About this blog

After more than 20 years operating a trial consulting practice together as co-founding partners of Magnus Research Consultants, Inc. and Magnus Graphics, Inc., and more than 25 years of marriage, Dr. Melissa Pigott and David Fauss decided to share some of their thoughts, experiences, pet peeves, and perspectives on operating a small “mom & pop” business. The intended audience for their writings is other business owners, as well as employees of small businesses. Trial consulting is a professional service business, as was David’s photography business. There are many unique issues faced by professional service providers; Melissa and David share some of their insights on running a successful business.

Fine System

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On September 25, 2013

Category: Partnerships, Work-Life

When one’s business partner is also one’s spouse, there is a natural tendency to have work discussions at home or on other personal time. It is often difficult to “be off the clock” when there are issues at work that demand the attention of the small business person at all hours of the day, on […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On September 25, 2013

Category: Partnerships, Work-Life

Melissa has made out better than I have in collecting fines, even if I have been entrapped on an occasion or two. I mean, I can’t help it when someone calls me on my cell phone, right? When we first met I was a freelance photographer and on call for clients. She did not always […]

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Travel Patterns, Routines, & Variations

A Point of View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On September 23, 2013

Category: Travel

The work we do as trial consultants involves traveling nationwide – wherever the cases may be. Traveling presents many challenges and is physically tiring. Developing some patterns to bring methods to the madness helps with these challenges. For example, we long ago established some routines or standard operating procedures (SOPs) when it comes to travel […]

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Another View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On September 23, 2013

Category: Travel

Speaking as the person for whom the travel arrangements are usually made, the essentials involved in doing things the same way, from trip to trip, airport to airport, rental car, to rental car, etc. is one less thing for the weary traveler to worry about. If I can arrive to an airport, tired (and probably […]

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Differing Expertise

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On September 18, 2013

Category: Partnerships, Work-Life

My husband and I have been married for longer than we have worked together. Many of our family members, friends, and clients (many of whom have become our friends) have asked us, “how do you work together and stay married?’; “doesn’t working together and being married cause a lot of power struggles and other problems?”: […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On September 18, 2013

Category: Partnerships, Work-Life

What Melissa said does not mean it doesn’t work for life and work partners to have the same expertise.  Certainly we know attorneys (some of them our clients) who are married and of couples in other professions with the same training who work together just fine.  The point is, we have one less point of […]

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