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  •  Some people are good at doing something... (7+ / 0-)

    ...but know they are not good at running a business.

    I worked for some engineers years ago who were originally principals in a fairly large consulting firm. That form merged with another one, and they decided that they didn't like the deal, so they cashed out, and started their own smaller firm.

    The partnership didn't last too long for some. The ones who remained in this small firm didn't run it very well, and would frequently jettison employees at will. I was one of them, and wasn't surprised to hear two years later that they had gone out of business.

    I'm good at what I did for the last 27 years before I retired, but I have no interest in doing it as a consultant.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 08:01:04 PM PST

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    •  The key is to develop a skill that makes you (4+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, Sky Net, Sparhawk, VClib

      in demand, and that makes you difficult to replace, either in working for someone else, or in your own business.  That's the only way a person can be in control of his or her work life.

      •  I did, and after 11 months of UI... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...after being let go from that place, I ended up in the job that I would retire from.

        Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

        by JeffW on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 08:16:38 PM PST

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