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How To Fail In Business – An Essay

I run a one-man consulting business called dh Engineering. I’m a mechanical engineer specializing in finite element analysis (FEA), a service I offer to companies (such as Xerox and Kodak) to aid in the manufacture of products. My analysis requires specialized software that can solve hundreds of thousands of simultaneous equations. My professional field may be specialized, but I think my business problems are common. The main problem has been bringing in business, which is something all consultants have to deal with.

fibFollow me through my start-up and first six years, and use me as a great example of what not to do. Everything I’ve learned, I’ve learned by making mistakes. Here is some advice that may help self-employed people, or those contemplating quitting their current jobs to begin the long, hard journey into Read the rest of this entry »


How A DB Pulled A Company Together!

Five years ago, when he took a chance and started his own business booking rooms for drivers and their crews at auto-racing events, Donald Douglass knew he had a winning idea. But like many home-based entrepreneurs, he faced a formidable task: organizing a mammoth amount of information. As an added twist, the software he chose to accomplish this task had to be easy to set up and run, because Douglass had little computer know-how. Read the rest of this entry »