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Thursdays @ 3 - Starting your own engineering firm

  • 1.  Thursdays @ 3 - Starting your own engineering firm

    Posted 02-17-2022 04:30 PM
    Thank you to @Michael Howell, @Karen Jehanian, @Joseph Rozmiarek, and @Susan Morrice for joining the panel today on starting your own engineering firm. This was such a fantastic conversation! I really enjoyed hearing your thoughts and perspectives.

    We had some great questions we weren't able to answer. I wanted to start this thread to continue the conversation. Here are the questions:  

    • How do you deal with HR and other nonengineering related tasks?
    • How many months of living expenses should you have saved?
    • What gave you the courage to make the jump to start your own company?
    • How did you go from a consultancy company to an operating producing energy company with all the associated extra risk? 
    • Is there any "special sauce "for success as an entrepreneur? 
    • What is the most difficult decision you had to make as a business owner?
    • What is a component of your best day?
    • You mentioned one should start building their network in college. How critical is this long after graduation?
    • Most recent tough moment at work?


    Tirza Austin
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    American Society of Civil Engineers
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