than it is today, with increased communications, mobile working and outsourcing.
This straight–forward and engaging guide will help you make being self–employed a success, shows you how to get paid what you are actually worth, and how to work as hard or as little required to create the lifestyle you choose. Self Made Me is for a new breed of people, and will show you how to make self–employment work for you.
©2013 Geoff Burch (P)2013 Audible Ltd
‘…informative and entertaining…I can’t recommend Self Made Me enough.’ (Edge, May 2012)
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"Fairly average, nothing new but mildly interesting"
The first thing to note is that the narration takes some getting used too. The words seemed over emphasised to the point I wondered if the narrator was being sarcastic. Probably better suited to works of fiction where the narrator would need to build on grand ideas.
And grand ideas is not what this book is about. The book repeats the same story you can hear in any number of these types of business books. The content wasn't bad, and some of the back stories were interesting and easy to relate to.
The book is good in a kind motivational 'get out there and do it' kind of way. If that's what you need then you will get some value from this book.
If you are looking for any meaningful tools or techniques then this book will leave you wanting more.
After reading the book I did experience a feel good factor, but a week later if I ask myself what tangible benefit the book brought the answer would be low.
Geoff Burch talks about setting up as plumber or other trade and definitely not being a consultant. As far as I can work out Geoff is a (very good) business speaker. I'm not convinced he has experience in the trade to advise people to go for it. At one point Geoff suggests leaving your job to learn plumbing and never be short of work again. The book does not deal with where you are now. If you are an investment banker looking for self employment this book will have little relevance.
Beneath all the vague ideas and motivational stories there is some really good questions to ask yourself (Does your town really need another coffee shop)?
I've got mixed feelings about this book. It's easy to listen to (once you get used to the style) and the content is interesting but not new. I don't feel I've wasted time with this title but I don' think I've gained as much as I hoped.
"More noticable than balls on a dog"
Many of my friends hate their job and we spend an estimated third of our lives at work! If you want some inspiration to go it alone this is all you need.
Geoff Burch, in my humble opinion is super smart, funny and absolutely bang on with his views on employment and self employment. He hammers home the reality of being self employed and if you're considering the jump to self employment this book is for you.
I've listened to a few books narrated by Glen McCready and unlike a lot of narrators Glen keeps me pinned to every word, and awake! For some reason I often zone out listening to other audiobooks, thankfully not on this occasion.
The rise and fall of the wage slaves.
"Great book if your considering starting a business"
Small business guide
Great stories and very encouraging read.
You feel the enthusiasm in his voice.
Will listen to again.
Well worth a read if you're considering going freelance but don't really know what it's about. This won't give you the nitty gritty on how to register for VAT but will give you plenty of funny - Yes, laugh - out - loud funny, and practical advice about how to market yourself and what the self employed lifestyle involves.
It would be a 5-star review but for the fact that he uses the phrase "the world is literally your oyster". Dear oh dear...
"Well worth listening to"
Really well written and read - very funny. Loads of information - really truthful and might put people off but if not then do what he says - I've been in business for myself for 15 years now and this is still full of useful information.
Yes laugh lots
Good fun and very interesting
"This Book secured me a Big Pay-Rise!!!"
Just a superb listen, start to finish, there is a lot of Information here, too much for me at least to take in in one session, so now on my Third!
After my 1st listen I realised I had been underpaid for at least 5 Years, after my 2nd listen I asked my Boss for a Rise and got it right there and then by just making him aware of some facts which Geoff made me aware of.
All in all a refreshing look at how a business can be started and run efficiently with minimal expense.
British-centric which was great to hear for once!
Also very Funny in places.
Thanks Geoff, a great listen, I owe you!
"Absolutely brilliant - a must listen"
This audiobook is brilliant, it's a must for anyone in business for themselves or even thinking about it, the audiobook covers a huge amount of simple, clear and no nonsense advice and information for anyone looking to start out on their own.
I've listened to it twice already because it is chock full of useful information and has given me the inspiration and push I need to go at it on my own!
Thanks to this book I'm not a LOOSER anymore - you'll see what I mean when you listen to the book!
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