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The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  613 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Carrie Wilkerson offers the opportunity to live life on your terms. Want to start your workday with e-mail and coffee on the back patio? Want the flexibility of joining your fourth grader on an all-day field trip? Are you ready to take that vacation you've been planning for years? Then you have a choice to make, and "The Barefoot Executive" will help jump-start your transi ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 22nd 2011 by HarperCollins Leadership
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May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I have had this book for what seems like forever and I finally got around to listening to it. The author did a great job with her own narration. Her voice was pleasant and she was positive and encouraging. As I listened to this, I kept thinking about someone in particular who might benefit from this. So that was enough to pull in my complete attention. While some of this I thought would be useful for him, I not sure all of it would be.

There were a few things that effected me negatively. I'll ju
Aug 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
A guidebook for people who would pursue not a single million-dollar idea, but a million single-dollar ideas, as the author suggests. I'm not so sure that's sound advice, but overall this book's got a lot of decent guidance for people who want to transition from "barefoot and pregnant" to "barefoot and profitable" through some sort of work-from-home business. I think weaning oneself from the corporate salary teat is something more folks should aspire to, so I can't disagree with the goal, I just ...more
Holly Davis
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly helpful book for a newbie entrepreneur who doesn't know anything about starting their own business. My goal is to create passive income and this book has given me the tools to do just that. Everything was well thought-out and explained clearly. I'm excited to implement these strategies! ...more
Vern Harrison
Feb 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
One long repetitive infomercial.
Cheryl Malandrinos
The Barefoot Executive isn't a how-to book that takes you step-by-step through how to start your own business. Instead, it is a book that motivates and encourages your dreams. You'll discover how to take skills you already have, determine what business model you're interested in, and how to be successful in the marketplace. Even in crowded markets you can be successful because you are unique and offer your own unique perspective. You can provide the answers to the questions people are asking.

penny shima glanz
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised. There are lots you can gloss over but there are nuggets that stopped me short and made me rethink my mindset. It isn't syrupy, it isn't all "look-at-me! I make X million a day and I suckered you into buying (or library borrowing) and taking the time (aka $) to read it and there isn't much in it". There is much in it. While the book isn't perfect (something about it is tugging at me but I'm not yet able to define what), it can appeal to a range of individuals, no matte ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: work-related
Some good ideas and motivational passages buried by too much repetition; I got tired of hearing about weight loss and paying off huge debt and spending time with children. The author should have enough anecdotes from her long, successful career as a coach to make her points with a new story each time rather than repeatedly citing her 100 pound weight loss. I understand the premise that our personal challenges, victories and experience are logical jumping off points for starting a business but th ...more
Aug 29, 2011 marked it as to-read
I am wondering if this book would be worth adding to the list of an entrepreneur's book club for reading in the upcoming year... ...more
Sotiris Makrygiannis
3 stars if you are a mom and you want an extra income from blogs or affiliate networks. On my notes, I had only one good tip but then again I'm reading way too many books like this. ...more
My opening thought, Carrie Wilkerson is very careful with how she has crafted her image.... Go ahead, do a google search. If you thought Beyonce wanted that photo gone, it seems like Carrie has done a better job of removing any negative, or non-business information about herself from the web. It seems interesting because her 'brand' is to seem personable and like your best friend or solid compatriot, and yet, she exists in a bubble of just her work, and just what she wants to show of her work. I ...more
Kelvin Kao
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Upbeat, pleasant book on starting a business. It's a good, concise review / introduction. Nothing revolutionary, though, if you've read books in this genre, but really it's all about the tone and story, right? In terms of a framework to refer back to, chapters 17, 18, and 19 are good for that. The first half of the book is motivational stuff that, if this isn't your first book in this genre, is just preaching to the choir. ...more
Katherine G. MacRae
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
While this book was written in 2011 and I wish I would have read it then, (and the reference links to her videos and resources are no longer under the barefoot executive brand), just about every piece of advice in an avalanche of good business counsel Carrie Wilkerson offers, in her most enthusiastic way, still holds true today. This is one of THE best business books to give you that swift well placed kick you needed. Highly recommended.
For some reason I was expecting a lighter approach to self-made six figures (for once a book that only promes 999.999 monies tops, not millions) but this was same old same old in the internet era. Nothing new, and once again it's clear that one doesn't get successful by listening to a book about entrepreneurship. Maybe repetition is the key? ...more
Zsolt Parnaki
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, and while it was inspiring, it was full of banalities and false promises. TLDR: the route to success is to be very good at something, or write a book about your route to success as a writer/speaker.
Barry Ryan
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I need all the help I can get and Carrie Wilkerson is rooting for me ^_^
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was different than what I expected. Didn't love it. ...more
Ryan Barnum
It was okay.

Good stories and some inspiration and how-to, but with too much repetition and poor writing skills. She should have edited it more before sending it to the publisher.
Kesavan Hariharasubramanian
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Useful tips and food for thought for kick-starting your own venture!
Melody Warnick
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good starter guide for people who want to think of themselves as entrepreneurs.
John Randall
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a good book with lots of good information but just not exceptional or above average. Easy read.
Doris Swift
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Carrie Wilderson will kick your butt! Can I say that? Inspiring, challenging, and motivating this book has a powerful message and love the personal stories she shares.
Chris Castillo
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book, the author gives a good introduction on ways to start your business.
Wendy Orvis
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: business
It’s an okay book for a person getting into direct sales who lacks experience but really covers nothing new in the field of entrepreneurship.
Laney Hill
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Not a lot of new information, but a lot of reminders about what it takes to grow a strong business
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Nice to listen to. Very broad stroke advice.
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review cross-posted on my blog
In the Barefoot Executive, Carrie Wilkerson gives the reader practical business advice, from her own personal experience. She presents real applications and practical techniques using interactive, thought-provoking questions and exercises throughout, it’s like having your own personal coaching session on-demand, in book format. She takes the reader through the process of starting their own business, from investigating their options and skill sets all the way to crea
Alain Burrese
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed “The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom” by Carrie Wilkerson. It's an inspiring and motivating read that encourages the reader to be their own boss and achieve financial freedom by growing their own business. There are some good lessons here, but mostly it is a book that opens the reader's eyes to possibilities and points them toward greater achievement if they believe and take action on those possibilities.

The book is divided
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am a big believer that you can always learn. And you should always be learning. So, when I was sent a copy of The Barefoot Executive: The ULTIMATE MANUAL For Being Your Own Boss & Achieving Financial Freedom to review, I was excited to start reading it because I can always learn from one of my main topics that I blog about and podcast about: business.

Business is such a broad topic that you can write tons about it from all sorts of views and perspectives. Author Carrie Wilkerson, founder/owner
Nicole Elliott
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I am a proud barefoot executive. After my first child was born I found myself growing tired of spending hours of my day perusing Facebook, watching Sesame Street, and going through the motions. Now, don't get me wrong! First and for most I am a wife and a mommy, and I love love LOVE both of these things! In fact it was my love of these things that had me determine to be a stay at home mom. I found myself wanting more though, I knew that with my skills and with all that is available to me today w ...more
Sally Ferguson
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Several months ago, I read The Barefoot Executive by Carrie Wilkerson, and am still processing all of the information contained in that one volume. It got me really excited because it’s packed with practical tips and necessary tools to run your own business, but it also really frustrated me because I want to try everything at once! Wilkerson would say “whoa” to that idea. Her mantra is to try one thing at a time until it becomes profitable.

For anyone who wants to expand their income, there come
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