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042 – Starting a Consulting Business with David Shriner-Cahn 

 August 16, 2022

By  Jake Lang

In this episode...

Today, I am excited to interview David Shriner-Cahn of smashingtheplateau.com

David shows us how he used his expertise working as a finance executive in the non-profit sector to start his consulting business. David now teaches consultants how to create their own businesses in his membership community at Smashing The Plateau.

David Shriner-Cahn Case Study

David is featured in my new book Use Your Job to Quit Your Job. Below is the case study from the book where David is featured. This comes directly from the book:

This is what David Shriner-Cahn did. David worked as an executive in the non-profit sector for over twenty years. When he was laid off from his job, he decided it was time to pursue his dream of entrepreneurship. Naturally, having enjoyed working in the nonprofit space in his previous career, he chose to start his business as a consultant in nonprofit management. Using his expertise, having managed nonprofits for over 20 years, and leveraging his connections, David was able to quickly book his first consulting clients. All he had to do was tell his connections that he started a consulting practice, this led to referrals, which immediately led to clients. Soon after, David used his expertise in business management and expanded into consulting private for-profit businesses. Years later, after building a profitable consulting practice that supported David’s life as a full-time entrepreneur, he started a new business at smashingtheplateau.com where he helps consultants, coaches, and professional service business owners learn how to be more successful entrepreneurs. You can see how David used his expertise in nonprofit management to start his consulting practice, which led to an expanded consulting practice, which then led to his business teaching consultants at Smashing the Plateau. Consulting is a viable and easy option for your first business. Take what you know, from your experience working in the industry and sell it. Start with consulting, use it as a stepping stone into entrepreneurship, then build your next business just like David did.

This Interview

This interview is part of a series of case studies that I will be publishing to The Entrepreneur Ride Along Podcast over the coming weeks as I interview successful entrepreneurs in the online business space. These interviews and case studies will be featured in my newest book Use Your Job to Quit Your Job.

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Jake Lang


Jake Lang is an author, entrepreneur, and founder of over seven online businesses. Jake now helps new entrepreneurs start and scale their first online business at TheEntrepreneurRideAlong.com where he shares his experiences along the entrepreneurial journey starting and growing new businesses.

It’s Jake’s mission to start a new online business every year and share everything behind the scenes on The Entrepreneur Ride Along Podcast and The Entrepreneur Ride Along Blog so that new entrepreneurs can learn from Jake’s mistakes, understand the struggles of starting a new business, and find the path to entrepreneurial success.

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