Freelancing

On a cold Christmas eve of 2007, I was chatting with my roomie who had been a professional contractor in Software Development for years.  And I was in awe with what I was hearing. The dialogue went down something like this: Me: You charge 500€ per day? You mean they actually pay you 10.000€ a month? That’s […]

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Michael began his swimming career at the age of 7He started swimming with his sisters. He would never go underwater because he was so scared. So, what did he do? Quit swimming, or stay where he is? No: he decided to swim backward.  Interesting enough, the first stroke that he ever mastered was the backstrokeAt that ripe age […]

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An angel appears in a puff of smoke to a man and says to him, “Because you have lived a good and virtuous life, I can offer you a gift: you can be the most handsome man in the world, or you can have infinite wisdom, or you can have limitless wealth.” Reflecting, the man says, […]

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“If you approach a negotiation thinking the other guy thinks like you, you are wrong.” – Chris Voss, Author of the best-seller “Never split the difference”. Whenever I meet a fellow independent consultant, I’m instantly curious about a lot of aspects of their professional life. Where they work, what are their rates, any area for collaboration…But […]

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Going from employee to self-employed is a life-altering decision. Consequently, it is crucial to understand the benefits and losses. Should Everybody Become Self-Employed? I am a big proponent of the idea “everybody who has the skills and experience to become self-employed”. However, this is an honest comparison with the true upsides and downsides. Everybody’s story […]

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