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Official Random Thoughts Thread - Part 3

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Post#1 Official Random Thoughts Thread - Part 3
Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:36 pm by nate33

I lost my job a few weeks ago. Rather than join a new company (which would involve a move) I decided to launch my own consulting engineering firm. I've spent the last few weeks setting up a home office, getting my LLC designation, creating a website, and putting together my mailing list for clients. I'm making my first marketing calls this week. It's exciting but a little scary.
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Post#2 Re: Official Random Thoughts Thread - Part 3
Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:15 pm by FreeBalling

Congratulations Nate on becoming and entrepreneur.

http://www.entrepreneur.com/startingabu ... index.html
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Post#3 Re: Official Random Thoughts Thread - Part 3
Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:24 pm by wermolwermol777

good luck nate!
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Post#4 Re: Official Random Thoughts Thread - Part 3
Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:55 pm by montestewart

nate33 wrote:I lost my job a few weeks ago. Rather than join a new company (which would involve a move) I decided to launch my own consulting engineering firm. I've spent the last few weeks setting up a home office, getting my LLC designation, creating a website, and putting together my mailing list for clients. I'm making my first marketing calls this week. It's exciting but a little scary.

What's your envisioned primary market/clients?

Good luck. Good to have some gutsy examples around.
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Post#5 Re: Official Random Thoughts Thread - Part 3
Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:17 pm by nate33

montestewart wrote:
nate33 wrote:I lost my job a few weeks ago. Rather than join a new company (which would involve a move) I decided to launch my own consulting engineering firm. I've spent the last few weeks setting up a home office, getting my LLC designation, creating a website, and putting together my mailing list for clients. I'm making my first marketing calls this week. It's exciting but a little scary.

What's your envisioned primary market/clients?

Good luck. Good to have some gutsy examples around.

I'm a fire protection engineer who specializes in forensics. That is, when something goes wrong with a fire protection system (it fails to put out a fire, a sprinkler system freezes, a smoke alarm fails to sound, resulting in fatalities, etc.) an insurance company or an attorney hires me to figure out what went wrong and to ultimately be an expert witness in civil litigation.

My primary market is therefore insurance adjusters, in-house attorney's for insurance companies, and law firms specializing in subrogation.
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Post#6 Re: Official Random Thoughts Thread - Part 3
Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:39 am by gil2good

nate33 wrote:I lost my job a few weeks ago. Rather than join a new company (which would involve a move) I decided to launch my own consulting engineering firm. I've spent the last few weeks setting up a home office, getting my LLC designation, creating a website, and putting together my mailing list for clients. I'm making my first marketing calls this week. It's exciting but a little scary.


yay engineering..im graduating from vt in mechanical this semester..on a side note i havent posted on realgm since i was in high school i believe (forgot my pw and now randomly remembered it)
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Post#7 Re: Official Random Thoughts Thread - Part 3
Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:06 am by Chocolate City Jordanaire

nate33 wrote:I lost my job a few weeks ago. Rather than join a new company (which would involve a move) I decided to launch my own consulting engineering firm. I've spent the last few weeks setting up a home office, getting my LLC designation, creating a website, and putting together my mailing list for clients. I'm making my first marketing calls this week. It's exciting but a little scary.

Congrats.

One door closes and a better one opens, nate. Might just look like a crack under a window, but it's the path for you to grow into.
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Post#8 Re: Official Random Thoughts Thread - Part 3
Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:54 am by Knighthonor

I am still waiting to see if I get invite to Guild Wars 2 beta.

Come on!!! Tired of refreshing my email!!!
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Post#9 Re: Official Random Thoughts Thread - Part 3
Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:11 am by verbal8

Good luck Nate.
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Post#10 Re: Official Random Thoughts Thread - Part 3
Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:37 am by gesa2

Good luck Nate! As logical and precise as you are on this forum, I can't imagine you not succeeding.
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Post#11 Re: Official Random Thoughts Thread - Part 3
Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:10 am by nate33

Thanks for the well wishes, guys.
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Post#12 Re: Official Random Thoughts Thread - Part 3
Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:41 am by fishercob

nate, congrats. If I could buy stock in you or your company, I would (do you need investors)? Btw, I have a college buddy who just re-lo'd to Dublin from Milwaukee. He had been with Miller. Great guy, family man.
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Post#13 Re: Official Random Thoughts Thread - Part 3
Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:52 am by Nivek

My grandfather was an engineer. Good luck in the new venture.
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Post#14 Re: Official Random Thoughts Thread - Part 3
Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:53 am by nate33

fishercob wrote:nate, congrats. If I could buy stock in you or your company, I would (do you need investors)? Btw, I have a college buddy who just re-lo'd to Dublin from Milwaukee. He had been with Miller. Great guy, family man.

No. The beauty of my consulting business is that there is extremely low overhead. Basically, it's my computer, camera, printer, office furniture, and marketing budget. I don't need any inventory, or expensive equipment. I'm working out of my house (which offers a lot of tax advantages).
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Post#15 Re: Official Random Thoughts Thread - Part 3
Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:34 am by Nivek

So, I'm listening to a few minutes of Mike & Mike on the morning commute. Tom Izzo is on, and talks about key moments -- two offensive rebounds Michigan State allowed that turned into 3pt FGs by Louisville. The conversation rolls on, Izzo is finished, then Golic and Bilas do some filler chat until the break.

Which Golic starts by saying -- Izzo talked about those two offensive rebounds that led to threes. Fundamentals, attention to detail, stuff that doesn't show up in the box score.

And I'm having a driving face palm. OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS AND THREE POINT SHOTS ARE IN THE F-ING BOX SCORE!
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Post#16 Re: Official Random Thoughts Thread - Part 3
Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:56 pm by dobrojim

1st, best wishes to Nate on his new endeavor

Tomorrow is the BIG day for my older daughter as she will
be competing at the State Tourney in Harrisonburg her
event being impromptu speaking.
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Post#17 Re: Official Random Thoughts Thread - Part 3
Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:52 pm by fugop

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Post#18 Re: Official Random Thoughts Thread - Part 3
Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:25 am by montestewart

His thighs are almost as big as his waist. No wonder he could push anyone around.
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Post#19 Re: Official Random Thoughts Thread - Part 3
Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:09 am by dobrojim

final outcome for this year for daughter #1

there were 12 contestants for the AAA impromptu speaking.
3 rounds, top 6 go to a final round.

She did not make the top 6. However, in addition to the honor
of merely making it to the State meet, the other 11 contestants
consisted of 10 seniors and one junior. My daughter is a soph.
I can live with that.
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Post#20 Re: Official Random Thoughts Thread - Part 3
Mon Apr 2, 2012 2:08 pm by dobrojim

great pix of Unseld

Any RealGMers going to happy hour tonight?
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