It happens at least twice a week. I log onto LinkedIn and see yet another connection switching from "Full-time Employee at ABC Company" to "Independent Consultant" or "Self-Employed". As a mentor to a variety of professionals, it is exciting to see so many people take a leap of faith to explore a new career path. The idea of being an Independent Consultant is very attractive. It is a great way to work flexible hours, work on satisfying projects as well as broaden your network.
As the CEO of Advance Talent Solutions, we see those status updates as new opportunities. Like similar organizations, we hire independent consultants to work on some of our projects, allowing us to leverage their expertise to benefit our clients. But what people do not share often is that independent consulting can also be grueling. You are a small "startup" trying to balance your newly found work freedom while hustling to try to find clients to pay the bills. The transition may not be easy at first but, once you are over the initial hurdles, it is doable. Here are 3 tips to get your business together as an Independent Consultant: