Leading up to my full-time consulting gig

Here is a disclaimer:  I wrote this for me, to congratulate myself on my accomplishments.  Sometimes is just feels good to write out a pat on the back.

Ever since graduating college, I’ve wanted to run my own gig.  I was looking into business school and wanted to focus on degrees which focused on entrepreneurial studies.   I also knew that having more business experience was beneficial for me, so I looked for everything.  Long story short, I got kind of the best of both worlds… I landed a job working with Brand Integrity on a project with just two other entrepreneurs.  I learned a lot about building a company from the ground up, some of the difficulties start ups have, to work as efficiently as possible with the leanest budget as possible and most importantly perhaps, how to work in a coffee shop.

After three years, I decided to leave the location and move back home, because I was missing family and felt I could severely benefit from more experience.  It was the hardest decision I’ve ever made.  When I came to Long Island, Brand Integrity allowed me to work full time at home.  I was able to find a job working for a larger firm with an actual IT department.  I felt it was a necessary jump.    I learned lots there, but something was missing…

After a short while, I realized where my passion was:  helping clients solve IT problems.  It’s broad and almost impossible to do 100%, but that is what I wanted to do.  Working at a larger firm made me realize that working without being on the ground floor of the decision makers was not what I wanted. I thought about project management training, but really, I just wanted to run my own consulting practice.

And that is where I am today.  I am self-employed and loving it.  Working for myself has unique challenges I must face every day which force me to be creative and efficient. I pray that I will have the strength and intelligence to keep this up for a long time.