Episode Number 65Pamela Slim on Your Body of Work

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 blogs on the web. She is also the author of the books Escape from Cubicle Nation and the recently released Body of Work. A former corporate manager and entrepreneur herself, she understands the concerns faced by first-time entrepreneurs. We couldn’t wait to chat!

Show Notes

As Pam Slim’s Twitter bio notes, "Pam is my name, freedom is my game.” As a busy entrepreneur balancing work and family, our standard question — how do you do what you do? — rings especially true. Pam has one employee plus a part-time marketing contractor. This gave us a unique opportunity to ask how to go about growing and adding a person when you’re a business of one.

Pam notes that when you hit critical mass it’s important to realize that just because you can do a task doesn’t mean that you necessarily should do that task yourself. To begin this shift, Pam started using virtual assistants, however, eventually she found that, as an extroverted thinker, she needed someone else to bounce things off of.

While she had always worked from home, three years ago she invested in office space and has never turned back. Pam found that while working from home she was a less-than-stellar coach and parent. Her kids knew she was home and couldn’t resist finding her. Though she’s an extrovert, she also acknowledges that she needs quiet time for focus and work.

As with any author, we had to ask about Pam’s writing routine. Like past guest Daniel Pink, she always starts with a very specific deadline. This helps her focus on one project or task at a time. She then tries to get through and do a little bit each day. She’s also learned from writing two books that the creative process is kind of messy and she has learned to embrace that.

What are the 3 apps Pam can’t live without? Scrivener software for writing, Text Expander for helping with emails, and finally, she loves Facebook! “It’s not glamorous" but it’s a great way to stay connected.

Shout-outs and plugs! Nick kicked things off by shamelessly plugging his Content Marketing Boot Camp, reminding listeners that they can save big on registration using promo code WORKTALK. Pam closed the show with a shout to her recently released new book Body of Work, which has been aptly dubbed “a modern day career handbook.” She also invited listeners to follow her on Twitter to provide feedback.

Until next week, we’ll see you on the Internet!

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