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

6 Tips for Always Having Consulting Work

6 Tips for Always Having Consulting Work

As part of EM Marketing’s COVID-19 initiatives to help their consulting community, I had the opportunity to provide career coaching to about 45 consultants over the course of 70-something sessions. Some were new at consulting, and some have been doing it for a long time and are already very successful. Taken together, this was an … Continue reading 6 Tips for Always Having Consulting Work

Want Job Security? Here’s Why You Should Consider Freelancing

Want Job Security? Here’s Why You Should Consider Freelancing

I was reading a chapter book to my eight-year-old at bedtime a while ago – a story about a girl named Ruby whose father supports a family of six. Everything gets real all of a sudden when Ruby’s dad loses his job – a reality millions of people are living with since the global pandemic … Continue reading Want Job Security? Here’s Why You Should Consider Freelancing

Six Figures vs. Barely Getting By: A Tale of Two Consultants

Six Figures vs. Barely Getting By: A Tale of Two Consultants

Last year, I had a coffee networking meeting with a fellow freelance writer in my city. We chatted about the ins and outs of freelancing, but it became clear to me almost immediately that we were talking about two very different types of jobs. We both call ourselves “freelance writer,” but our approach to the … Continue reading Six Figures vs. Barely Getting By: A Tale of Two Consultants

How Consultants Can Get Paid for the Value They Bring

How Consultants Can Get Paid for the Value They Bring

One of the first questions new consultants have to settle is how much to charge for their services. Once you’ve decided on that, the next question that arises is, should I charge by the hour, the project, or set up retainers? This was the topic of a recent Consultant Forum discussion led by EM Partner … Continue reading How Consultants Can Get Paid for the Value They Bring