For many coming out of a corporate career, consulting is a high value way to leverage experience, knowledge, talents and skills, while sharing best practices. It’s an ideal activity for those who want a high degree of flexibility and control over their time, but want meaningful and gratifying work. And you can keep things interesting by working with a variety of companies or organizations. Consulting deliverables take many forms including analysis, guidance, recommendations and, potentially, interim assignments. Whether you’re considering becoming a consultant, or have already decided to pursue this direction, the information on these pages will help give you clarity and direction.
10 yes/no questions to help you determine if this is a good direction for you
Do I like to work independently?
Do I enjoy project work?
Do I like solving problems?
Do I like sales or business development?
Do I have a robust network of business contacts?
Am I self-directed?
Am I comfortable working with limited resources?
Do I have analytical skills?
Have I developed a set of best practices from my career that I can leverage?
Do I have the financial resources to weather the dry spells when client work slows down?
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Here are questions and answers that address common issues and concerns for those considering becoming an independent consultant.
Assess this option against the following eight criteria: