Summary of The Economy of You

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The Economy of You book summary
With the constant threat of downsizing and job security a thing of the past, many people turn to “side-gigs” for financial security.


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In previous decades, many employees held lifetime jobs that provided benefits and pensions. In the modern era, many people – including, most conspicuously, many millennials – can’t find work. Those who have jobs worry that they might lose them due to cutbacks. US News & World Report money editor Kimberly Palmer, a financial planner, shows employees of all ages how to organize “side-gigs” or second jobs with an entrepreneurial bent. Creating an extracurricular business you can turn into a living puts you in charge of your prospects and takes your career out of the hands of a company that could be vulnerable to downsizing. getAbstract suggests this timely, useful guide to workers who want to protect themselves or make a little extra cash.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What a “side-gig” is and why you might want one,
  • What some of today’s most popular side-gigs are,
  • What potential income you can reap from side-gigs, and
  • Which do’s and don’ts apply when planning and executing a side-gig.


Life on the Tightrope
As a senior editor at US News & World Report, author Kimberly Palmer sought a little extra financial independence and control of her time and her life. With today’s constant downsizing, she wanted to protect herself against a possible future layoff. Palmer...
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About the Author

Kimberly Palmer, senior money editor at US News & World Report wrote Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing and Giving Back.

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