Do you know how many people would like to write a book? Are you a person who needs a second job that would allow you to work from home and eventually replace that first job? Writing, speaking, and coaching skills will enable you to do just that.
Do you know that many bivocational ministers work 60 to 70 hours a week? What does that do to their family life? What kinds of struggles do they face for them to be the kinds of examples to others they know they should be?
Further, do you Know that many ministers have given and given over their lifetimes, and when it comes to retirement, they have little to show for the lifetime of labor?
Do you know others in similar professions who could benefit from starting their own businesses–either to supplement their present incomes or to play “Catch-Up” in their retirement years?
This is what I do. I help people improve their lives and their own finances, while at the same time, making a difference in the lives of others.
The Story of My “Double Life”
No, this is not the kind of double life that is often mentioned when someone has a secret part of his or her life. It is not the double life of which one could or should be ashamed.
For most of my life, after college, I have been involved in ministry, and many of the situations were pioneering types of ministries that provided little in the way of financial compensation. Some of them provided adequate compensation, but not extras like savings for retirement. Often I worked another job. Some of them were temporary jobs gained through places like “ManPower,” etc. I worked for Radio Shack, Kinko’s Copies, SAM’s Club, and things like that.
Sometimes, however, the “extra job” would be a full-time Christian type of activity and they paid well, and I still worked for a church as well, either as senior pastor or in another capacity as part of the pastoral staff. For over 25 years, I was involved in Christian education. Part of the work in Christian education gained me the skills to use a computer (just at the time personal computers came on the scene. Then I wrote several textbooks as a staff writer. The most recent of these Christian Ed. experiences was the start-up of a faith-based college. I moved through the ranks from an adjunct professor to department chair, dean of academic affairs, and finally to the position of provost. I attribute that in part to some of the so-called soft skills.
I do have some educational credentials, including a doctorate, where, again, I had to gain writing skills.
All these varied experiences even contribute to my “A.K.A.’s.” I am known as Randy, Pastor Carney, Bro. Randy, and Dr. Carney, depending on the context at the time.
I am just sharing this to let you know that I know the importance of that “second job.”
I am one of those who played “Catch Up,” but we have a paid-for home, and things have been good for us. I am quite excited about using the skills I have gained over these years to produce books, work as a professional speaker, and provide life coaching or success coaching.
Several years ago, my wife encouraged me to write a book on marriage, so now I am involved in producing a six-book series called The LOVING Way to a Successful Marriage.
Collegiate Consulting Service (CCS) focuses on my speaking, writing, and coaching enterprises.
CCS started by helping students, young and old, complete their college degrees by alternative means, while not having to leave their present ministries or job situations. That type of coaching is still available today, but the scope of the business has widened.
Today CCS has evolved into helping others write their own books, develop speaking businesses, and get involved in providing life or success coaching for others. These three skills, writing, speaking, and life coaching, are skills that are already possessed by ministers, and they can be developed by others in many varied fields.
Why I Want To Help Others
I have seen the joy of discovering how to work from home, to set my own schedule, and to replace the income from other types of work.
I especially have a passion to help others in bivocational ministry. I do this by helping them to use online resources to have a great second job that provides income and flexibility. That, in turn, makes it possible to spend more time with their families.
I also know that the online marketing can be learned. I have systems that can help others to produce books–even if they have not previous experience in writing. Even the speaking can be learned by those who have a desire. Then the life or success coaching provides a way to pay our successes forward. So, I also have a passion to help non-ministers also take these steps to supplement and/or replace their “day jobs.”
The Goal of My Site
I help my clients discover which options they should focus on first–whether it be writing, speaking, or coaching. Then we develop a plan to scale all three to a great part-time business which can easily rise to the level of a full-time income. (Except for non-retirement-aged bivocational ministers who wish to keep their primary ministry or church, many of these clients will often replace their “day jobs.” See the definition of the “new bivocational pastor” by clicking here.)
The new bivocational pastor will wish to replace his marketplace job with something that provides more flexibility where he can be free to focus on his primary ministry. The non-minister will also often want to replace his or her marketplace job with something that will provide more flexibility in life as well.
This blog will feature my books, my speaking topics, and my coaching opportunities. But, more important than that, it will also feature information on how you can embark on a similar journey if you desire to make your market-place job one where you can work from home, set your own schedule, and increase your income.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,
Founder of Collegiate Consulting Service