Starting a business? Start with a service.

I’m going to get into trouble writing this post. I think people might comment (in this post or privately by email) who will chastise me for suggesting this. I can predict the emails now. But I’m here to tell you that they are wrong. Regardless of what the experts tell you, start a business that […]

What is (business/financial) security and how do you achieve it?

One of my clients is a large corporation that contracts a lot of consultants. I had a recent conversation with an employee there who was wondering about life of a consultant. We were “comparing notes” about the difference between being a consultant and an employee. They said that even though there were drawbacks to employment […]

Aaron Hoos’ weekly reading list: ‘SharkNado, sales, and motivation’ edition

I just realized that I missed last week’s “weekly reading list”. We had company over and their vehicle was broken into while we were sight-seeing, so that became our focus for the day: Unpacking their car, finding a repair place, keeping the kids out from underfoot while we solved those problems. I’m back with more […]

The idea of something versus the reality: This HUGE problem is like an anchor on your business (but it’s also an opportunity)

I recently posted on Facebook that I wished I liked pesto as much as I like the idea of pesto. Pesto sauce on pasta sounds so good but I’ve never had a pesto I enjoyed; I always leave the table disappointed, regardless of how skilled the chef was who prepared the meal. But I look […]

Risk as a source of profit

I’m reading Aswath Damodaran’s book Strategic Risk Taking: A Framework for Risk Management and I’ve been blogging about it from time to time as I chew through the concepts. In chapter 4 of his book, Damodaran talks about how, in the nineteenth century, the idea of risk changed. Risk was once thought of as a […]