one thing to consider is the hours you work vs. what a consulting company would expect. My experience has been that as consultants you're expected to be always on call and work 24/7. That's why the companies I worked for would hire them and why they 'bill' so much. The other thing is that I've noticed that they… » 8/29/14 9:00pm Yesterday 9:00pm

It's probably a good idea to get some change when you get some foreign cash or at least get some at the airport. I got caught once because I didn't realize the drive from airport to hotel was on a toll road. That could have been costly but the nice toll booth lady cautioned me and sent me on my way. Then I had to get… » 8/27/14 12:13pm Wednesday 12:13pm

I'd also suggest that before you start on a project consider when (time of day) you'll be able to work on it. If you get caught needing more screws or you need a plumbing bit will a store be available and open? I have a rule that I'll never start any plumbing project after 2 pm on a Saturday so that if I run into… » 8/22/14 4:59pm 8/22/14 4:59pm

I start getting antsy at the 3.5 year mark, that's usually when I've done 3 or 4 annual cycles in the current role and it's about time to look for the next opportunity. The other side is that I'm reasonably senior and experienced so I expect it will take longer to find the right fit. » 8/19/14 1:49pm 8/19/14 1:49pm

a Kreg pocket hole jig (they make a ton of other kinds of jigs btw) is probably the best investment I've made in tools. And it only cost around $40. Now that I have one I use it constantly and I don't have to design things so that I'm covering up screw heads or limit myself to using ugly brackets for shelves. » 8/09/14 2:00pm 8/09/14 2:00pm

I do something similar as an accountant - I have a blog where I post some of the process work that I do or some basic macros / ideas. Stuff that shows that I'm able to do the technical/hard skills and more importantly have good communication skills (the separator between management and analyst). It also gives people… » 8/06/14 7:20pm 8/06/14 7:20pm

There's also the sunk cost to consider, if you can use the building there is little incremental cost to consider, the services that are part of University don't cost any more in most cases either. As you said most night school students don't use any additional resources. They're just pure gravy economically. » 7/24/14 9:26pm 7/24/14 9:26pm

How $30 of leather and some effort ended up on my bike (or how i saved…

This starts with wanting some fancy grips for my new handlebars for my new runabout bike. I really like the look of the Brooks plump handlebar grips, the problem is they are very expensive–about $150 plus tax if I were to get them locally. That would be more than my bike is worth and just wasn't in the budget for a… » 7/23/14 7:31pm 7/23/14 7:31pm