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Since I began my masters degree last year, I’ve had to reject a few offers to review books since I had so much reading to do for my classes. Since classes ended and I’ve been off for a month, I kind of wish I had a few books to read, but no offers came up…until this week.
Shannon Tani, author of “Save to Quit“, contacted me to ask if I would read and review her book (this is a free review, mind you). At first I said “send it over!”, but then she said it was an eBook. Honestly, I haven’t really been successful at reading books electronically, but I figured I would give it a shot. I had some downtime at the office yesterday (during lunch), so I opened up the book and started reading. And here’s my impression:
Introduction to “Save to Quit”
I have to be honest. I’ve seen a lot of “Work from home” sites, and they all seem to have a certain style to their sites. A bunch of big, flashy fonts, a narrative, and then finally the link to the “gimmick”. I usually give up reading before I get to the bottom and move along, which is probably what I would have done with the Save to Quit website, had I not read the book first. But luckily I did read the book first, and I’m glad I did.
I’m not an optimistic person by nature. In my life, that’s my wife. She’s the perky cheerleader who lifts my spirits when they’re (constantly) down. As soon as I began reading the Introduction in “Save to Quit”, I noticed that Shannon also exudes similar positive energy. Again, I’ll compare it all to the standard “Make Millions from Your Couch” type of writing, but in this case Shannon wasn’t writing with the intent to cash in on a multi-level-marketing scheme. Shannon is telling her actual story of how she succeeded in realizing her dream through perseverance, frugality, and discipline.
This book doesn’t try to pawn off some get-rich-quick scheme. Also, it doesn’t introduce any groundbreaking new ideas or practices (in my eyes). But what it does is lay the groundwork and foundation for you, the reader, to understand how to “Save to Quit” to achieve your own dreams, specifically of starting your own business.
No, she doesn’t try to sell you a “business opportunity”. Instead, Shannon talks specifically how she and her husband were able to save enough money in a short time to quit their jobs, move to Hawaii (from Japan) and work at starting their own business without taking on “day jobs” to support themselves. I won’t give away any secrets by telling you whether they succeeded on their first attempt to get a business off the ground though.
I was able to read “Save to Quit” in about an hour. The writing style was very engaging, and even had me picturing myself in her situation. Actually, I AM in her situation. Right now, we’re working on getting Stacie’s nutrition consultation practice off the ground, and I’ve found the motivation hard to come by since it’s all so overwhelming in addition to our day jobs and websites.
In our situation, though, Stacie could quit her job and we could still support ourselves (a bit painfully, I admit). Even so, Shannon presents a few easy steps that even we could use to instill some discipline and become proactive in our attempts at starting our business. Also, we can use these principles to save up enough money to move away from the big city and plant ourselves somewhere less rushed, noisy and stressful, without going into poverty along the way. That’s if it was our goal, which it may soon become.
In addition to the “Save to Quit” eBook, Shannon also included a PDF titled “500 Ways to Save Money“. Again, as with the book, there’s no groundbreaking things here, but many ideas that make you think “Duh! Why wasn’t I doing that already???“. I plan on having a series where I highlight some of the “Ways” and then expound on them further with my own experiences and thoughts.
So what’s the price of the eBook? It’s $17. Is it worth it? It depends. If you’re already well disciplined and know your goals, then you would probably only gain marginal value from the eBook, but you could still gain from “500 Ways to Save”. Now, if you want to quit the “rat race” and start your own business, but you’re afraid, or pessimistic, or just plain don’t know where to start, then the books are for you.
If you want to read yet another personal finance-related blog, I suggest heading over to Shannon’s site and subscribing. She has articles about frugality, recipes, saving money, making money and more. And she and I have similar writing styles. Some people have told me that I write as if I’m sitting there talking to you. Shannon does as well. I’m interested in reading more of her stuff now!
So my ultimate verdict is that the books (both of them) are intriguing, educational and informative. I like reading stories about how others accomplished their goals, but there’s a fine line between weaving a good story and sounding like a bad salesperson. Shannon wove a good story and actually gave me a number of ideas for short- and long-term goals for our own business ideas.
Again, this was not a sponsored post and I do not earn affiliate income from any links.