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Do you want your children to succeed?

2009 December 1
by MKS

I recognize that not all of you are parents – but you may have children in your life regardless. Whether its a favourite niece or nephew, a grand-child, or even a god-child – the children in our lives are important, and as parents or caregivers, we want what’s best for them.

While there are lots of books on properly raising your children, most of them are written by child-care professionals. I’m not sure how many of them are actually successful parents themselves, and how many have written from success they’ve achieved in their own lives. Would you take financial advice from a high-school economics teacher? Not if he was broke, that’s for sure! :)

What if you could guarantee success for your kids – not just financial success, but real success in life – happy and healthy as well as financially grounded?

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What would you like to see next?

2009 November 27
by MKS

Hello all:

Now that you’ve had a chance to read some of our articles (if not, please go ahead and see what we have, and come back…I’ll wait! :) ), I’d like to hear from you on what you’d like to see next!

As a bit of an incentive, I’ll be giving a free gift at random to one of our lucky respondants – but to be eligible, you need to respond! Its a really short survey, I promise, but it would help me to serve you better.

You’ll find the survey after the “more” button below. See you on the other side!
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I’m back!

2009 October 26
by MKS

Hello all:

Sorry its been a couple of weeks since I’ve last posted. Been very busy with some client work.

I’ll be posting again more regularly, so stay tuned!

MKS

Tony Robbins – Why do we do what we do?

2009 September 22
by MKS

Great talk by Tony Robbins at TED (Ideas Worth Spreading) that talks about the human motivators for success. 20 minutes, great info for consultants!

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Employee Friction

2009 September 14
by MKS

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You’ve probably heard this one before – especially from some full-time employees. Understandably, they’re often upset that as a consultant, you seem to be getting a sweet deal – you’re working the same job as they are, with often similar skills, yet you’re usually working on cutting edge projects while they’re stuck with support or maintenance duties, and even worse, you’re making more money! How can you counter this perception? read more…

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What about career growth?

2009 September 10
by MKS

CareerDoes working as a consultant have its downsides? Definitely. One area you’ll face some challenges is achieving career growth. Clients hire consultant to achieve specific objectives – to fit into a specific part of the organization that needs to be bolstered. You’re there to achieve a specific goal, fill a specific need. Note the word specific?  :)

So, if you’re brought in to take on a particular role within an organization, the client might have trouble seeing you fit into another role, particular if its more senior than the role you’re currently filling. How can you overcome this? read more…

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Why you might go back to a J.O.B.

2009 September 9

Geekpreneur writes:

Tell regular jobbers that you work as a freelancer and you can see the envy in their eyes. They imagine you sitting on the beach with your laptop propped on your knees. They see you crawling out of bed while they’re still sitting in traffic, believe you take leisurely lunch breaks as they’re rushing back to their desks, and assume that you never have to argue with the boss.

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What about benefits?

2009 September 6
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by MKS

benefitsImageA key argument that many people make, when faced with a choice between pursuing a consulting opportunity, or going with a fulltime job, is the whole idea of benefits. What are benefits? Lets talk about a few of them:

  • Medical benefits (in the US this includes basic medical, in Canada this would be extended medical, dental, etc)
  • Insurance (typically referring to life, accidental death, short-term and long-term disability)
  • Pension
  • Equity plan (stock or option grants)
  • Free food, store discounts, daycare, etc.

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Where’s the Money?

2009 September 3
by MKS

Screen shot 2009-09-03 at 6.11.07 PMYou might think that they only way to make real money is to win the lottery, or maybe have a rich uncle who passes away and leaves you a rich legacy. You’d be wrong! We’ve talked about how consulting can be personally rewarding, giving you a sense of freedom and control, and a sense of empowerment. We’ve even talked about how you can make more money, but how much more can you make?

Let’s take the example of Fred Flitstone (note the missing “n”). He’s your typical hard-working everyman – say he works as a Network Engineer. He loves his job, but he just can’t seem to get ahead! He makes a decent wage – say about $50K/year. Of course, he gets some benefit, but they’re not really worth that much, say about $200/month. He works real hard, and is great at his job, so he gets an annual raise of about 5% a year. In fact, his boss loves his work ethic, so he promotes him to a Team Lead position after 3 years on the job, and gives him a 10% raise. After 5 years on the J.O.B. (Just Over Broke – you’ll hear that a lot), he’s making about $67K a year – not bad! read more…

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How to choose a market segment

2009 September 1
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by MKS

Client watch screenshotIn a previous article, we talked about finding your secret talent. Have you thought of it yet? No? Go and do it right now, we’ll wait!

Back? OK then, lets get started.

Let’s say that you’re great at putting together presentations. You love it, you could put together presentations all day, all week, all year. Well then, you probably want to pursue an opportunity putting together presentations!

How do you find the right client? You have a couple of key choices: read more…

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