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Hi Lifehacker, I’m planning to start out a new consulting business, and as it will be a one-man operation initially, I am looking at using a virtual office to field phone calls and to give clients a physical address that isn’t my home office. I’ve looked into several different providers: is there anything I should watch out for or be mindful of when choosing a service?
As an independent contractor, you have no guarantees beyond the commitments you have right now. Your broader sense of freedom — compared to someone who works in an office — means you can dictate where your efforts will be spent each day. But it also means you have an ongoing responsibility to your bottom line and self-preservation. Your challenge is to find ways to plan for the future without knowing what’s around the corner.
When you think of good role models, businesses probably aren’t your first thought but you may be surprised by the wisdom they have to offer. After all, we often learn a lot from their leaders. A select few can teach us quite a bit about how to have fruitful, happy and successful lives.