12 Steps to Get Started as a Business Consultant

In the UK, Barclays Bank report that semi-retired workers are responsible for 50% more start-ups than 10 years ago. In the UK, 67% of small business owners are over 45, while a mere 8.7% are under 34. Such data suggests that running a business actually plays to the strengths of older people. One area where my friends have done well is in Business Consultancy for small businesses (SMEs).

In the UK, Barclays Bank report that semi-retired workers are responsible for 50% more start-ups than 10 years ago. In the UK, 67% of small business owners are over 45, while a mere 8.7% are under 34. Such data suggests that running a business actually plays to the strengths of older people. One area where my friends have done well is in Business Consultancy for small businesses (SMEs). Continue reading “12 Steps to Get Started as a Business Consultant”

The Right Way To Comment On Chris Brogan’s Blog

chris brogan wants your opinionWhat’s the right way to comment on other people’s blogs? Ari reckons that comments should be unique. Don’t write the same comment on every blog; don’t drone on if your point can be made quicker. Be unique, quick & current. I agree with the first two but not the third. How you comment on other blogs is noticed by others. If all you say is ‘great post’, you’re losing an opportunity to contribute and offer an opinion. You have opinions, right?

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The Dunning-Kruger Effect & How To Fail Slowly

Have you noticed this obsession with speed? Everyone is doing things, real fast. Even failure has to be fast. Fail fast is the new mantra. Christopher S. Penn takes up this point, ‘Ever done this? You see a traffic jam ahead, get off at the next exit, and spend 30 extra minutes on side and back roads to go around the jam… which in reality is only a 10 minute traffic jam? This is the dabbler. This is the person who fails too fast.’ Do you fail too fast?

Christopher S. Penn’s Awaken Your SuperheroHave you noticed this obsession with speed? Everyone is doing things, real fast. Even failure has to be fast. Fail fast is the new mantra. Christopher S. Penn takes up this point, ‘Ever done this? You see a traffic jam ahead, get off at the next exit, and spend 30 extra minutes on side and back roads to go around the jam… which in reality is only a 10 minute traffic jam? This is the dabbler. This is the person who fails too fast.’ Do you fail too fast? Continue reading “The Dunning-Kruger Effect & How To Fail Slowly”

12 Steps To Getting Started as a Business Consultant

Most people think it’s difficult start a career as a business consultant. I used to think the same in my early 20s when I started in IT. In retrospect, I should have made more efforts to establish myself as a consultant earlier; the benefits certainly outweigh the downsides. As luck would have it, I was forced into a consultancy role when I lost my 9-5 job. Time to learn to hustling and bring in business.

richard bransonMost people think it’s difficult start a career as a business consultant. I used to think the same in my early 20s when I started in IT.
In retrospect, I should have made more efforts to establish myself as a consultant earlier; the benefits certainly outweigh the downsides. As luck would have it, I was forced into a consultancy role when I lost my 9-5 job. Time to learn to hustling and bring in business. Harvard Business Review refers to it as The Hustle Strategy. More on that later. Continue reading “12 Steps To Getting Started as a Business Consultant”

How to Blog Almost Every Day – Use the Inverted Pyramid story format

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Do you want to update your blog every day?
Chris Brogan provides this framework for writing a blog post (almost) every day. He adds that while it’s not easy, once you develop the right habits, they stick with you. I’m writing quite regularly now, but it took me several years to get my groove down to a science. Continue reading “How to Blog Almost Every Day – Use the Inverted Pyramid story format”

How to Get Your Email Answered

Chris-BroganChris Brogan (read and bookmark!) just hit a new milestone.
He’s now getting over 600 emails a day on average. 50% were people asking me his time, 25% were “really nice people,” 20% were business opportunities, and 5% were friends. A quick bit of math: if he answered 1 email a minute, 600 emails would take me 10 hours to answer. Continue reading “How to Get Your Email Answered”