Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself

Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself

Daniel H. Pink / Apr 07, 2020

Free Agent Nation The Future of Working for Yourself Widely acclaimed for its engaging style and provocative perspective this book has helped thousands transform their working lives Now including a page resource guide that explains the basics of wor

  • Title: Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself
  • Author: Daniel H. Pink
  • ISBN: 9780446678797
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Paperback
  • Widely acclaimed for its engaging style and provocative perspective, this book has helped thousands transform their working lives Now including a 30 page resource guide that explains the basics of working for oneself.It s about fulfillment A revolution is sweeping America On its front lines are people fed up with unfulfilling jobs, dysfunctional workplaces, and dead endWidely acclaimed for its engaging style and provocative perspective, this book has helped thousands transform their working lives Now including a 30 page resource guide that explains the basics of working for oneself.It s about fulfillment A revolution is sweeping America On its front lines are people fed up with unfulfilling jobs, dysfunctional workplaces, and dead end careers Meet today s new economic icon the free agent men and women who are working for themselves And meet your future.It s about freedom Free agents are the marketing consultant down the street, the home based mompreneur, the footloose technology contractor Already 30 million strong, these 21st century pioneers are creating lives with meaning and often money Free Agent Nation is your ticket to this world.It s about time Now, you can discover The kind of free agent you can be soloist, temp, or microbusiness and how to launch your new career.How to get the perks you once received from your boss health insurance, office space, training, workplace togetherness, even water cooler gossip.Why the free agent economy is increasingly a woman s world and how women are flourishing in it.The transformation of retirement how older workers are creating successful new businesses and whole new lives through the Internet.

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      • Daniel H. Pink

        Daniel H Pink is the author of six provocative books including his newest, When The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, to be published in January 2018 His other books include the long running New York Times bestseller A Whole New Mind and the 1 New York Times bestsellers Drive and To Sell is Human His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into 35 languages He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their three children.


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    1. Exceptional book on what Pink calls “the future of working for yourself.” He developed this book after more than a year of face-to-face interviews with several hundred workers, describing it as “as ground-level view of a revolution in how Americans work and live.” Pink is not saying that everyone will become a free agent (or should, includes a link to a website with password to find out if you are cut of the free agent cloth), but many will be making the leap. He writes in an entertainin [...]


    2. This is another interesting book from Daniel Pink about the intersection of cultural trends, market forces, and an individual's place amidst them. Once upon a time, people found themselves easily within families, nations, corporations, or other "ideological apparatuses" to paraphrase Louis Althusser. Now, however, all the machines are broken and decentralized. Pink does a great job of putting a lot of this into focus.On the other hand, most of what he writes here is patently obvious. Maybe it wa [...]


    3. The first half or so was surprisingly good for a 15 year old book. The second half, which was lots of prognosticating about life in the 2010's, has not aged super well. Overall a worthwhile read and a good companion piece to The Startup of You.


    4. As someone desperately seeking to work for himself, this book was invaluable because it recounted dozens of stories about people who left their jobs and succeeded in working independently in various arenas.


    5. Interesting chapters: Chapter 15, 16. The rest is boring: uninteresting details, or obvious if you've given any thought to freelancing.Might be good if you are new to or utterly bemused by freelancing; otherwise, not recommended (except perhaps the chapters mentioned above) -- just read the chapter summaries the author provides.Interesting tidbits:1/4 of workers in America are freelancers; 2/3 in California hold non-traditional jobs.Most people find jobs through contacts; and 5/6 of those cases, [...]


    6. Daniel Pink - Free Agent NationSometimes a book is overtaken by history. Daniel Pink's Free Agent Nation is an optimistic look at the future, where more people will work for themselves and an entire economy will be reorganized to accomodate this growing army of Free Agents. But it's a book from 2001, written before 9/11 and before the Credit Crunch. So with hindsight it's an overly optimistic book.Does that mean that it was a waiste of time to read it. No, certainly not. Pink is an engaging writ [...]


