FAQ

What type of consulting / coaching do you do?

Over the years, I’ve consulted on everything from multi-million-dollar data security projects, to winning RFPs for clients, helping others build businesses from the ground up, expand existing businesses and “other duties as required.” I even have a full-blown 50++ hour consulting / coaching course.

As of April 2022, my business focus is specific to API-based Identity and Access Management (CIAM / IAM) projects. Most recently, I built out a full-stack multi-million user white-label Identity as a Service implementation.

If you’re interested in IAM / CIAM work, connect via the contact form. You can also reach out via LinkedIn, but the response time may be longer.

Are you taking on new clients?

I’m always interested in discussing interesting opportunities, but only have the bandwidth at this time for 1–2 projects per year.

If you’re interested in getting an IAM or data security-related project up and running or getting an existing one out the door this year, reach me on the contact page and we’ll set up an informal discussion.

(Like most people in 2022, I’m not a big fan of traditional ‘interviews’—but always open to having a no-obligation consultative chat.)

I generally take on 1–3 business coaching clients a year in addition to IAM / CIAM work. If you’re interested in non-IAM business coaching or consulting, please check out the coaching FAQ.

Why would I do an Identity Access Management (IAM / CIAM) project with you instead of hiring some giant consulting firm or mega-corp?

This could be a blog in and of itself! But here is a very short TL;DR version:

  • We don’t have the massive overhead of larger consulting firms. This allows us to:
    • Getting up and running quickly and efficiently.
    • Focus on bringing the best talent to your project.
    • And doing all that for less than the typical $225–$300/hour big consulting firms.
  • I’ve been doing IAM-related projects longer than most everyone else (bringing you massive “been there / done that”) in the space and am well-connected to other 10++ year veterans who can get stuff done right.
  • A wide variety of expertise, tool, verticals and methods exposure.
  • We’re vendor / technology neutral, but focus on modern 2020’s API-centric IAM.
  • We’re not hard sell. We don’t have large benches of idle staff to bill you for, or external boards to please, or vendor sales quotas to honor by pushing companies into things that aren’t right for them. As noted elsewhere, we’ll be just as or more likely to talk you out of something as in to something if it’s not right for you.
  • Calling us will get you routed quickly to the right resource. If we cannot help you or your project doesn’t fit our model, we’ll refer you to other trusted experts in the field.

Are you looking for W2 or full-time employment? (FTE)

I work via corp-to-corp contracts (1099-NEC/INV) managed by our firm Links Business Group LLC. However, if we do work together, you have my assurance that it will be me and me alone doing the work for you. The contracting firm is simply the legal entity and arrangement for doing so.

Will you travel to our site / project / place of business?

As of late April 2022, our firm follows a general ‘no travel’ and ‘remote first’ model. We continue delivering in this paradigm for decades and expect our model to continue. That said, every project is a case-by-case basis and if we decide to work together and the contract absolutely requires a travel meeting, we can discuss accordingly.

Why are some of the links / tools / podcasts “out of date” ?

I’ve been blogging off and on almost 20 years now. There have been several business, business-nutrition, and IAM-related projects over the years; many have rolled into CorbinLinks.com. There have also been 7 different podcasts over the years.

Most CorbinLinks.com content is and always intended to be ‘evergreen’ and written that way. Except for some of the URLS and especially tool / software links, I’d say well over 86++% of material here is just as fresh and valid in mid-2022 as ever.

Many associates, clients and the community find instructional value in The Corbin Links Show and you can listen to episodes here or subscribe via iTunes.

Can I be a guest on your podcast?

I’m flattered to still get variations of this question over 6 years since posting the last episode of The Corbin Links Show. But the answer is “no” due to the fact we are not actively publishing new episodes. If anything changes in the future, we’ll be sure to post it here and LinkedIn.

Does that mean you’ll be posting more regular updates to the CorbinLinks.com site?

