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When You Work for Yourself

Perhaps one of the factors of life as the self-employed freelancer is in regard to what happens when you get sick. Or, if it isn’t you who gets sick, a family member who you have to care for. Even for those under the impression that they rarely get sick, it tends to happen, as Murphy’s […]

The Expensive Route to Certification

When my wife certified as a Fitness Instructor, she entered a B2B2C market focused on education, with a price. The first certification allowed her to teach fitness classes, though it turned out that most fitness centers look for instructors who are also personal trainers, a certification of its own. Certifying as a Personal Trainer was […]

Decision Making

During the course of recent reading, I came across several discussions about the concept of making decisions. One of the more interesting facts I came across is that there are two types of decision makers – those who take the safe routes, and those who dare. Reflecting over various events, along with supporting evidence provided […]

It’s Not Nepotism, He’s My Brother

Okay, the joke is, perhaps, a poor one, though you likely laughed because you can think of people who would say exactly such a statement. I was asked recently regarding an inherent bias toward hiring people from my community. While many of the people in my office are from my community, there was actually another […]

When You Feel You’ve Made It

There was a quote from Robert Herjavec, one of the Dragons on Dragons’ Den, when asked if he’s ever looked back on his life and came to the realization that he’s “made it”: I believe the minute you begin to think that way is the minute you begin to erode. There’s another saying that I […]

Growth and the Panic Response

Having given presentations in the past on time management (for example, my recent talk at Freelance Camp TO), I started to wonder about people’s abilities to manage their time well. What I discovered, though, through watching specific companies and people struggle with time management, is that even people who are good at managing their time […]

You Have to Love What You Do

I was giving some career advice to my brother, who is thinking of starting his own business so that he could be in control of his own destiny. Since he wasn’t sure what type of business he would like to start, I suggested that he find something he loves, and see if he can turn […]

Personal Mannerisms and Business

In the workplace, whether large or small, the personalities of people in the environment are rapidly recognized by all. Whether it’s peers, supervisors, or subordinates, people understand how those around them will act in many scenarios, especially those common to the workplace. Failure to recognize this fact can have serious ramifications. Of course, most people […]