On Being a Consultant

So far I haven’t had a lot of experience at this, but here’s my thoughts so far:

Getting Work Done
A lot of folks (three) have commented on how they didn’t think they could actually be determined to work. They claimed they would be lazy and never get anything done. However, I’ve got three motivators:
1) Self Control
2) Fear
3) My Wife
If I find myself not wanting to work on the Self Control level, where I will myself to work, Fear kicks in. If I don’t get things done, my clients don’t pay me, and I’m hosed. If neither of the other two are working Jessica will kick my behind (she works out every morning) and say, “If you don’t work I can’t buy your crumby wheat-free foods and you’ll starve to death.”
Organization
I’m still working on this, but I think that organization is good, everyone should do it. When you figure it out, please let me know.

Actually, I find that because my days are structured almost exactly the way they were when I worked at Alt-N as an employee that I am getting much more done. Primarly because folks aren’t stopping by my office on the way to the bathroom. Oh, and Arvel’s not jamming in the room next to me ๐Ÿ˜‰ [Arvel, you know we love you and your jam times. Props for the headphones.]

Billing
Yeah, I’m working on this, too. I have to bill for my first two weeks of work and if I don’t get a bill to my clients, I suppose they’ll have no reason to pay me. Not getting paid would stink because then I’d have to face #3 from above :).

Getting Known
I’m working on getting known by constantly interacting on various forums and also by networking with people who have, do, or know people who have or do web sites.

One example of sites that I’d like to redo is: http://www.burtkunihonda.com/en_US/
Their site dies in any browser besides Internet Explorer and uses more frames than I’ve ever seen used. Seriously. What kind of customer base do you hope to keep if your site won’t work in anything but the latest Microsoft product?

My Friend

Is working out at a gym starting this week. The complaint was that soreness and any weight gain makes you want to give up. I have done that SO many times. Keep going ๐Ÿ™‚