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- From: AnandNene(--nospam--at)aol.com
- Date: Fri, 24 Jan 1997 11:23:08 -0500 (EST)
In a message dated 97-01-24 00:10:00 EST, you write: << I've busted my hocks for about 10 years in private practice, but I've never been happier. I've learned to set real priorities, take credit for good work, own up to my mistakes, exercise judgement and learn a lot about the art and the business of engineering. Best of all, my work relationships are truly professional; if a client is right or wrong, it's my professional duty to explain why and show him what needs to be done, honestly and respectfully, without worrying that I've made a highly placed enemy or taken the wrong side in a corporate blood bath. >> You spoke for me!! I also agree with Dennis Wish. I have been on my own for six years in this country and really enjoy it. Sure, there are ups and downs and once in a while I wonder how I am going to make mortgage payment for my house and office. Other times I wonder why I am looking at a foundation of a house crawling on my (still controlled) belly when I could be working on a high profile project with exposure, name and fame. Well, my rewards are that my clients are happy with my service. My practice is 100% referrals. I collect 99% of my fees and fortunately did not have a need to go to small claims so far. It is particularly satisfying when a client calls to thank for sound advise, clear explanation of my views and opinions. I just had this experience when I was called by a client to look at an existing house he was planning to buy in the east bay hills. Besides, these jobs pay well per hour since I charge a fixed fee. Of course I take more exciting and challenging jobs at lower fees to keep my hands on different types of jobs. Makes my work diverse and interesting. Bottom line is whatever makes you happy. Self employement is not for everyone. But those who ventured it may be rewarded. Anand Nene, S. E.
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