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The Multi-Hyphen Method: Work less, create more, and design a career that works for you

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  695 ratings  ·  80 reviews

The Multi-Hyphen Method is an essential new business book for the digital age.

The internet and our phones mean we can work wherever, whenever and allow us to design our own working lives. In The Multi-Hyphen Method Emma Gannon teaches that it doesn't matter if you're a part-time PA with a blog, or a physio who runs an online jewellery store in the evenings - whatever y

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published May 31st 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was so excited to read this (actually, listen to it) but found it thin. Maybe I know more about side-hustling that I thought, but there was very little advice where I thought, ‘Oo, that’s good, I’ll try that.’ I mean, the author’s offerings include tips like ‘try to put aside some money for tax.’ Hmm. Also, I’d have liked to have heard more about/from parents looking for flexibility - the stuff that WAS in there felt a bit tokenistic, yet becoming a parent MUST be the reason most people start ...more
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars

Some of the key messages:
- Work smarter not harder
- Everyone has a different definition of success
- Everyone has a different definition of work/life balance
- Build transferable skills rather than being specialised (although I partly disagree as there are professions / roles which require specific skills i.e. dev)

Not revolutionary ideas, but important to raise and remind people of. (This is why I have rated it a 1.5 rather than a 1)

But my main issue with the book was the writing; it was
Megan Staunton
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a fantastic book full of useful, practical and takeaway advice on how to create a career that works for you. Whether that’s asking for flexible working hours in your current job, discussing burnout culture with tips on how to avoid this, and giving you that much needed motivation to turn your side hustle into a start up, this book acknowledges that the world of work is changing and tells you how you can take control of this and make the most from your job.
C. S.
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a better book than a lot of similar titles that I've read this year.

I really liked that there was an entire chapter about money, where in other books, it's hardly mentioned. It was also really gratifying how Gannon pointed out that hobbies are different than monetizable jobs, and that it's totally ok to do something jut for yourself. A lot of these types of book really try to sell you on the go big or go home mentality, and it was both soothing and refreshing how practical Gannon was whe
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this book insightful and hugely useful in thinking about multiple income streams and how to make a work routine that suits your lifestyle.
That said, I think it’s important to make it known that this book is aspirational and I’m not sure how realistic it is for people who come from less privileged backgrounds. I don’t mean to detract from the amazing book that the writer has curated, but the only way I can see moving to a ‘multi-hyphen’ career working is by having a fairly substantial nes
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm always wary of any sort of business books just because it can never be specific enough to the reader and this is no exception. I just felt like the book regurgitated a lot of other books or studies, didn't say anything that wasn't sort of obvious and didn't come away feeling like I'd gained anything from the couple of days I read it when on holiday (other than a sick tan).
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Phenomenal read that has made me think more about what our expectations are of what work can and should be.
Jessica Shelley
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Insightful, refreshing, and motivating.

(And the chapter on money left me sleeping a little easier at night. It's nice to know we are not alone.)
Ash Gibson
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Such a brilliant perspective on the future of work, millennials (or not), business and doing what’s right for you and your future. Plus Emma’s a super-talented story-teller. Check it out.
Alicia R
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I thought there was a lot of fluff until I got to chapter 7, where it got more interesting. Wish I’d skimmed through the first 6 chapters, which felt like a long magazine article.
That said, it was inspirational, there is no doubt about that.
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic insight into a new way of working. Lots of useful advice for anyone wanting to take the leap from the traditional one job, 9-5 structure to a work-life fit that works for you.
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I loved hearing these stories [mini case stories], especially how different some of the mixes are and how they make it work...there is no one-size-fits-all solution nor one answer, it's a personal and individual set-up, but there are lots and lots of people who are making it work and mixing and matching their careers. And you can do it too."

This is a work and career guide with a difference because it celebrates various strengths skills, encourages flexible working and dividing up your working w
Sep 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junk
Gannon seems to have only one skill: how to rub some of the fame off famous people.

The text is shallow, unintelligent and like coming from someone like Gannon: a blogger that day in, day out has to mill texts in order to keep the interest alive.

No, *success porn* is not something new. Starting with the stories with the unknown-to-him the commoner is discovered to be a prince and ending up with ancient folk tales about the smart peasant boy who defeated the dragon and got the right to rape the ki
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
In 'The Multi-Hyphen Method' Emma Gannon discusses the idea of designing a career that incorporates multiple income streams and multiple interests to create more flexibility and happiness in our working lives. It's a great practical look at what it means to find the different interests and strengths that we each have so that we can create a career that incorporates each. She also discusses some of the more nitty gritty aspects of money, flexibility, and how to ask to go part time so that yo
Charlotte Booth
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very well-written and well-researched book but I really don't think I was the intended audience. Although the author claims this book was for all generations it was clearly written with Millennials and Gen Z in mind.

The premise behind the book is that in a changing working market more people are living what she refers to as the Multi-Hyphen Life; essentially working two or three different careers alongside each other (e.g. blogger-coach-graphic design). The concept itself is not new
In The Multi-Hyphen Life, Emma Gannon's tackles what it means to have a portfolio career in the digital age. .She defines it as balancing multiple income streams while making sure that you don't become extinct in a workplace that is changing at lightning speed. She says, "The Multi-Hyphen Life is about taking control; harnessing multiple skills and housing them under one career roof." This is not a novel concept as it was introduced by management guru Charles Handy in the book, The Empty Raincoa ...more
Sarah Eustache
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 3.5 - rounded up to 4 stars.

