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So You Want to Be an Independent Consultant

5 Tips for Surviving the Leap Don’t do it. You will go through hell. I went through hell. The next thing I tell people is, “I’m happier than I’ve ever been. I do great work with people I love. I make my own schedule and my own destiny.” In the last six months, I’ve had several people invite me to coffee to find out how I made the leap from the corporate world to being an independent consultant. They want out. They want freedom. They want to have it all. Being a solo consultant is amazing. BECOMING a solo consultant [...]

By | 2017-05-18T15:17:04+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Blog, Finance|Comments Off on So You Want to Be an Independent Consultant

Budgeting: The Essential Leadership Tool in Three Steps

You probably know that running a business on a budget is a good idea. But the vast majority of business owners operate without one. Why is that? They may not be motivated by a clear understanding of WHY it’s so important. Or they may not know exactly where to begin in creating one. Begin here. Budgeting is the perfect harmonizing of past, present, and future. The process is a chance to step back and look at the big picture: How did we get here? Where are we going? A budget is a stake in the ground, a commitment to a [...]

By | 2017-05-18T15:17:04+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|Blog, Finance|Comments Off on Budgeting: The Essential Leadership Tool in Three Steps

It’s Budget Season: 3 Reasons to Make a Budget Now

The way I feel about budgets is the way most five-year-olds feel about Christmas: it’s full of possibility, the preparations are fun, and it’s important to get clear on exactly what you want. Every business needs a budget. Whether you are a freelancer, an early-stage startup, or a mature company with 5, 50, or 5,000+ employees, a budget is absolutely necessary to lead powerfully. Why? Setting a goal is a critical step in making your compelling vision a reality. Tracking against the goal tells you how you’re doing in measurable terms. Knowing how you’re doing allows you to make early [...]

By | 2017-05-18T15:17:04+00:00 December 8th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on It’s Budget Season: 3 Reasons to Make a Budget Now