The Economy of You by Kimberly Palmer: Book Review

On May 1, 2013 I walked out of my full-time accounting job for the last time. I never would have been able to see that dream realized if I hadn’t started this blog, and freelance business, on the side of my day job.

Little did I know, I was recession-proofing my life and building my own economy. Now I’ve discovered that I really am an entrepreneur and have something of value to offer.

What is The Economy of You?

The new world of work has changed and the success of our futures depends on our ability to recession-proof our careers and invest in ourselves. If you’ve heard of The Share Economy, you’ll be well-versed in what it means to create The Economy of You, and that’s what this book is about.

Economy of You by Kimberly Palmer

Alongside Kimberly’s personal story of launching her own side business on Etsy, she shares lots of stories from other side-giggers from across the United States.

If you’ve been on the fence about starting a business on the side of your full-time job — in an effort to quit your job, create more freedom, or follow your passion — NOW is the time. The stories in the book will give you the ideas and motivation to finally jumpstart your side hustle.

About the Author

Kimberly Palmer is the senior money editor and Alpha Consumer blogger at U.S. News & World Report and author of Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back. She has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CNBC, CNN, and local television and radio shows across the country to talk about making smart money decisions. She has also written for the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Asahi Shimbun/International Herald Tribune in Tokyo as a Henry Luce Scholar. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in history from Amherst College. Kimberly lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband and their two children. — Source

About the Book

When you first pick up the book you might think it will take a lot of time to read. But it’s basically divided into several sections, with the stories and meat of the book only  being 140ish pages.

I was able to read through this book within 3 days, mostly because the stories were so captivating too! Then towards the end of the book you have the chance to fill out worksheets to narrow down what your next side-gig could be.

Finally, you’ll see more real-life examples of side-gigs and star side-giggers (including me!) who are profiled at the end who share their personal experiences.

  • the economy of you ebookIntroduction: Do the Hustle
  • Chapter 1: Give Me a Reason
  • Chapter 2: The Master Plan
  • Chapter 3: Banking on It
  • Chapter 4: Finding Friends
  • Chapter 5: Putting it Out There
  • Chapter 6: Time Is Money
  • Chapter 7: Dust Yourself Off
  • Chapter 8: Karma
  • Chapter 9: Endgame
  • Chapter 10: The Future of Side-Gigs
  • The Economy of You Handbook: Exercises and Worksheets
  • The Top Fifty Side-Gigs
  • Star Side-Giggers
  • Five Common Pitfalls to Avoid

Biggest Takeaway

What I liked most about reading this book is the feeling that I’m not alone for wanting to diversify my passion and income streams. Many people (within my own circle of family and friends) don’t fully understand or support the benefits that having a side hustle can bring.

Basically, they don’t understand how important it is to discover your inner entrepreneur, but this book shares evidence to the fact that it’s a smart idea. So whether you’re thinking of starting a side-gig or are already a star side-gigger, this book will give you the boost you need!

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Win a copy of The Economy of You

This giveaway is over. Get a chance to win a copy of Kimberly’s new book, The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life, during our next #ClubChat.

How? Head over to and RSVP. Then join us on Twitter on Tuesday 3/4 at 2pm EST for our Q&A twitterchat with the author, using our hashtag.

clubchat with Kimberly Palmer

[I did not get paid to write this, and I did personally read the book. As always, the opinions expressed are my own.]
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