Yes, on an as-needed basis. As of April 2022, CorbinLinks.com is primarily a reference / “calling card” for existing and potential new clients. Since 90%++ percent of all business we do is word-of-mouth or direct referral, we do very little new-client business here. Please see the previous question about content currency and evergreen information.

I’m an independent content creator. Can I post articles / material on CorbinLinks.com?

Thank you for considering us, but the answer must be “no.” We have never published third-party content on this or related sites and do not plan to change that model. And honestly, given the referral-only nature of this site and monthly traffic levels, your time will be much better served running your own platform or targeting “big name bloggers.”

Well, then can I propose “edits” to your article so you can include links to my stuff / information / awesome tool / software, etc.?

Same as above but thank you for asking. Anything we’ve written about or included is based on 100% hands-on direct experience with whatever that thing / tool / service is.

Folks are always using the contact form to tell us about their shiny thing, or how we “should include this or that on a post.” So if I or the team have written about it and you have an update to that thing, then absolutely—please feel free to school us on your updates. But otherwise, we’ll stick with we know and have tested as the best service to our clients and readers.

Do you have affiliate marketing / third-party sales links on your site?

We have a few affiliate links here and there, but they are not actively maintained (see above) and we have no vested interest whether you use them or not. I don’t even think we could tell you if any of the links generate any sales.

Affiliate marketing is not a revenue generator for us and any you do find are merely convenience. Feel free to just visit any direct vendor websites if you like.

How can I ask questions not covered in the FAQ, website, blog, podcast, or LinkedIn profile?

Please use the contact formBut—if you’re an existing client, call directly at the 1-800 number, or your dedicated account contact’s direct line. Just note that questions covered above, including the all-too-frequent “can I come clean your offices…” or “can I write / post / suggest stuff on your site” are not legit business or partnership inquires and may not receive a direct response.

Are you hiring?

100% of our placements are direct or word-of-mouth. If you have a skillset or service you think will be a great fit, please send a personalized LinkedIn request to join my network. (InMail requests should also be accompanied by a network join request.) Share with me what you have in mind and if there’s a possible fit, we’ll get together and chat.

I cannot emphasize this strongly enough—IF you’d like to connect via LinkedIn, be sure to send a **personalized** invitation. It helps to mention your service, how you found out about me / Links Business Group LLC and what you have in mind. Be as specific as possible.

I think I remember seeing you selling books and and business / consulting courses some time back. Do you still sell them?

As of late April 2022, we are not actively selling updated books and courses. However, we are working on separate projects related to some of our materials. New updates will be posted on this site and LinkedIn.

Any other projects on the web?

Check out one of our sister projects Kitchen Love Stories. It is created and edited by my wife and part of the Links Business Group LLC family of resources.

Additionally, we’re actively involved in some blockchain and NFT-related projects under a different umbrella (not covered on CorbinLinks.com.)

Why don’t I see you all over social media? Doesn’t social media make you “legit?”

I’ll refrain from diving too much into my thoughts on the second question. But for the first, I found many years ago extensive social media time / financial investment made extremely little difference to our bottom line. Like near zero, except for a few book sales.

At our high point, we spent thousands monthly on multiple social media channels and adverts, plus immeasurable time diverting billable resources to socials.

(Hint: if you’re considering a business coaching call or package, we rarely recommend most clients spend a lot of time with social media either. Most people won’t admit this, but the metrics don’t work out for the vast majority of businesses.)

As we enter mid quarter 2 of 2022, our focus continues to be direct word-of-mouth and targeted business. For now, my main social channels are CorbinLinks.com and LinkedIn.

Do you still run the VIP List mentioned on some of your posts and podcast episodes?

Not at this time. Most digital product and general VIP Lists were discontinued around 3 years ago.

Now, all mail exchanges are 100% for clients and business partners. A number of previous subscribers have asked about bringing it back and if we do, will post updates to CorbinLinks.com and LinkedIn.

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