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

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  811 ratings  ·  127 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
DNF at 38%

I was hoping this book would either give me practical information or feel more like a memoir-lite with interesting personal stories. Instead I found it to be dull and repetitive with information I was already aware of. It also felt a little narrow in scope in terms of not considering the effect of things like race, ethnicity, and family background in the opportunities people have and how they approach things. I live a multi-hyphen life myself so I assumed this would be either useful or
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).
Prajakta | dancingbibliophile
The title of the book seemed quite promising which led me to get this book for Advanced Review. Though the narration was good, done by the author herself, I didn't find anything to be called a breakthrough. The book underlines that the definition of success is different for different people and it's okay to have multiple job profiles and income sources in today's day and age. While this proves to be true in the current scenario, it felt like the book was rushed through without providing prominen ...more
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
“Work less, create more and design a life that works for you”

This amazing book tackles the topic of living a multi-hyphen life. Multi-hyphenism normalises the way people are choosing their own work life balance steering away from traditional full time work and juggling multiple incomes.

The days of a transitional 9-5 role with single income is on the outer. Millennials are choosing to have a role with flexibility and enabling them to have a side hustle or side skills that blend ones entrepreneur
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.
Maria Elena
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book really resonated with me and I would recommended it to anyone who doesn’t feel like having one direct straightforward career or one single organization in sight for their professional journey. People interested in considered options in their path, reinventing themselves and potentially looking to have more than one source of income (especially if they are from unrelated professional activities).

Why I found this book as a good reflection, but also a great collection of new ideas:
1. Th
Mary Reagan Richardson (mary_reagans_books)
The Multi-Hyphen Life is a book that emphasizes how to make yourself marketable in an ever changing world. It focuses on how the job market has changed in modern history and how to adapt to a more productive way of working.

I loved this audiobook. It was so refreshing to hear someone who isn't extremely productive in the 9-5 workday model talk about the steps she took to become more diverse in the work force. I don't usually do self help books and I would not call this book that. This book is mo
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.
Daphné Moreau
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
3,5 stars
Jadon Mann
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a surprisingly poignant, thoughtful, well-crafted perspective on the modern workforce! I really enjoyed this read.

As useful as this book might be to some folks, however, I found it equally... depressing, in a way? Not for any fault of the author's, because I think she did a fantastic job. I just felt kinda sad about the general state of the world while reading this book. The Multi-Hyphen Life feels like a bandaid for a larger societal problem; it's a damn good band-aid, mind you, but I feel
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Multi-Hyphen Life // by Emma Gannon

From the NetGalley description: "If you've been itching to convert your craft into a career, your side-hustle into a start-up, or just want to think about work-life balance in a new way, then The Multi-Hyphen Life is for you."

In The Multi-Hyphen Life, Emma Gannon explains what she thinks the future will look like in the work force and how we as workers can prepare ourselves for it better. She also speaks about how having multiple jobs, rather than a single
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to read the physical book (Thank you ShelfAwareness) as well as listen to the audiobook (Thank you NetGalley) and I really enjoyed the premise and delivery of this non-fiction, self-help book. Gannon lays out such inspiration, statistics, and very relevant references that everybody who reads this book will find the itch to start their own Multi-Hyphen journey. It will inspire you to look at your career life and ponder whether or not you are where you wa ...more
Rukhsar (rukhimonster)
I listened to this audiobook after reading Kidding Kidding: Childlike Solutions to Bullsh*t Adult Problems and the similarity of ideas and perspectives and perhaps even the redundancy of some concepts did not take away from this book at all. I would highly recommend this book to anyone questioning life, purpose, their career, lifestyle, or anyone that is making plans for the future (students, please read this!).

I loved absorbing this book as an audiobook because it nicely fit into my schedule wh
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.
Tine’s Reviews
“The Multi-Hyphenate Lifestyle is about giving yourself the confidence to not be defined by one thing,”

(Disclaimer: I would like to thank NetGalley and Andrew Mcmeel for this Audiobook. It will not influence my review.)

It is my second book to listened to in NetGalley Audiobook. I am also impressed on this platform because the Audiobook version is much more engaging, and the mere fact Emma Gannon is also the narrator is an A+.

The Multi-Hyphen Method was released two years ago. It highlights t
Jamie Jack
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Embrace the Multi-Faceted You

Audiobook Review:
This was a surprisingly eye-opening listen that got me thinking and appreciating what the author calls the multi-hyphen life. I had been living one for a long time but never had a name for it. Simply naming something sometimes actually helps you appreciate a complex idea. I'll admit that at times I haven’t known quite how to explain myself to new friends or on job interviews because everything seems to be so niched down these days. (I even had a men
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really speaks to me. It's filled with advice on how to craft a more complete identity and/or working life by diversifying what you do. Whether it's done for money or not, whether it's a step along the way to a career change or not, doesn't have to be decided at the outset but can still be a huge benefit right from the start.

I've considered on and off over the years whether I could make a living from something creative. I've always done various crafts but the option of doing something l
Almas Shamim
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
The Multi-Hyphen Life by Emma Gannon

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The book makes a case for why we need to adorn multiple hats in today's world, and not stick to any one career path. And that's it. That is all the book does. Goes on making a case till the end. Does not really give any practical advice on how to go about it.

In fact, the book is contradictory at many places. For eg. it begins by saying how much technology can help us in having a Multi-Hyphen Life (write blogs, start podcasts, sell your products online e
Brigitte Yuille
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Multi-Hyphen Life in many ways is a response to the Gig Economy. It also encourages people to do the work they love.

The Multi=Hyphen Life stresses not being bogged down by one career and having one job title. It advises being our whole self, exploring our career interests, and adding job titles related to the work experience that expresses our true and varied interests.

The author, Emma Gannon, recognizes that you will change career interests based on during different stages of your life an
Auste Skrupskyte
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Five stars, because it is one of a kind!

“According to (an online collaboration tool for startups), We spend thirty-one hours a month in unproductive meeting and 73 per cent of us do other work during those meetings.” - Emma Gannon, The Multi-Hyphen Menthod

It is not a book that talks about the job that you will finally fall in love with. It is not a book on how to be your “own boss”. It is a book that explores how can you create many great things and do different projects and jobs w
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
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