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    • New note by bobjonkman 19 May 2022
      I've had all my clocks and watches on 24hr time ever since...
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      When I was a young pup, just started my first job. Woke up at 4:30 one day, panicked, "I've slept through the whole day, I'll get fired!!" It was 4:30am, of course. Don't recall if I got back to sleep or not.
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      RT @lnxw48a1 I woke up around 02:45, thinking it was 07:45. Before 03:00, I realized it wasn’t time to get up. I still really feel the lack of #sleep 💤.
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      bobjonkman favorited something by lnxw48a1: I woke up around 02:45, thinking it was 07:45. Before 03:00, I realized it wasn’t time to get up. I still really feel the lack of #sleep 💤.
    • New note by bobjonkman 14 May 2022
      "A Supreme Court that doesn't give a damn what the public wants ... is exactly what a Supreme Court is for, actually." True enough. But elected representatives in government *are* supposed to do what people want, that's why they get elected. If they had fulfilled their obligations to actually represent the citizens' wants then the […]
    • bobjonkman repeated a notice by clacke 14 May 2022
      RT @clacke People, not all people but most people, are angry about the wrong thing. I agree that Roe v Wade being canceled is a bad outcome. I agree that women should have the right to their bodies, but here's my possibly unpopular take: A Supreme Court that doesn't give a damn what the public […]
    • New note by bobjonkman 12 May 2022
      It's the middle of May, I'm sitting outside in 28C weather, just 100km west of Toronto, and the Leafs are *still* playing hockey?
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      RT @guizzy @vriska I would wait before celebrating just yet. Never underestimate the Leafs ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
    • New note by bobjonkman 12 May 2022
      It seems the state-of-the-art for autonomous vehicles is worse than I thought. Still, with the number of bad drivers on the road now, replacing them with bad robocars is still likely to be an improvement.
    • bobjonkman repeated a notice by geniusmusing 12 May 2022
      RT @geniusmusing @lnxw48a1 @bobjonkman They are still not ready or someone had interfered with their learning... :P Cars With Active Driving Assistance Tech Crash During AAA Test https://gizmodo.com/tesla-active-driving-assistance-autonomous-cars-aaa-1848916830 >Despite lofty performance promises from carmakers seeking an autonomous future, recent testing from AAA revealed “inconsistent performance” with more basic active driving assistance (ADA) that resulted in […]

How to be a big-time consultant

Posted by Bob Jonkman on 25th May 2012

Tad wearing many neckties, top hat and monocle

Big-Time Consultant

A colleague asked:

How can I become a big-time consultant, just like you?

If you’re going to set up your own business, the first and most important thing is to get a good accountant, someone who knows about tax advantages for small businesses and can handle your payroll, tax payments, and both personal and business income tax. The rest kind of flows from there.

The next thing is to get a placement agency to do the work of finding work, advertising, marketing, and billing. Far easier for you to invoice one placement agency than to deal with multiple clients.

You should probably register your business as a “sole proprietor”. I did that initially, then incorporated five years later when a client required it (they contracted only to incorporated businesses). Your accountant can provide advice on this.

Ideally you’ll want to find a specialty. There’s not much demand for generalists. Web development skills, database administration, network cabling or teaching experience should be an advantage there.

Give knowledge away for free. Participate in online mailing lists and forums, be seen at tech events. Give presentations! That doesn’t make you any money directly, but serves to build up your reputation. Don’t be afraid to take chances. Playing it safe is comfortable, but accepting risks may lead to bigger and better contracts.

–Bob.

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