JOBSEARCH: Keep a consulting firm open

Berman Larson Kane
Career Report
March, 2012 — Issue 145

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What can you do to minimize the impact of unemployment on your professional stature?

A. Keep your professional certifications, credentials and licenses up to date and involve yourself in activities that use your professional skills. Take temporary or part-time work in your industry if possible, or do unpaid volunteer work for nonprofits or charitable organizations that allow you to flex your professional muscles, Margolin added.

Also, you could consider starting your own consulting firm, suggested Julie Redfield, a talent management expert in the New York office of the PA Consulting Group. “Setting up a company — the Web site, the business license — can cost very little,” she said. “Use your network and get at least one or two small jobs that you can talk about on interviews and put on your résumé.”

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Over the years, I’ve opened and closed 4 “one man shows”. Shoulda, coulda, and woulda! Just keep it open eternally. Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee charges 500 per year. Argh! Website, call it 10 for the domain name and whatever you pay the web site service provider. Legal & accounting fees, call it under a grand. Business cards, 50$. SO for well under 2k$, you can have an LLC standing around. (Your accountant will tell you why you want an LLC. I’m not a lawyer, CPA, or MD. Nor do I play one on TV. I’m just your average everyday obnoxious know-it-all.)

(Your lawyer can explain why you might want to create several LLCs for holding assets. Ditto above. Wish I done that. If you do several at once, the unit cost per LLC goes down.)

Like your eternal domain name, keeping your email from making you captive of the ISP or WSP, you can always have coverage.

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