Here’s Why It’s Time For You To Start Freelancing

Originally Published in ForbesAshley Stahl

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Depending upon the circumstances, sometimes I’ll suggest to my clients that they explore freelance work. All too often, the response I get is, “What?!? Are you crazy?” One client—we’ll call her Sally—nearly had a heart attack. “Are you kidding me? I need a regular paycheck! How would I find work? What if I couldn’t find enough work? How would I pay my bills? And what about benefits?” Slow down, Sally! While there are certainly some downsides to freelance work, there are also a lot of misconceptions. It’s not for everyone, but the reality is that it can be the perfect career move for some professionals, depending on a variety of factors. And there are a ton of perks—making your own schedule, cherry-picking clients, and being your … Read More

New Study Indicates A Spike In Underproductive Workers

Originally Published in ForbesAshley Stahl

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Ever find yourself at work, mindlessly surfing the web, perusing the latest line of handbags, or checking on your fantasy football league rankings? Be honest. Well, turns out you’re not alone. Wasting time during the workday happens more often than most of us would like to admit. A recent survey conducted by Paychex.com asked 2,000 employees across a variety of industries about their tendencies to waste time at work. The survey revealed that Millennials waste more time than older generations; only 40% of Millennials reported wasting less than an hour per day, compared to 46% of Generation X, and 68% of Baby Boomers. Industry made a major difference when it came to wasting work time, too. Of the survey respondents who reported wasting less than an … Read More

Lessons Learned From Sophia Amoruso’s ‘#Girlboss’ Movement

Originally Published in ForbesAshley Stahl

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As a career coach to thousands of job seekers—many of whom are millennial women— I can’t help but pick up on the trends I notice in my clientele. Lately, it seems that everyone is reading #GirlBoss, a best-selling book published in May 2014 by Sophia Amoruso, founder of the Nasty Gal clothing empire. When I picked up the book, I was prepared for a heavy dose of clichés. But after reading it, I understand why the hashtag #GirlBoss has appeared on more than 2.5 million Instagram posts: It’s not just a catchy book title, it’s a movement. Kudos to Amoruso! She speaks to the struggle of developing our dreams and our work ethic, which we can all relate to, whether we’re chipping away at a Ph.D. … Read More

5 Things You Didn’t Know About A Career In Management Consulting

Originally Published in ForbesAshley Stahl

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I have to admit, when I first started my company and was seeking advice on how to build my business, I had no idea what management consulting was. A quick Google search of the term told me that management consulting is “the practice of helping organizations to improve their performance.” Well good, I thought, because I was worried Google would be vague about it! The irony, though, is that defining management consulting is vague in itself because the concept is so broad. Clients seek out management consultants for solutions to a very wide range of specific problems, whether it’s advice on how to restructure the company, guidance on revamping HR, or a plan for upgrading the company’s IT suite. At the core, however, there are … Read More