What does inflation mean for consulting wages?

What does inflation mean for consulting wages?

Recent data shows that inflation is at its highest level since 1982. And the labor market is hot, with 1.8 job openings for every worker actively looking for a job. These changes have boosted wages in recent months in industries across the economy. Most of the conversation about labor shortages and wage growth has related … Continue reading What does inflation mean for consulting wages?

Third Thursday Talks | Kristen Matthews on Influencer Marketing

Third Thursday Talks | Kristen Matthews on Influencer Marketing

EM is premiering a new series known as Third Thursday Talks. We will be speaking with a wide array of EM community members on topics such as how they found consulting, and deep dives into their areas of expertise. To start the series, here is a discussion on influencer marketing. Ken spoke with Kristen Matthews, … Continue reading Third Thursday Talks | Kristen Matthews on Influencer Marketing

Third Thursday Talks | Adam Duran, “Humble, Hungry, and Smart.”

Third Thursday Talks | Adam Duran, “Humble, Hungry, and Smart.”

EM is premiering a new series known as Third Thursday Talks. We will be speaking with a wide array of EM community members on topics such as how they found consulting, and deep dives into their areas of expertise. To start the series, here is a discussion on how one finds success freelancing. It’s often … Continue reading Third Thursday Talks | Adam Duran, “Humble, Hungry, and Smart.”

How A Little Tough Love Helped Me Achieve Freelance Success

How A Little Tough Love Helped Me Achieve Freelance Success

When I first decided to go full-time freelance, my husband gave me the huge gift of a little tough love. I was scared to make this leap, and so I was soft-pedaling the decision: “Maybe I’ll give it a try,” I was saying. “I’ll just see how it goes.” When you’re in the jar you … Continue reading How A Little Tough Love Helped Me Achieve Freelance Success

Successful Consultants Do This One Thing Every Day: They Network

Successful Consultants Do This One Thing Every Day: They Network

Networking is one of the keys to developing a steady stream of work as a consultant. And, one of the keys to networking success is to always be networking. That might require you to change the way you think about networking. It’s not just an activity that’s reserved for business events, coffee dates, or some … Continue reading Successful Consultants Do This One Thing Every Day: They Network

3 Skills Every Consultant Should Master

3 Skills Every Consultant Should Master

The key to being successful as an independent consultant is building relationships and reliably getting work done. As an outside resource, you have more control over your time than an employee. Your goal should be to become a trusted resource managers can always count on to deliver — without them having to put much effort … Continue reading 3 Skills Every Consultant Should Master

How to Keep Your Consulting Gig When Your Manager Leaves

How to Keep Your Consulting Gig When Your Manager Leaves

Stick around consulting long enough, and it will happen: You’ve got a solid gig and you’re cranking out great work and then all of a sudden, your manager, the person who brought you on board, tells you they’re leaving the company. Early in my career, when this happened I would get this sinking feeling in … Continue reading How to Keep Your Consulting Gig When Your Manager Leaves

3 Ways Practicing Gratitude Can Boost Your Consulting Success

3 Ways Practicing Gratitude Can Boost Your Consulting Success

Did you know that research shows that practicing gratitude can make you happier? It’s true. Over the past 15 years, hundreds of studies have documented the social, physical, and psychological benefits of gratitude. Research has also found that gratitude changes the brain. When we practice gratitude we connect with positive, happy thoughts. These positive happy … Continue reading 3 Ways Practicing Gratitude Can Boost Your Consulting Success

How to Sustain Your Energy to Avoid or Recover from Burnout

How to Sustain Your Energy to Avoid or Recover from Burnout

Five years ago, I was burned out. I was exhausted and overwhelmed by a high-stress, fast-paced marketing job at a tech startup with two very young kids at home. I also had the beginnings of what I would eventually find out is an autoimmune condition. I had migraines most weeks and would crawl into bed … Continue reading How to Sustain Your Energy to Avoid or Recover from Burnout

8 Tips for Finding Work in a Tough Economy

8 Tips for Finding Work in a Tough Economy

Last spring, as part of EM’s pandemic programming to support our consultant community, I was one of two career coaches that had the opportunity to coaching sessions with EM consultants. My co-coach Pam Farone excelled at helping people identify their strengths and superpowers, while I was more focused on challenging people to really think about … Continue reading 8 Tips for Finding Work in a Tough Economy