Do you call yourself a freelancer, an entrepreneur, an independent consultant, a solo practitioner, a small-business owner?
Does your biggest client congratulate you on being the best-kept secret in your profession, with no sense of the irony behind that label?
Are you tired of feeling as if you should change the name of your entrepreneurial venture to Broke But Brilliant?
Does your win-the-lottery retirement plan look like less of a sure thing than it did five years ago?
Are you looking for business advice?
Sales systems, success seminars, life coaching, hypnotic acupuncture, Pet Rock therapy: After a while, all of it runs together in a constant stream of often-conflicting advice, attached to price tags you may not be able to afford without visiting a nearby pawn shop. Of course, some of the consultants who dispense this advice warn you that the willingness to pay for it equals a commitment to using it. Yeah, whatever.
We thought about going into the legitimate advice-giving business, but that’s too much work. Instead of big-ticket help, we offer you small-ticket insights designed to distract you from your misery long enough to realize that hey, you’re not alone: Lots of people share your creative sense of desperation.