Review: Let’s Do This- An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Knowing When to Quit Your Day Job
Have we ever wondered how it would actually feel like to be your own boss? How is it that you end up becoming one from being a well-paid employee? It is the crux behind the selective self-help book titled Let’s Do This- An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Knowing When to Quit Your Day Job. Written by A J Johnston, this is a live account of how a highly successful working couple made a mountain out of a molehill with their entrepreneurial venture. With feel good style of writing and looking every bit an experience, many career-focused couples with a budding entrepreneurial idea would do well to consider this a learner’s guide as to how to effective initiate the process, if not follow it to the dot.
One would say the content has been structured with ease, owing to the author’s ability to summarize the entire process with élan. The first few pages take the reader through the experience of the author as to how they went about deciding the husband’s time of exit and the process they adopted to smoothen the exit from the company. Sound advice; the author has dared to be very realistic when she puts in an opinion to keep the day job until you are very sure you are ready. However, she has put in enough effort to keep the reader’s morale up when she puts you through the gruesome exit process and how to come out smiling. Talk about priorities and effective time management at the day job, the author feels it is fairly enough to carve the time needed to focus on the new venture.
The next phase is an elucidation of how the family can come together in carving a budget by trimming all those excessive expenditure items and arriving at a budget that could very well be managed by a single income. The author urges all aspiring couples to trim their budgets until this stage is reached. Also, a ready reckoner as to the list of expenses and where it could be trimmed down is conveniently placed. It is the author’s infallible ability to summarize the intricacies that have lent credibility to the content, effectively supported by her live examples as scenarios from their lives. It gets really interesting by the page. She keeps us wondering here as to what she would discuss next.
Further, the ensuing phase emphasizes the need to save, but says it is essentially not so to feel safe with savings. As for the real budding entrepreneurs, money saved in the bank is money underutilized. The urge is to have a stringent savings plan and one where the revenue generated from the new venture is efficiently re-invested. And as if this much information isn’t enough, an excellent portrayal of the Financial and Emotional support the family could expend on the venture is done with relative ease. The role of a mentor in the new venture, and to set unrealistic deadlines and revenue targets are things that one would eventually work out if they are really in the bent of mind to make their venture extremely successful.
All said and done, though this is an excellent selective self-help book, we would still emphasize on the prefix “selective” as the circumstances warranted to go about this venture are too narrow to fathom and prevail, thereby making this a worthy read for those suiting the author’s proposition.