We recently celebrated my youngest son’s first birthday with a big party -- with a bounce-house, around 80 guests and a Yogi Bear picnic theme. Seeing my son light up when we sang “Happy Birthday” was the highlight. When you're self-employed, though, it's often hard to turn off your "work brain." Here are a few things I noticed.

People will talk business if they want to. There were a number of teachers and their families at this party, some of whom could be potential clients for my advisory practice. I was careful not to talk about my practice unless someone else brought it up -- but a lot of them did. I shared basic information with them, wary about making a sales pitch. But in one conversation, I wound up explaining my practice in detail and learning out about a family’s financial needs. By the end, they had a better understanding of how I could help them. It may not turn into anything, but the word about Finance for Teachers was spread.

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