My So-Called Freelance Life“A witty Seattle writer who has weathered 15 years as a freelancer pens a sage and encouraging guide for others hoping to cobble together various projects for differing employers into a sustained career.”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Michelle Goodman has done what so many of us are terrified to do (and may all be forced to do in our looming recession economy): cut the strings for a completely freelance existence. Luckily, she made all the mistakes first, then compiled her wisdom… a well organized how-to book about overcoming all those fears that keep us clinging desperately to our cubes.”
                                                       Seattle Weekly

“Smart, funny, on the money.”
– Susan Shapiro, author of Only as Good as Your Word and Lighting Up

“If your inner freelancer is itching to come out, RUN, don’t walk to read this book. From creating business plans to dealing with the taxman, it’s all here. Hands down, this is the most comprehensive and informative guide I’ve ever read on the freelance life.”
– Manisha Thakor, co-author of On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance

“Perfect for those who are considering leaping from the 9-5 grind to freelance and need to understand the details of what this move will encompass, and for those who are already dabbling in freelancing and need to take some smart, solid next steps if they’re to turn it into a full-time, lucrative career.”
– Alexandra Levit, author of How’d You Score That Gig? A Guide to the Coolest Jobs — and How to Get Them


NATIONAL POST: Before Telling Off the Boss, Have a Plan | November 14, 2008
NEW YORK TIMES: When to Work for Nothing | November 10, 2008
WASHINGTON POST EXPRESS: For Some, Solo Works | November 10, 2008
MEDIABISTRO’S GALLEY CAT: How to Survive Writing Layoffs | October 24, 2008
MEDIABISTRO’S GALLEY CAT: Recession Writing Tips | October 23, 2008
GLOBE AND MAIL: Going Solo: Do You Have It in You? | October 18, 2008
WORK IT, MOM! Michelle Goodman Dishes on Her Freelance Life | October 14-16, 2008
WOMEN ON WRITING: 20 Questions with Michelle Goodman | September 2008
TIME OUT NEW YORK: Getting the Job You Want | August 7-13, 2008
NEW YORK TIMES: For the Self-Employed, a Year-Round System Smooths Tax Time | April 3, 2008
FREELANCE SWITCH: Q&A with Michelle | March 25, 2008


The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube“…a witty-yet-practical look at what to do if you hit the snooze button repeatedly every workday morning or want to dump a boss who acts like ‘The Office’s’ big kahuna.”
Washington Post

“Ms. Goodman delivers vivid stories and solid advice in a tone that is lighthearted, hip and funny, with a sprinkling of activism about the rights of part-time workers.”
New York Times

“…irreverent yet practical advice…”

“Ever fantasized about life sans hellish boss and boring staff meetings? Michelle Goodman’s book can help you make the great escape. Whether you want to break into your dream industry as a freelancer or start your own business, The Anti 9-to-5 Guide is a handy desk resource for women whose ambitions run the gamut…”
Bust magazine (LitPick for February/March 2007)

“Snappy and practical, this guide to quitting your job at the ‘e-mail-saturated, meeting-happy cube farm’ will prove indispensable to any young professional itching to strike out on her own… From ‘sussing out the gigs’ to guidance on taxes and health insurance to battling ‘the inertia that binds one’s derriere to the sofa like a tongue to a frozen flagpole,’ Goodman covers all the aspects of going solo… an encouraging, buoyant lifesaver.”
Publishers Weekly

“Michelle Goodman delivers an honest, informed look at the perils and pluses of a freelance life… The Anti 9-to-5 Guide is a must-read for anyone who daydreams about smashing the time clock and feeding her soul.”
Seattle Times

“…blessedly free of the ladder-climbing ethos of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office and its ilk. The Anti 9-to-5 Guide may offer just the inspiration you need if you’re trying to overcome your trepidation about going freelance — or just the advice you need if you already have.”
Freelancers Union