Joe Fairless was an up-and-coming vice president at an ad agency in New York City. He was competing with the best of the best in business, but a few years into his fast-paced corporate life, his job wasn’t cutting it. “I wasn’t fulfilled,” he said. “I wanted out. I mentored college students while working at [...]
What most business owners want (and need) is to have it done, not to be told how to do it.
Don’t get so wrapped up in work that you forget to stay up with the current events of the business world! Amid all of the chaos, grab a cup of Joe and take a short reading break.
For all the years I was one-person business planning consulting, one of the hardest parts of surviving in that business was figuring out how much to charge the client. Of course I worried about charging too much and not getting the job. But on the other hand, charging too little devalues your work. It sends [...]
With unemployment on the rise, more and more people are looking to starting a new business or career. Over on MainStreet.com, Marc Kramer lists out his top tools for people looking to go into the consulting practice. Remember, companies still need professionals with a variety of skills but can’t afford to hire full-time people. You [...]
Consider this Part 4 of my “build your consulting business” series that began last week. It’s about focus. Focus is a huge advantage for a consultant. And I don’t mean just the obvious first level of focus, as in you’re consulting as an expert in business planning, marketing, advertising or web development. No, I mean [...]
So I’m having trouble not posting about the huge economic news today, but the series I started earlier this week on starting a consulting business seems even more relevant today. Also, Pam Campagna of Blue Sage Consulting posted a comment to my Part 1 that deserves repetition. She wrote: My story is a bit similar [...]
I could subtitle this post: Leave with a lifeline. One of the more important questions about your new consulting business is whether you have a choice. These are tough times. Are you consulting because you want that as a business, because you want to be on your own? Or are we talking about something that [...]
Be a consultant, they say. Enjoy freedom. Be your own boss. Be the expert. Charge big bucks for a few hours’ or a few days’ work, then hang out. Right — in your dreams. Setting yourself up as a consultant is certainly a timely topic these days–financial disasters and all–but I think I owe it [...]