Yearly Archives: 2007

Solo Shouldn't Mean Lonely

As I write this, It’s Wednesday before the big Christmas holiday week, and (business) things have been slowing down since Monday. Fewer emails, fewer phone calls, and everybody off to holiday events. My first few years working solo, this caught me by surprise… and it was kind of depressing. I didn’t have enough demonstrated success (in my mind) to celebrate the end of the year, and I was surprised to find myself without the collection of planned, company holiday events […] Click to read more…

 

Old Guy Marketing

“Who was that?,” my 14-year-old son Evan asked. We were standing out on our front lawn, throwing a football, and Evan had just seen me smile and wave to a passing minivan. “I have no idea,” I said. “I don’t have my glasses on, and I can’t see through the tinted windshield anyway. I wave at everyone who drives by.” Evan gave this some thought, and then, with the precise blending of disdain and amusement that teenagers reserve exclusively for […] Click to read more…

 

Pulling Your Own Strings

My 14-year-old son Evan was picked last week for his high school freshman basketball team. He didn’t make it last year, and it was by no means a sure thing, so we were all quite happy with the outcome. Evan told me how the coaches brought the kids into the office, one at a time, to share the news (good or bad), and that after playing with him a little bit, they finally said, “Congratulations, you’re on the team.” It’s […] Click to read more…

 

Don't Show Me The Money

If you’re just starting out as a solo professional (or still have a full time job and haven’t yet made your move), you may find it hard to imagine that the day will come when you’re turning work away.  Believe me, it will, and at that point, you’ll have a new challenge: What to accept and what to turn down. I used to find this difficult, and for a long time tried to apply all kinds of checklists and ranking […] Click to read more…

 

Unleashing The Kitchen Magician

I hired a financial planner yesterday. I wasn’t exactly looking for one, but as you’ll see shortly, he was hard to resist. First off, you should know that doing this has been on my mind for some time. Here it is the last week of November already, and I’ve been talking seriously about hiring a professional for… let’s see… October, September, August… about 14 years. More or less since the birth of my first child. The truth is, I’d probably […] Click to read more…