Monthly Archives: September 2011

What Pokemon and my 10-year-old son taught me about bootstrapping

In case you missed it, I have an article on Consulting Buzz titled “What Pokemon and my 10-year-old son taught me about bootstrapping“. My son is obsessed with Pokemon cards–as well as Legos, Star Wars, etc.–and was pestering me to let him buy some Pokemon cards. Not with my money, mind you, but with his…. Continue Reading

Income update: May – August 2011

I’ve been slacking on posting my income reports lately, but am getting back into the swing of things. Anywho, below is the breakdown of the past few months:… Continue Reading

Can you afford to lose your job? What no one told you about safeguarding yourself

In January 2007 , I lost my job at a software company where I’d worked for nearly 8 years. Shortly thereafter, I was fortunate to find a job at a non-profit, though earning less, and without health or retirement benefits. During the summer of 2008, my non-profit job dwindled to half-time, then ended completely by… Continue Reading

How I save $1,400 on my business phone service–every year

OK, you might be thinking, “Phone service?! How boring is that!” But wait! There’s a reason why I’m excited about this topic:  you’ll save a bunch of money. Seriously.  Each and every year, I save nearly $1,400.00.  Yep, and it was super easy. If you haven’t already realized, I’m a bit of a cheapskate.  It’s… Continue Reading

How I made the switch from employee to consultant

I’m really excited about this, because a lot of people ask me about my story and how I got started consulting, and I’m getting to share it in detail. Does this describe you? You haven’t started freelancing/consulting, and are wondering how to get started–especially if you already have a day job. You’ve already done some… Continue Reading

Tired of scrambling for business? Surprising, proven ways to get new clients: Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, I talked about: the stress of having to constantly scramble for new business, how desperation is detrimental to your business, and several ways to snag new clients. Now, I’ll show you some additional ways you can find new clients.  All the techniques I talk about both in Part 1 of this… Continue Reading

Tired of scrambling for business? Surprising and proven ways to get new clients: Part 1

A couple years ago this September, I didn’t know where the next month’s business was coming from. I had bills to pay, the kids needed new shoes, we like to eat regularly, have electricity, and on and on.  But at the start of that September, I had little idea how I’d get enough work to… Continue Reading

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