Congratulate me – I finished a book yesterday.
No, I’m serious.
I haven’t finished a book since I read Jenny McCarthy’s book Belly Laughs over the Christmas holiday.
When I was working my old job, I never had the time to read. And when I did, I didn’t enjoy it, because it felt like work when I wasn’t mentally stimulated enough to sit and read.
So yesterday, stuck in the car on the way home from Florida for six hours, I finished a book. All 285 pages. And it felt great.
What’s better, is that book is invaluable to my entrepreneurial endeavors. It’s called The Boss of You by Lauren Bacon and Emira Mears, and they blog over here.
I bought the book back around the same time as Belly Laughs, and am now just getting around to finishing it. NOT, dear reader, because the book was boring. No sir.
To be honest, It made me anxious reading about creating this amazing business that I hadn’t actually hatched yet. It felt like I was paddling in the air rather than in the water. Thankfully, my layoff forced me to grab my paddles and get to the other side.
The Boss of You is outlined in easy-to-grasp chunks (i.e., perfect for a reader like me):
In which they try to help you define your vision
Developing marketing strategies and helping you determine how to reach your target market
Growing and Maintaining
This section goes over hiring new employees and customer service practices
The marketing section was particularly helpful to me, especially the following, which I sticky-noted (taken straight from the book):
If you’ve read My So-Called Freelance Life or The Anti-9-to-5 Guide by Michelle Goodman, you should have a clear idea of how these ladies operate (Michelle is also highlighted in this book, and all three titles are published by Seal Press*). The book gave me a clear idea of what I have to do to jump start Literally Efficient without getting lost in a bunch of entrepreneurial jargon.
Once I finished it, I dove right into finishing My So-Called Freelance Life, hoping to break the cycle of starting a book, reading up to the second chapter, and then not finishing it.
*Seal Press is also the publisher of DESIRE, in which Connie and Rosemary are both featured.