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About Me

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.

Debunking Self Care

The very notion of calling it “self care” is asking for trouble. Don’t you agree? It’s like putting a giant flashing light on it that says OPTIONAL. Why do we call it self care? Is brushing your teeth self care? Of course, it’s taking care of yourself. But, would you skip it? No, you would not. And when I start talking about self care, you’re not expecting me to include brushing your teeth.

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Finding the Perfect Workspace

Oh, how I hated cubicles… I thank my lucky stars every day that I don’t sit in a cubicle any more. What a miserable way to work. What a terrible way to spend so many hours of your life.

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#7 – What Do I Hate?

On the minus side, there is no regular pay check, no benefits, no IT department, and no one to blame but yourself if something goes wrong.

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#6 – What Do I Love?

I love being a consultant. The advantages are freedom, flexibility, control, interesting and engaging work, good pay and sometimes equity. You rarely get caught up in company politics and nearly all of your work is direct value add.

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#4 – This was My Biggest Surprise

I speak at least once on a month on how to start a successful consulting business. It’s common to have at least a couple people who were laid off from their corporate jobs and had consulting projects fall into their laps. In fact, that is how I got started more than 15 years ago.

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#3 – People Buy Your Experience

A few years ago, I had a client who was a CPA and started her career in public accounting. She went on to work for several other companies, always in tech and always in finance and accounting functions. She said, “I’m tired of tech and I don’t want anyone to know I am a CPA.

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#2 – Now for the Hard Work and Risk

A solid consulting practice is built through hard work and a willingness to take risk. No check goes into my bank account unless I go out and win the business.  In consulting, you have to hunt what you eat.  I get out the binoculars, climb the mountain, scout the...

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#1 – It Really is Easy to Get Started

It’s surprisingly easy to start your own consulting business. All you need is a computer, a phone, brainpower and business experience. The work is the same as the work you’ve been doing in your corporate job only better. If you start right away, you can be doing billable work as soon as next week.

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