About the Episode:

In today’s episode, we’re talking to Pam Slim, the popular blogger, career coach, and author of two highly regarded business books Escape from Cubicle Nation and Body of Work.

Originally from California, Pam built a powerful personal brand for herself in the 1990s and early 2000s as a consultant in the corporate leadership training & development industry.

She scored big-name clients like HP, Cisco, Charles Schwab, Chevron and Office Depot to name a few during her ten-year career as a training consultant. It wasn’t until 2005, while she was taking a class about growing your personal brand, that she decided to start working on her blog and that’s when Escape From Cubicle Nation was born.

From here, she began building relationships with fellow bloggers that covered similar topics related to quitting your day job & growing a small business. On one fateful day, Guy Kawasaki featured her story to his massive readership, and Pam’s blog started growing by leaps and bounds. Shortly thereafter, her own community of readers began to increase, and she started working on her first book, Escape From Cubicle Nation.

In Today’s Episode, We Talk About:

02:39 Where Pam’s originally from.
03:39 The very first side project she did.
05:49 What she studied in college.
08:10 How she landed her big-name clients.
15:49 Why she decided to start a blog.
19:44 Why she decided to write a book.
21:44 Advice for anyone looking to start a blog.
25:45 What motivated her to launch an incubator.
30:33 When her new book is coming out.
35:17 The best investment she’s made in order to grow her business.


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Ryan Robinson
Ryan Robinson

Writer, side project aficionado, and part-time entrepreneur. Join me here, on ryrob.com to learn how to start a blog, make money blogging and grow a profitable side business. I also write for publications like Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc, Business Insider and more. Let’s chat on Twitter about business and side projects.

    1 Response to "#109: How to Escape Your Cubicle, Build a Community and Grow Your Business with Pam Slim"

    • Drewry

      Blogging is definitely today’s new new of job security and financial freedom. There’s no guarantee for anyone, even with a college degree, that they’ll have job security like back in the 1950s and 1960s, when a person can graduate from high school with an academic diploma and get a good paying job with a state or government federal agency and work steadily until retiring successfully. Today’s doggy dog world has too much competition in the traditional workplace. I’m glad to know about the Internet and side hustling because I’ve been through the ringer when it comes to people pulling others down to build themselves up in the workplace. I’m glad to be doing something I love doing today such as side hustling my way to achieving the near future status of “side hustle millionaire,” even though in this line of work, there’s no guarantees of earning one dollar. Moreover, I’m glad to network with good people like you Ryan. And once again, congratulations on walking away from your day job and now rely 100% on your side hustle income as an aspiring [side hustle millionaire]. 🙂

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