I really enjoyed this listen of the Multi-Hyphen Method and I am a fan of having several "job titles". I also enjoyed the author as the narrator.

The idea of multi-hyphen life or carrying several job titles is a semi-new thing happening in the business world. People aren't satisfied with the status quo one job title of a typical 9 to 5 job, thats where the multi-hyphen life comes in. We are seeing more and more professionals that have a day job, but also
I want to start by saying that I really like Emma Gannon; I have her on pretty much every platform and consume as much of her work as possible. Her work is always very well researched, is engaging and relevant.

However, I was a bit disappointed in this book. The first half just felt like a repetition of:
1. Amazingly well-written thoughts on how the world of work is today.
2. Complaining about that really bad job she had.
3. Bragging that her current set-up is really awesome.

I felt really resent
Hayley James
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed this one, it’s for people who have side hustles, want to be more creative, have more flexible work hours and multiple streams of income. It talks about how the world is changing and technology is changing out workplaces very fast and we need to change along with it so the rug doesn’t get swept out from under us all of a sudden because there are gonna be jobs appearing in the next few years that don’t even exist yet, and the job you are doing now isn’t necessarily gonna be your “fo ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is just OK. A bit thin and like reading a series of blogposts rather than a carefully thought-out book. I didn't think it touched as much on having a multi-hyphen career as it touched on random tips and lists of definitive dos and don'ts of the Internet. I don't like it personally when a book frames suggestions in a way that tells me exactly what to do and not do. That gets bit know-it-all-y, although I realise for many people it may be a lot of useful information. Not much here that I ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, e-arc
The Multi-Hyphen Life is a great guide for anyone with a hobby, side-hustle, or an itch to go freelance with their career. Emma Gannon offers practical advice for taking back your time, embracing your skills, and creating a work-life balance that is fulfilling. Centered around the idea that technology has changed the way we work, this book pushes the idea that it's more important to develop individual skills or hyphens that you can take from job to job as our old careers become obsolete. Our ada ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Mixed feelings. I give it 3 stars mostly for the value I got out of it at this particular place in my life. Also - I’ve done her course on Skillshare before the book, the 1h workshop she gives there is actually very useful, possibly more so than the book ;-) (you can sign up for 2-months free trial of Skillshare)
So I love the idea, and also happy about a massive confidence boost I got from seeing my preferred approach to work validated, and some inspiring examples of people who have multi-hyphen
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This is one of the first 'business' books I've ever actively purchased for myself, and I found it motivating at a very transitional point in my life. It's relevant, accessible, and breaks Emma's philosophy down into digestible chunks. Much like the author's career, the book itself is a hybrid of research, lists, and more conversational passages. Definitely a book for 'now'.

My only bit of trepidation when reading it was the emphasis it places on building a brand online. However, the book does we
Kaitlyn Joy
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
I think for me this book was okay but as someone who lives in the United States and unhealthy felt like it didn't account for benefits such as healthcare that people can't afford to lose.

I think that if you are healthy or live in a society (like the UK) with universal coverage this book could be helpful. I wish I knew more about the author's story and what she was doing and how she got there before I took her advice.

I didn't really think this was different from other advice books from other ca
Pretty Bibliophile
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfic-self-help
This was a really interesting book and I really enjoyed listening to it. As a blogger myself, I found it very much relevant. Maintaining a side hustle is not easy but to hear a fellow person (an established one, rather) is very much freeing in away. I got a ton of wonderful ideas and I am so looking forward to implementing them! It was also very quick actually and the activities were interesting and unlike the boring ones found in most books of this time - in fact, so boring that I entirely skip ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was insightful, inspiring and very useful! Not only does it include real life anecdotes, research and resources and exercises, but it's easy to read, friendly and approachable. I appreciate how Emma took the time to outline how the 9-5 desk job has changed and how employers should be more open-minded and flexible in management.
I found it helpful and relevant as someone in the beginning of their marketing career and hoping to grow and develop outside my day to day job. I definitely reco
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
The style of this was very conversational, very chatty, and although very inviting, it did start to feel like listening to someone rambling. There was a lot of repetition, and sometimes I'd have to check the chapter number/title as I was convinced I'd already read it. The most useful, practical tip I'd learnt was that it's okay to ask for a half day a week from the nine-to-five for a side hustle. I'd have liked more tips on how to balance your side hustle and a full-time job as well as the bagga ...more
Rebecca Rogers
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm going to give three stars because I found myself noting down some ideas and exercises for later in thinking what's really important to me (basic but often forgotten) and good ways to lay them out (or find what's important to others) plus some extra reading that was referenced. However I found the writing really repetitive, the idea of flexible working could have been covered in one chapter not every page of the book. [Maybe I'm a bit negative as I love my 9-5 job and it has recently moved to ...more
Mukesh Gupta
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got a digital review copy of this book via NetGalley. If you are looking for answers to your questions about side-hustles or want to lead a life of multiple interests and dont know where to start, this book and her podcast could be a great start.

What I liked about the book:
- The book was full of practical tips about very practical questions that anyone who is living a multi-hyphen life will have.
- The book is easy, simple and fun to read.

What could have been different:
- I felt that there
Pam Sartain
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I had seen this book being recommended by a number of people I follow on Instagram, and when I spotted that my library had it, it was a no brainer that I needed to read it.

I’m really glad I did, as I feel that it covers a range of topics from realising that you can ask for flexible time, how to talk to start talking to someone without asking ‘so, what do you do?’, to realising what your version of success is.

No matter what you do as a way of making money, this book is interesting and relevant, e
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