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Skag
10th December 2018, 14:22
As the title suggests, has anyone here, or do you know of anyone, who has created their own consultancy after a number of years contracting, by connecting with people and organizations?

I am looking for either success or failure stories here.

aj4u
10th December 2018, 14:24
+1 keen to learn more on this topic & find mentors / other people in the same / similar boat !

GJABS
10th December 2018, 14:45
After years of contracting? No, we're far too rich/zombiefied brained/lazy for that.

Skag
10th December 2018, 14:47
After years of contracting? No, we're far too rich/zombiefied brained/lazy for that.

Well...year(s)

Old Greg
10th December 2018, 14:48
Still working on it. This time next year, Rodders.

scooterscot
10th December 2018, 14:54
Yes.

Now I spend my time reviewing the work of failed contractors. :mad

Skag
10th December 2018, 15:15
Still working on it. This time next year, Rodders.

How long have you been prepping for? :laugh

northernladuk
10th December 2018, 15:29
If you have to ask, it's not for you.

HTH

aj4u
10th December 2018, 16:09
@scooterscot do you work on your own or do you have a team ? Interested in learning about your journey if you would be willing to share / mentor me :)

scooterscot
10th December 2018, 16:25
I work alone. Every tIme I was asked, can you work as part of team my answer is no. I'm just lying to myself otherwise. My answer is the right one and I know that because I came up with it. That's how a consultant thinks. And when you think like that you can convince others with confidence. On occasion I'll sub-contract work out when I'm overworked myself. It is therefore important to maintain a strong network. In fact networking, I spend a day every week just on networking, very important. More than half my work is through networking. Currently all my work is direct, even large US companies. Get to know people, not companies, that'll ensure work comes. Oh and don't burn bridges. In fact do the opposite, build trust. Ask yourself always, would you trust this person / business? If there's even a doubt, move on.

sasguru
10th December 2018, 16:37
I work alone. Every tIme I was asked, can you work as part of team my answer is no. I'm just lying to myself otherwise. My answer is the right one and I know that because I came up with it. That's how a consultant thinks. And when you think like that you can convince others with confidence. On occasion I'll sub-contract work out when I'm overworked myself. It is therefore important to maintain a strong network. In fact networking, I spend a day every week just on networking, very important. More than half my work is through networking. Currently all my work is direct, even large US companies. Get to know people, not companies, that'll ensure work comes. Oh and don't burn bridges. In fact do the opposite, build trust. Ask yourself always, would you trust this person / business? If there's even a doubt, move on.

Yes, yes but have you finally got your clients to pay your expenses? :rollin:
Idiot.

Old Greg
10th December 2018, 17:23
How long have you been prepping for? :laugh

2 years. This time next year, Rodders.

BR14
10th December 2018, 19:58
I work alone. Every tIme I was asked, can you work as part of team my answer is no. I'm just lying to myself otherwise. My answer is the right one and I know that because I came up with it. That's how a consultant thinks. And when you think like that you can convince others with confidence. On occasion I'll sub-contract work out when I'm overworked myself. It is therefore important to maintain a strong network. In fact networking, I spend a day every week just on networking, very important. More than half my work is through networking. Currently all my work is direct, even large US companies. Get to know people, not companies, that'll ensure work comes. Oh and don't burn bridges. In fact do the opposite, build trust. Ask yourself always, would you trust this person / business? If there's even a doubt, move on.

Aye, - right! - pompous bampot.
after untold years on CUK he has a crack team of gladiators, who can also bleed radiators.
reassuringly expensive too.

and does impressive <well, he thinks so> squiggly lines in different colours to back up his deranged beliefs

:smokin

Kanye
11th December 2018, 15:41
TBC

minestrone
11th December 2018, 15:59
I work alone. Every tIme I was asked, can you work as part of team my answer is no. I'm just lying to myself otherwise. My answer is the right one and I know that because I came up with it. That's how a consultant thinks. And when you think like that you can convince others with confidence. On occasion I'll sub-contract work out when I'm overworked myself. It is therefore important to maintain a strong network. In fact networking, I spend a day every week just on networking, very important. More than half my work is through networking. Currently all my work is direct, even large US companies. Get to know people, not companies, that'll ensure work comes. Oh and don't burn bridges. In fact do the opposite, build trust. Ask yourself always, would you trust this person / business? If there's even a doubt, move on.


The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people's fantasies. People may not always think big themselves. but they can get very excited by those who do. That is why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest, the greatest and the most spectacular.

Donald J. Trump, Trump: The Art of the Deal

scooterscot
11th December 2018, 17:19
More than a few bitter folks I see. Am I surprised? No. Achievements are made through hard work. It never fails to amaze me how many others expect to achieve the same without the effort. To the OP, you should expect this along the way. Distance yourself from negative people, congregate with those who inspire you. If you're turned down for a job, don't dwell on it. Move on move quickly, use the experience to improve your approach. Soon enough the searches for new work become enquires you never sought. Choice is often my problem these days, I'll pick those projects that spur my interest against those I think are not achievable in time, no matter the money thrown our way. (unless it's really offensive!).