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When we moved to new offices, I discovered that our telephone vendor, Telephone Communications, Inc., had automatically renewed our phone lease, obligation us to another two years of payments. At $500 per month, that was $12,000. Knowing my office lease was going to expire soon, I certainly did not voluntarily renew the phone lease. The phone company tricked me into a "renewal." Their monthly statements were a six-page nightmare, and in the impossible-to-read small print on the last page, they said they would automatically renew the lease.

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Stuart Murtach
Murtach & Murtach
1800 Lincoln Street, STE 4000
Denver, CO 80203

October 25, 20--

Ms. Chelsey Dhillon
Account Executive
Telephone Communications, Inc.
1660 Broadway, Suite 2550
Denver, CO 80264

RE: Contract #91454, Account Number 001000000093120
Dear Ms. Dhillon:

I have been retained by Mr. William Frank, President and CEO of CareerLab, on behalf of CareerLab, to address termination issues arising out of the referenced contract which was executed by CareerLab on 10/29/-- (the Contract). The Service Commencement Date would appear to have occurred sometime in December 20--. The initial term of the Contract was for two years.

On behalf of CareerLab I have been instructed to provide to Telephone Communications, Inc. notice of termination of the referenced Contract effective November 30, 20--. CareerLab's current lease in its space at 304 Inverness Way S, STE 465 Englewood, CO expires on November 30, 20--. Due to the exigencies of business CareerLab is unable to renew its lease at that location.

CareerLab will be moving to a suite in the Time Warner Telecom Building in Lone Tree, Colorado. CareerLab cannot transfer the services of Telephone Communications, Inc. to that suite because the owner of the building, Time Warner Telecom, requires the use of its telecommunications services as a condition of leasing in that building. Therefore, CareerLab is unable to receive the services of Telephone Communications, Inc. at that location.

Because of the impossibility of the utilization of the services of Telephone Communications, Inc. at its new location, CareerLab requests the waiver of any alleged termination charges that you might claim arise out of the referenced Contract.

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William S. Frank, M.A.,
25 Reasons I love consulting.
by William S. Frank
  1. Brand. You are your own brand, and you can define it any way you want. For many years, I provided outplacement to the ex-employees of Schlumberger, the world's largest oilfield service corporation. When departing employees left the company, they didn't request outplacement in their severance package. They said, "I want Bill Frank."
  2. Demand. The world will always be full of terrible problems that need solving.
  3. White Hat. I can be a helper and get paid for it.
  4. Pay. I can be paid to do things I'd gladly do for nothing.
  5. Variety. Every day is different.
  6. Happiness. At this stage of my career, I only work for people I respect and care about. If a client micromanages me or is otherwise no fun, I complete the assignment and replace them.
  7. Talent. I'm using 110% of my talents and stretching myself to the max.
  8. Change. I can change my focus any day I want. If you're a McDonald's franchisee, you don't say, "Hey, I've got this great idea for a meatball sandwich—let's try it out today." In consulting you can adjust your focus hour-by-hour, as long as your clients still understand and appreciate what you do.
  9. Income. No one else would pay me as much as I pay myself.
  10. FUN. I can't think of anything I'd rather be doing.
  11. Retirement. I can write and consult as long as I am physically and mentally capable. Peter Drucker worked into his 90s, and when asked which book was his best, he said: "My next one."
  12. Job Security. Although clients come and go, no one can come into my office and say, "Pack up your stuff . . . You don't work here anymore." In 29 years, I've only had one employer: ME.
  13. Travel. I don't have to travel unless I decide to. I travel if it's both FUN and profitable—or at least FUN.
  14. Commute. I live five minutes from my office, a corner office in an upscale six-story tower. In winter, I leave a heated garage at home and drive to an underground heated garage at work. There's seldom time to hear even one song on the radio.
  15. Vacation. Consulting is more fun than vacation (except on Wailea Beach in Maui).
  16. Friends. I have developed hundreds of close acquaintances and several lifetime friends.
  17. Time. I can work as much or as little as I like: four-hour days or 18-hour days. (Of course, my income will reflect that.)
  18. Employees. I can work with employees, subcontractors, partners, or alone—I've done it all.
  19. Passive Income. I've developed several products that provide "mailbox money." I earn while I'm sleeping.
  20. Ethics. I've never had to violate my values or personal code of ethics. I've never had to lie, purposely deceive or harm others, or promise things I can't deliver. I go to bed with a clear conscience. That doesn't mean there's never any conflict. But the conflict is conducted according to generally accepted business practices.
  21. Virtual. My career is fairly portable. With the Internet, e-mail, cell phone, and FedEx, I can work nationally, even internationally from my office—or anywhere in the world.
  22. Purpose. I make a difference in peoples' lives every day. I see it in their faces, hear it in their voices, and read it in their thank-yous.
  23. Experience. Every painful or joyful life experience makes me a better consultant. So does every person I meet or book I read. Grey hair can be good in consulting.
  24. Structure. I have to work very hard, and the clients expect superb results—but I get to structure my days, weeks, months, and years.
  25. Boss. Most of the time, I love my boss.
As I was posting these letters online, I realized I want to communicate my love for consulting. It's just a great business. The single letters, taken together, may create a picture of enjoyment, but in a burst of creativity I listed some of the reasons consulting is such a good fit for me—and perhaps for you, too. They are not prioritized; this is just how they came out.