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I’m a working Mom of two kids, ages 13 and 3. I traded my corporate job for consulting and make more money than most executives. I live a blended life with hardly any boundaries. I work and play every day. I typically work half my work day during the day and the other half at night. I take several professional level dance classes a week and water-ski every other Friday morning. Although I love to cook, these days we mostly live on raw fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and frozen burritos. I’m quick on the mute button and I can tell you a foolproof way to do a professional conference call from Disneyland.

The HARDEST Thing About Being a Consultant

The hardest thing any consultant does is bring in the business.  Doing the billable work is the easy part. If you are a partner in a consulting or law firm what is job #1? If you are a partner in a big consulting company, what is your top priority?  Bringing in the...

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How to Manage Your Business and Your New Baby

My advice is to plan but keep your expectations open and flexible. It’s so hard to know how you will feel and what the temperament of your baby will be. I was so surprised by how much FUN I had being pregnant, having small babies and now a toddler and teen. I admit that everything has been easier with #2.

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Never Work for Free!

NEVER. WORK. FOR. FREE. PERIOD. It doesn’t pay the mortgage or the health insurance or the college tuition. As soon as you become a consultant, smart people with good ideas will come out of the woodwork looking for your free expert help. Make a rule now that you will never work for free. That doesn’t mean you can’t review a business plan for a buddy or bounce around ideas over a glass of wine. But never do real work for free. Make that a rule and stick to it. I promise you will thank me.

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Done Is Better Than Perfect

Done is Better Than Perfect I am not and have never been a perfectionist.  Overachiever yes, perfectionist no.  I see so many groups online for recovering perfectionists.  Apparently, it is something to be avoided.  Are you trying to be perfect?  Does it get in your...

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I See You

I see you Mama.  Feeling overwhelmed trying to manage career and family.  Just getting out the door in the morning is a major challenge.  Constantly fighting back tears at home and at work.  A lost sock or last-minute diaper change can ruin the whole day.  Feeling...

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Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow – NOT!

I recently had the opportunity to write a guest post for Women On The Fence. Thank you @EricaDiamond! If Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow had been a Katy Perry song instead of a book, it would have been the anthem of the late 80s and early 90s. This advice didn’t stop there. On June 12, 2005, Steve Jobs, then CEO of Apple Computer and Pixar Animation Studios, delivered the commencement address at Stanford.

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Are You Ready for the Q4 Push?

Another summer is winding down. Are you ready for the Q4 push? Do you have projects or tasks that must be completed this year? Do you have extra budget money to get things done? Do you want to get started on an initiative for 2017?

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Billing for Travel Time

I am frequently asked how to bill for travel time.  There are several factors to consider: How much travel will be involved in the project? How far will you need to travel? What is the total value of the client project? What’s customary in your industry? Will most of...

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