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    congratulation, inspiring !
    best wishes of success !

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    Great to hear that you are doing well on your own. Good luck with your business. Cheers!

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    Persistence and struggle for justice must be rewarded! Wish you the best in your business

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    Thanks for all the kind words and good wishes my friends. I really appreciate that guys!

    To be true, I didn't imagine that starting up a company involved THAT MUCH government fees and paperwork only for getting approved by the government. The first week I was literally only running from one government office to the next, then off to the copy shop to copy all the necessary papers and back to the offices again, then off to the office cashier to pay some stupid fees... (rinse and repeat) But I think the worst part of this is now lying behind me and I can concentrate almost fully on my work now.

    It's true that being your own boss involves a lot of work, discipline and responsibility. But I assure you it pays off. Like lunar said you don't have to put up with office politics anymore and you can choose with which "bastards" you want to work and with which ones you don't. Also, even though you might have to work far more hours every week than in an employment, you can choose when you want to do your work and don't have to stick to certain office hours. I've already experienced those days where I'm having my first business appointment somwhere around 8 am and come back home from my last customer around 10 pm, but I always know I'll be getting paid for every single hour I invest into my customers (even if it's not in money, but in terms of acknowledgement) and I rather do overtime hours for my own company than for one that doesn't belong to myself. And another thing is that I now do the job I like and I have fun doing, and I don't do the work somebody else feels is fitting me. I cannot put words to the feeling I have right now when I come back home after a long day full of work, but if I look into the mirror after one of those days I can see myself smiling and that's a good thing!

    And no, I'll definately not neglect my duties as a time cop here at the Zone. I'm very proud that Rob and all you guys have approved and are respecting me to be WZ's one and only (part) time cop So thank you for that too!

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    Thomas, what is this new business?

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    I only just stumbled across this thread - so cool to hear things are working out as planned, Tom! I remember you telling me about how you wanted to set up your counseling business and I can honestly say: If I were in a position (business-wise and geographically ) I'd be among your first customers. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

    Btw: I know you were a huge fan - are you still into Monster Hunter?

    *waves from up north*,
    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJ O'Connell View Post
    Thomas, what is this new business?
    My company offers financial consulting to private and business clients. That means that for example I'm helping private clients to find the right kind of investment for their money. Because I'm not getting paid provisions or bonuses for selling invesments to customers (like a banker or maybe an investment broker) I can really concentrate on the individual financial needs of every one of my clients (like security, flexibility,...). For business clients I offer services like helping them out with their business plans and creating their financial forecasts. I also can be their helping hand in any banking appointments they have, for example if they have to present themselves and their own companies to the bank to get a new loan. I also know a lot about the government regulations for public funds and help my clients to get money out of those funds for their private and/or business invesments (like renovating their old house or investing in a new machine for their company).
    I'm concentrating on helping the small businesses like the typical one-man carpenter companies and that is where I am different from most other financial consultants here in germany who only want to make fast money by consulting the big companies and business groups.

    Quote Originally Posted by G'Kyl View Post
    Btw: I know you were a huge fan - are you still into Monster Hunter
    Yes I am! I've started with Monster Hunter Freedom 2 about two months back and still play the first part of the series sometimes, too. I'm online with kai playing some monster hunter quite often in the later evenings. If you want to join in and do a few hunts together, let me know. I'll be glad to fight at your side against the most evil wyverns and dragons

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    I was made redundant on 20th March 2009 after 5 years as a self employed consultant. Being your own boss is the way forward.
    Last edited by Norfolk'n'Clue; 25th May 2014 at 07:22 PM.

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    I'm very glad to read all this Tom!

    At the convention I believe you were already saying that you were at a "good period of your life" (don't know how to say this) and it seems like it's getting even better! Congratulations!

    I hope that you'll have good stories to tell us about your company at the next convention!

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    /offtopic

    I just found this - seeing as you like Monster Hunter, you may wanna take a look, Tom

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