I took half of August off this summer and it was one of our company’s best months ever. That’s a great feeling.
During that time I had a good friend in town visiting from Europe. We went to a cabin in the forest for 3 days. Then camping in the mountains near Whistler with my wife, and a few days later we took a boat up the coast to spend four days at a beautiful suite we rented right on the ocean.
Another important factor is how you structure the way you work and how you set expectations for the project with your client.
Lifestyle of Consulting
The reason I’m telling you this is not to boast. It’s the lifestyle consulting can provide you with.
Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t always like this. I put in many long days and still do sometimes when we’re gearing up for a big launch or new client program. Yet I’m able to work when I want, with whomever I want, and most of the work can be done from anywhere.
Earlier in the year I spent two weeks in Japan. And while I had two days I got up at 4am for client calls (because of the time change) the rest of the days were spent as they would be at my office.
Once you’re hired by your client, in the majority of cases you can do the work from anywhere, anytime, as long as the results and value produced are exceptional and that it’s all completed on time.
Freedom and lifestyle is one of the many reasons consultants get into this business. Yet, a great deal of them struggle to earn a significant income and they end up working far more hours than they would have at a 9-5 JOB.
Using the Right Structures
There’s nothing wrong with putting in more time when you love the work you do. But if you want to have full control of your schedule, lifestyle all while earning a significant income, you need to have the right structures and practices in place. Continue Reading