consulting while traveling


Question for you guys....I am a traveler at the present time and took my test in March (maybe?). I have not done anything further because I move every 3 months and figure I will have to wait it out till I am someplace permanent to attempt to start up my business.

Any thoughts?

I would really like to get moving on it since I put so much time into getting the certification, but I dont know if people will want to work with me in such a short amount of time. I would like just to throw an introductory letter out there to an office right across the street from my apartment-but admittedly I am scared! The extra money would be nice as well!

opinions please!


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Having a changing point of contact would probably be a turn off for prospective clients. Although electronic communication is prevalent, they would likely shy away from someone that moved around. The attys would be worried about "finding" you. They would have to rely on you to keep in touch and they may not like that insecurity of having to wait until you contacted them and not knowing if you were out there or not.

You may also have problems regarding taxes moving around and working in various states other than the one that you have your DBA or incorporation papers filed in.


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Thank you for your reply! I had not thought about the tax issue, but I assumed that since I would be doing my own taxes and setting aside per quarter that it wouldn't matter...then there is state income tax!

The other thing is that my cell phone number would not change or my email...but I do not have a fax machine so that number would change for best suggestion just to wait until I am settled again?


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Changing ANY of your contact information is not good business. Even if it is just a fax number. Without a solid contact info that rarely changes, you could be seen as "fly-by-night" and not worth the risk. You should only change your contact info for good reason: permanent move to a rented/owned office space outside your home, permanent move to another city/state, adding phone & fax lines. This is not just nursing, this is a business. Without following business rules you may not have a business to run.

Don't forget, there is more than just personal income tax when you run a business. You will be paying "self-employment" tax BEFORE you make money based on previous quarter's or year's income. There are also other taxes that may be assessed by different localities for business taxes. They take that stuff pretty seriously and do not want you operating out of other locales. Otherwise the county and/or state that you filed for business operation in will lose out on local taxes as well as the county/state that you are in could be owed taxes an you didn't know it. They tend to frown on not registering in the county/state that you will be in and 3 months at a time could constitute an office address move. If someone wanted to push the issue, you could be in trouble for not maintaining a an address in one place and thus not paying business taxes. And every county and state has different rules on taxes, filing for business permit, etc. Unless you are well versed in all the rules of finance and taxes, I recommend you get a CPA to keep yourself out of trouble with the government.

Since marketing is one of the most important aspects of getting work, moving frequently would decrease your ability to effectively market in one area. Often times it is harder to say no to someone that is in your face in person. But it is really easy to hang up the phone or throw marketing materials in the trash. Always moving around would hinder your ability to market to the same people. It can take 20 or more contacts with you or your ads before someone is willing to buy from you. You will not be able to provide consistent contact to the same people if you are never in the same place.

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