From Serf to Surfer: Becoming a Network Consultant by Matthew Strebe, Marc S. Bragg, Steven T. Klovanish |, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
From Serf to Surfer: Becoming a Network Consultant

From Serf to Surfer: Becoming a Network Consultant

by Matthew Strebe, Marc S. Bragg, Steven T. Klovanish
     
 
You're experienced, you're skilled, you're certified — and you're stuck flying a desk and babysitting servers for a company that doesn't understand your value. Why not break out of the 9-to-5 grind and become a network consultant, leveraging your skills and knowledge to let yourself work less and make more money? This book shows you how to

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You're experienced, you're skilled, you're certified — and you're stuck flying a desk and babysitting servers for a company that doesn't understand your value. Why not break out of the 9-to-5 grind and become a network consultant, leveraging your skills and knowledge to let yourself work less and make more money? This book shows you how to transition from working in a traditional, regular-paycheck world to running your own business; how to put together business plans that make sense; how to build an image and market yourself; how to set pricing and write contracts; how to get clients—and how to keep them. Includes coverage of the legal issues you need to understand. Get ready to walk out on your boss!

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Are you a network professional? Feeling unappreciated and underpaid? Fantasizing about going out on your own? Stop fantasizing. Do something about it. From Serf To Surfer: Becoming A Network Consultant helps you decide once and for all whether the leap is right for you. And if it is, Matthew Strebe shows you how, step-by-step.

This is the first book written specifically about network consulting—and designed for folks with no business experience (if you've got some, that's gravy). Strebe shows you how to build a network of contacts while you're still employed; create a viable business plan, develop an image, market yourself, set pricing, and write watertight contracts.

Now that your time is truly money, Strebe proffers invaluable project management guidance. He also offers pointers on effective communication, a skill everyone can use help with, even the pocket-protector crowd (grin).

You'll learn the fine art of finding clients and keeping them so happy they'll pay you more money for less work than you're doing now. (If you're any good, you'll still be swamped—but it'll feel a whole lot better!)


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780782126617
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 8.91(h) x 0.79(d)

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Meet the Author

Matthew Strebe, MCSE and avid collector of traffic tickets, is a networking consultant with more than a decade of hammering networks into shape. Encouraged by a stern but kindly judge to go to sea at the tender age of 18, Strebe discovered that building the Navy's first fiber-optic LAN aboard a warship was far easier than scraping paint off the ship's side. Back on dry land, Strebe worked as a network integrator for a small (and slightly dysfunctional) defense contractor before deciding that network consulting was easier than filing for unemployment. Since taking this dramatic step for mankind, Strebe has seen all of the mistakes that he tells you how to avoid in this book.

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