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I’m a working Mom of two kids, ages 5 and 15. 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.
Why don’t women charge what they are worth? FEAR. Fear that they won’t get the work if they price too high. Fear that they are not worth it.
I do a lot of speaking. My audiences range from college students to senior executives. I enjoy them all. Speaking can be a great way to build your business and your brand. I have met so many great friends and clients through my various speaking engagements.
Getting Started is the Hardest Thing: I heard back from several people and the landslide winner is Getting Started. I got started a long time ago, so that’s obviously no longer a challenge for me. But here’s the thing, I didn’t have big, overwhelming thoughts about starting a business and everything that means.
I was sadder than usual about back-to-school this year. I’m always a little sad because it marks another year of time marching on, but there’s usually a heavier dose of feeling relieved to have more focused work time and a family routine.
Somebody has to be first, why shouldn’t it be you? Be clear about why you are working. I have a lot of passion for my work, but if I didn’t need the money, I would be doing something different. Do what you love and the money will follow is a myth.
I have been a successful consultant for 15 years and I love it! I’m married and I have two kids, ages 14 and 4. I traded my corporate job for consulting and make more money than most executives.
There is an awful lot of wash, rinse and repeat involved in raising kids. Especially when they are small. Before I had kids, I thought the repetitive tasks would drive me crazy. The endless diaper changes, mountains of laundry, stacks of dishes and grilled cheese sandwiches. Instead I have found them meditative.
People sometimes ask me, “What can I learn from you that I couldn’t figure out on my own?” I reply, “Absolutely nothing, but it took me 15 years, how long do you want to wait?” Today I am sharing 10 pearls of wisdom I learned the hard way.
You must have a passion separate from the work you do for money and separate from your family. When I look around at all the happiest people I know, they have this in common.
If you give a client 40 hours a week, and take up residence, what happens? Are you still a consultant? For a few minutes maybe, but you very quickly become a de facto employee. You lose all the benefits of being a consultant and you get none of the benefits of being a full-time employee.