USAToday: employees leaving corporate jobs to start businesses: when will you make your move?

USAToday recently posted an article that validates what a lot of us already knew:  that people are leaving corporate jobs to start their own businesses. For many people, the rosy promise offered by corporate jobs has never materialized.  In decades past, corporations provided outstanding health benefits, pensions, and other benefits to employees and their families, […]

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Ignore this at your own risk: How to find a profitable niche for your consulting business: Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at: what a niche is, why you should care about targeting a niche, how to find a consulting niche, and researching a consulting niche. Now, we’ll take a closer look at how you can figure out if a niche is profitable.  This is a critical piece, because […]

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How to lose potential clients and look incompetent: the #1 mistake when setting your rate

Do you want to look unprofessional and incompetent? I didn’t think so. But if you set your rate too low, that’s exactly what will happen. For example, plumbers in my area typically charge about $75 an hour.  Now, if I find one that charges $50 or maybe even $40 an hour, that price might look […]

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Ignore this at your own risk: How to find a profitable niche for your consulting business: Part 1

You’ve got what you think is a great idea for your consulting business, and you’re convinced it’ll make you millions–or at least enough to quit your day job. Let’s say your idea is to become the foremost consultant on, say, ferret foot care. You spend a ton of money and time on marketing materials, countless […]

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How football player Danous Estenor lifted a car: the key to accomplishing the impossible

University of South Florida offensive lineman Danous Estenor had just stopped for a bite to eat at a campus restaurant when he heard screaming outside.  He ran to the scene to find a towtruck driver pinned under a Cadillac.  Three other people were trying in vain to lift the car.  Estenor tried too, but couldn’t […]

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