NETWORK/SPEAK – Don’t just attend networking and professional associations meetings and events – serve on boards or committees and speak at chapter meetings or conferences. This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.“But really – what’s stopping you from starting your own business?”That was the question posed on the anonymous online forum Fishbowl. Two days and 37 replies later, a litany of the usual suspects had been posted, including 10 common ones – some rather colorfully stated: TEACH/MENTOR – Look for opportunities to teach or mentor others in your area of expertise, either in the classroom or online. See “Network/Speak” above. Risk vs. ROI. DEVELOP A PRODUCT – You might want to develop something you wish you had, such as a directory, how-to guide, or an inspirational story/message. Give it away or sell it to drive traffic to your website. You do have a website, right? Lack of a good idea.Not having an idea deemed “sexy” enough.No skills to implement the idea.No balls.Paying student loans.Not enough startup capital.Competing goals like grad school – and marriage.That old devil: Health insurance.And my favorite? Plain ol’ Laziness.I smiled to myself.Earlier this year, I took a deep breath and plunged back – after two previous fails – into independent consulting. A colleague referred me to a well-established independent HR Compensation consultant, Mae Lon Ding, owner of Personnel Systems Associates. She has been in business for over 30 years, with many name brand clients, and was two-time President of the Association of Professional Consultants.Filled with excitement about my new venture, I set up a networking call with her.Casually, Mae Lon burst my bubble with the sobering news that the type of entrepreneurs who make it are not “overnight” successes. “Expect to work full-time your first year and make half your salary; in Year 2, make three-quarters of your salary; in Year 3, break even; but,” she advised me, “if you make it to Year 4, you’ll never go back to working for someone else.”She also pointed out, “only 50% of success is your technical skill – the other 50% is your ability to market and sell yourself and your products or services.”While this advice didn’t exactly come as a surprise, she emphasized that the first year is an ideal time to establish credibility through thought leadership – while perhaps producing a small amount of income – by focusing on actionable marketing activities such as the following: WRITE – Post articles, whitepapers, infographics or guest blog posts that showcase your knowledge and experience, such as expert tips, industry trends or case studies of successful client projects. Wrapping the call, I sat down to ponder Mae Lon’s great – and hard won – advice. I realized that if I am going to avoid another fail, I’ve got to bear in mind these three critical factors:You really want to go independentYou are mentally prepared to face rejectionYou make financial preparations to survive the first few yearsIf you were not deterred by this advice, but instead felt energized – as I was – then going independent may be right for you. We’ll see how my third pass at the independent life goes. Feel free to drop me a line with your favorite tips and you just might be featured in a future blog post!Jessica Williams is an independent consultant who excels at leading large scale change journeys at diverse, global organizations. Her writing explores trends in career, change and talent management.
myfox47staff Top Stories News at 9 anchor Erin O’Brien leaving FOX 47 UPDATE: Authorities have been searching for 69-year-old Terry Woeltge with boats and sonars. Several divers have even scoured the waters of Lake Pepin but are changing search grids.Earlier Friday, crews set a search perimeter with the help of Woeltge’s wife, who was on the boat when her husband went overboard. He was last seen before 5 p.m. Thursday.Wabasha County Chief Deputy Jim Warren said efforts are not rescue but rather recovery. “The decision was made about 45 minutes to one hour after starting our search. We wanted to make sure this individual didn’t make it to land, any time you’re under the water for a good period of time, being that 40 minutes or 45 minutes, that’s when we knew we were in a search and recovery mode. It’s unfortunate, and it’s hard to describe that to people that don’t understand, but we’re just trying to do the best we can and bring this individual home.”Authorities say Woeltge was an experienced sail boater, but was not wearing a life jacket and his family said he did know how to swim, “Well it doesn’t matter where you are, river, lake,you don’t have on a life preserver you could be the best swimmer in the world, and you could have issues. It’s imperative that we wear a life jacket, ’cause it’ll save your life,” Chief Deputy Warren said.Chief Deputy Warren said he is confident in the team looking for Woeltge but also understands that it’s a big body of water and that it will take time.Authorities said Woeltge is a Shakopee resident who was last seen wearing a black shirt, khaki shorts, and khaki looking sandals.—————————————–LAKE CITY, Minn. (FOX47) — Wabasha County Sheriff’s deputies have identified the missing boater who was last seen on Lake Pepin on Thursday.Terry Lee Woeltge, 69, was boating with his wife when he reportedly went into the water without resurfacing.Deputies said they responded to the report from Woeltge’s wife at 4:49 p.m. just outside of the Lake City Marina.Chief Deputy Jim Warren said Woeltge was not wearing a life vest and does not know how to swim.A search was conducted until sunset on Thursday. Search efforts resumed at 7 a.m. on Friday.The Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office received assistance from multiple organizations including the Lake City Fire Department, Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office, Winona County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Wabasha County Boat Patrol, Winona County Boat Patrol, Bruce’s Legacy, South Central Dive Team, Durand Fire Department, the American Red Cross and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 2019 Minnesota deer hunting licenses now on sale Man shot by deputy after threatening statements One killed, one injured after explosion at Hancock County business