Self Made Me

  • by Geoff Burch
  • Narrated by Glen McCready
  • 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

'...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.
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- Mr. J. M. Young

More noticable than balls on a dog

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.


Who was your favorite character and why?

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.


What does Glen McCready bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

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.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The rise and fall of the wage slaves.


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- Paul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-03-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios