Congratulations! You have landed your first client as an independent consultant and are officially in business. Now that you have achieved that all important first milestone of consulting work, what's next?
Satisfied clients will be one of your best sources for future consulting jobs, so it is important to set the stage for success from day one. As a solo business owner, you are not only tasked with doing the consulting work, but designing, implementing and monitoring the project plan.
As a new consultant it is also important to make sure that you have an operating infrastructure in place that will allow you to support your first client.
Preparing for your first client engagement is not unlike preparing for travel. The first step is determining your destination and then planning to make sure that you have everything you need to get there. This free, 19-page guide is your travel plan toolkit. We help you prepare for travel with a business essentials list, and take you through a pre-flight check to ensure that you have your passport to independence and traveling documents in order. You will board the plane with ease and prepare your travelers (your clients) for a smooth flight. You'll even learn how to keep everyone in their seat and how to avoid turbulence. We will get you up in the air and teach you how to have a perfect landing.
So grab your suitcase and prepare to take the journey of a lifetime!
Here's the must have knowledge for independent consultants looking to improve how they define and communicate their expertise.
What is the difference between a consultant, a contractor and a freelancer? What you need to know before you decide to become an independent consultant.