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About Andréa Coutu, Entrepreneur Coach
My name’s Andréa Coutu. I’m a marketing consultant in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada. And I’ve been a consultant for my entire career, starting while I was still in university. I’ve successfully run my consulting business through the dot-com crash, post 9-11 economic shakedown, Asian banking collapse and economic downturns. My clients range from the Fortune 500 to startups working from home offices.
Am I rich? I suppose that depends on how you define rich. I’m earning a good living, doing something I love. Since starting my consulting business, I’ve taken several dream vacations, obtained an MBA, started teaching university graduates, and reached many life goals. For me, having a business that fits with my values and lifestyle and that allows me to connect authentically with people is more important than anything else. Yes, I have a home by the beach in a sought-after neighbourhood, with lots of friends nearby, which means I lead with my lifestyle, not my wallet. If you’re looking for pictures of my sports car collection, keep moving along, as you’re more likely to stumble on me tweeting about sustainable housing or human rights!
If you’re here, I imagine you’re interested in consulting and entrepreneurship. Consultant Journal originally started when I decided to post articles to help the people who were finding my business website and asking how to get started. When a few posts went viral, I decided to start posting more regularly and an online community emerged.
Take a look around the site. If this is your first time here, you’ll want to read the Become a Consultant series, including my big list of reasons to become a consultant. You should also take a look at my article on work from home scams, so that you don’t get burned by people just waiting to take your money.
If you’re already comfortable with the idea of consulting and ready to put your dreams into action, take a look at my post on setting consulting fee rates. I share many of the tools I use to calculate consulting fees. In fact, that’s one of the most important articles on this site.
Whether you’re already working as a consultant or just tossing around ideas, ConsultantJournal.com has tips and tricks to help you grow your business. Still wondering what to do? Start here.
Contact me at info (at) consultantjournal (dot) com or visit http://consultantjournal.com/contact.
Andréa Coutu has been interviewed by Entrepreneur, CBC, CBC Radio, Radio Canada, Business Week, CanWest, The Vancouver Sun, The Vancouver Province, The Toronto Star, Realm Magazine, Business in Vancouver, Buffalo First, Buffalo Law Journal and many other media outlets. She has spoken about consulting, entrepreneurship, business start up, marketing, management, business strategy, advertising, work-life balance, parenting, working from home, MBAs and even road rage. She has also worked as a freelance writer, publishing articles in a range of magazines and newspapers, including USA Today.
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Consultant Journal believes in sustainability and social responsibility. We do this by:
- Supporting entrepreneurs in pursuing their life goals, often with the consideration of work-life balance, wellness, flex time, family time, personal values, one’s unique contribution to the world and the pursuit of dreams
- Offering our information products and promotions in electronic formats as our primary strategy
- Creating unique products, rather than saturating the market
- Recycling all paper in our office
- Favouring green transportation for meetings and choosing Skype and phone conferences when possible
- Providing microloans to entrepreneurs in least developed nations
- Practicing knowledge philanthropy with non-profits, inner city schools, young entrepreneurs, university programs and community-building organizations
Contact me at info (at) consultantjournal (dot) com.