    7. Now, I just want to say up front I love Dan Pink, that is to say, I’m a big Dan Pink fan, which made it even worse to be so disappointed with Free Agent Nation.  It’s not that he didn’t have anything useful to say on the topic of starting your own business, just that it all seemed a bit trite and the ideas regurgitated from somewhere else.  He talked a lot about why being a freeagent was changing the world (really? a big claim) but not much about how.What I did like about this book is [...]


    8. En su libro Free Agent Nation, Daniel H. Pink describe un país cuya fuerza de trabajo está constituida cada vez más por «agentes libres», es decir, trabajadores que son profesionales por cuenta propia, contratistas independientes, asesores y otros trabajadores autónomos, muchos de los cuales establecen sus propios horarios. Según Pink, ya hay cerca de treinta y tres millones de agentes libres u hombres y mujeres en «desorganización» en Estados Unidos, más de una cuarta parte del total [...]


    9. FAN provides a lot of insight on why and how a growing number of workers trade the security of a fixed paycheck, by the security of having a diversified portfolio of income sources, the opportunities ahead, the challenges they will face, and the benefits they will get.Written at the start of the century, it foresaw many of trends that materialized later, and are still currently (2017) relevant, particularly in the context of globalization (and its impact such as a growing inequality, and the gro [...]


    10. Good historical and cultural background to the changing landscape of work. Interesting to read the book now and see what predictions came true and which ones we are still waiting for. Definitely not the book to read if you need to kick start yourself into self employment. It is very much a background work bordering on academic. For more hands on guidance I would recommend Pam Slim's Escape from Cubicle Nation, Chris Guillebeau's The $100 Startup, or Jon Acuff's Quitter. Those three are more curr [...]


    11. Interesting book and amazingly still relevant, probably even more so than when the author wrote it in 2001. I usually think it's interesting to see how predictions have changed when a book is older -- this is a pretty timeless one. His theories on more people choosing to work independently rather than for large corporations is even more relevant after coming through the financial crisis. Sadly, I wish some of his predictions on small business taxes, healthcare and other social policies had come [...]


    12. This might be the book that really started us on the path to getting an LLC going. A friend of mine lent me a copy of this book. Although I didn't have time to read much of it Gary just loved it. He put post-it notes on page after page.Although it may paint the picture of being you own boss as a bit too rosy, it does give you some good ideas about what's going to be involved in leaving the world of being an employee.


    13. Lots of values in here that resonate with me. The book is quite dry, and seems a little dated (2001) -- it would be interesting to see newer numbers to see how these trends progressed, especially in light of services like AWS and Stripe that make it easier than ever to independently serve your stuff to the world. Feels like a bit of a companion to The Cluetrain Manifesto.


    14. Dan Pink's first book is his densest--he's honed his writing a great deal in his two books since. The first half is good, but the second half really starts to drag and is kind of dated. Eight years of the Bush administration and corporation-friendly policies have probably set back some of the predictions made in this book by a decade or so.


    15. An absolutely fantastic book that hasn't aged well in some spots (it was written in 2001), 'Free Agent Nation' still feels of-the-moment. Whether by choice or by force, a bigger and bigger chunk of the American workforce is becoming independent. The W-2s are being replaced by 1099s. This book spins out the ramifications of that change on the personal and societal level. Recommended.


    16. Work at your own terms, at your own size, at your own choice of locations from Starbucks to the public library and earn a good living out of it. The basis of a free agent that is conceived in this book


    17. Loved the ideas and research. Some chapters were a bit boring, and the book could have been shorter. But because of the importance of the topic, I feel this is a must read for anyone not satisfied with being a corporate man or woman.


    18. Seeing at an aggregated level what is happening increasingly with personal acquaintances helps open the eyes for risk management 2.0.



    19. Even though this book was written in 2001, it carries important truths about the new social contract of employment


    20. An interesting read. Starts out with well-reasoned hypotheses, but moves to fantastical speculation by the end of the book.




    21. Another book by Daniel Pink with great insights that I wish I had read sooner. If you are thinking of "going out on your own", read this book today.




    22. Interesting data presented. Some of the same ideas can be explored and be seen applied in Pink's Johnny Bunko" manga, which is a 20 minute read and worth checking out.


    23. This is a dry read for me, More Scientific like a thesis paper than anything helpful on how to BE a free agent.




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