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meraff
23rd May 2010, 18:46
Hi,

I am in the process of wanting to move into contracting within the next 6 months and have been looking for some bedtime/on the train reading. Can anybody recommend any good reads to prepare me for the future? Not looking for any specific areas, just the whole picture. Any advice is very welcome! Amazon seem to have a few popular ones, however the published date seems to be a few years ago.

Thanks for the help.

cojak
23rd May 2010, 19:42
Not looking for any specific areas, just the whole picture.



:laugh

Just the whole picture, eh? Not asking for much, are you??

Here are a few to get you going - I'm not giving new publications because I don't buy this kind of stuff anymore - but the advice in them is still solid and relevant.

Complete Idiot s Guide to Consulting (Paperback) (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Idiot-Guide-Consulting-Idiots/dp/0028642716/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274643086&sr=8-1)

Finance on a Beermat (Paperback) (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Finance-Beermat-Chris-West/dp/1847940072/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274643454&sr=1-1)

Persuasion: The Art of Influencing People (Paperback)

Dealing with People You Can't Stand (Paperback) (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dealing-People-You-Cant-Stand/dp/0071379444/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274643669&sr=1-1)


Welcome to CUK!

JulesInch
23rd May 2010, 21:55
Hi Meraff,
you could do a lot worse than sticking around here and asking direct questions. Forums that cater to specific niches can be a great place to pick up accurate info fast!

I had never thought of looking to buy a book on the subject, so thanks for sharing the list!

meraff
25th May 2010, 05:44
:laugh

Just the whole picture, eh? Not asking for much, are you??

Here are a few to get you going - I'm not giving new publications because I don't buy this kind of stuff anymore - but the advice in them is still solid and relevant.

Complete Idiot s Guide to Consulting (Paperback) (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Idiot-Guide-Consulting-Idiots/dp/0028642716/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274643086&sr=8-1)

Finance on a Beermat (Paperback) (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Finance-Beermat-Chris-West/dp/1847940072/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274643454&sr=1-1)

Persuasion: The Art of Influencing People (Paperback)

Dealing with People You Can't Stand (Paperback) (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dealing-People-You-Cant-Stand/dp/0071379444/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274643669&sr=1-1)


Welcome to CUK!

Thanks, I will give them a look.


Hi Meraff,
you could do a lot worse than sticking around here and asking direct questions. Forums that cater to specific niches can be a great place to pick up accurate info fast!

I had never thought of looking to buy a book on the subject, so thanks for sharing the list!

I do plan on hanging around here. These are more for when I don't have access to the internet.

NickFitz
25th May 2010, 19:43
A friend of mine speaks highly of The Bluffer's Guide to Consultancy (http://www.ovalbooks.com/bluff/Consultancy.html):


"Being a consultant means being an expert in a field which you have yourself invented, namely that of telling people who have been doing a job for years, that you know how to do that job better."

greylady
25th May 2010, 23:02
Actually there is a book called something like 'the career programmer' or 'Guerrilla Guide to programming' that and Joel's stuff will help even if you're not a programmer or in any way techie, like if you're a PM.

Wonder why CUK hasnt come out with a book yet?:tumble:

v8gaz
26th May 2010, 12:28
The PCG's Guide to Freelancing will probably tell you all you need to know.

meraff
28th May 2010, 17:38
Actually there is a book called something like 'the career programmer' or 'Guerrilla Guide to programming' that and Joel's stuff will help even if you're not a programmer or in any way techie, like if you're a PM.

Wonder why CUK hasnt come out with a book yet?:tumble:

I guess you mean this one The Career Programmer: Guerilla Tactics for an Imperfect World 2nd Edition Expert's Voice: Amazon.co.uk: Christopher Duncan: Books (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Career-Programmer-Guerilla-Tactics-Imperfect/dp/1590596242) - looks good from the reviews.


The PCG's Guide to Freelancing will probably tell you all you need to know.

Thanks, PCG looks good.

cojak
28th May 2010, 18:22
The PCG's Guide to Freelancing will probably tell you all you need to know.

Not the v8gaz are you??

We are indeed honoured... :smile

And it takes a bit of the p1ss-taking away from Mal.... :D

*Ah, I note the join date. Well, never mind...

malvolio
28th May 2010, 19:34
Not the v8gaz are you??

We are indeed honoured... :smile

And it takes a bit of the p1ss-taking away from Mal.... :D

*Ah, I note the join date. Well, never mind...
Oi! I don't need defending, thanks very much. And that is the real V8, we do let him out occasionally :eek

cojak
28th May 2010, 21:14
Oi! I don't need defending, thanks very much. And that is the real V8, we do let him out occasionally :eek

Very occasionally to judge from the number of posts...

v8gaz
29th July 2010, 15:37
Why bark myself when Mal's here? :smile