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The Multi-Hyphen Method

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  495 ratings  ·  54 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

Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 2nd 2019 by Hodder Paperbacks
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Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
George Budd
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).
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.)
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phenomenal read that has made me think more about what our expectations are of what work can and should be.
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ashleigh Gibson
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Hayley Gullen
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very positive and motivating read for anyone interested in the possibilities of a multi-stranded career. It's very much aimed at professionals with a creative/digital strand to their expertise, making use of the possibilities of the Internet.

The most helpful part of the book for me was the advice about how to sell yourself online, and how to network effectively. I felt some of the other sections could have done with a bit more practical advice - for example when she raises the issue
Alicia R
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
"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
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
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
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Rebecca Rogers
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
Pam Sartain
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the second part immensely, as it had several practical and doable tips and tricks. However, the first part dwelled way too much on the advantages of being a multi-hyphenate, so much so that it felt like listening to a broken record, because Gannon was basically saying the same thing but through different perspectives, which I wish would've been more explored rather than being a gateway to say how great it is to be a multi-hyphenate. I also wasn't a huge fan of the writing style, as it ...more
Karen Morley-Chesworth
A really interesting look at how the workplace is changing, with some great advice from someone who has a portfolio career.
However if you are looking for a guide to going freelance, this isn't a how to book.
A lot of referencing to studies and reports, yet the information is both useful and interesting.
Well worth a read if you don't feel you fit into the 9-5, corporate world, and are looking for a better was of living and working.
Lindy Callahan
I love Emma Gannon's blog and social media presence, so I had to check her new book out. I think that a lot of what she has to share is already being practiced by many millennials in particular. This book is a run down on the need for multiple streams of income in today's economy — for personal fulfillment and financial security. She provides ideas for those looking to get started, and inspiration for those of us who plan to continue.
Gemma Milne
Nice for a beginner on the topic - I think if I'd read it 2 years ago it would have massively accelerated my thinking! It felt validating reading it now, if a little 'obvious', but again I think that might be because I'm already freelance! Would recommend for people considering freelancing for sure!
Although I struggled to read this at first - when I was actually planning my multi-hyphenate business - I have been able to speed through it now, six months into said work. Initially, I found most of the comments and advice more suited to those in their 20s, and unfortunately I never got to grips with her writing style, but I did pick up some tips from the book.
Kay Daniels
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is, essentially Charles Handy's original portfolio career theory, but we can now take advantage of today's tech and the opportunities that affords us. We can now be more nimble and efficient when running our businesses. I have always loved the idea of working this way. The book didn't exactly give me new ideas, but did give me encouragement and fired me up to continue along my path.
Rachel Hill
Really enjoyed this book overall. Thought it gave a great insight and reassurance into leading a different lifestyle and work approach. Felt the author's writing could have been a bit more refined and a bit less repetitive. Also thought she could have been more specific and elaborated more on some points, i.e. freelance rates. I'm looking forward to seeing what else she has to offer though.
Vicky Griffith
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good introduction to an exciting new way to work but lacks specificity -- maybe that's asking too much though as things are changing so fast it's likely anything recorded is obsolete before it's printed. If you're in early stages of juggling lots of jobs though, or maybe just thinking about it, this is a very inspiring little book.
Gum Ang
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is apt to have finished this book at the turning point of my lift. Although short, but is half mind provocative and half down-to-eartly types of advise. Experience a new mindset which is real and happening right now. The change of our working economy.
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