As an independent consultant, clients ultimately hire you to solve a problem or pain point. Frameworks are useful tools that help you analyze the issue, structure your thinking and communicate recommendations. Business frameworks can help you articulate goals with strong business writing and develop a blueprint for success. You can take a broader conceptual framework and scale it to fit your needs. A business framework also gives you a starting place and a common vocabulary that you can edit to fit your client's goals.
In our Business Frameworks guide, we explain seven frameworks that can be used across disciplines to answer some of the most common business questions:
They can also be used to analyze and guide decisions for your client and for your own business. For example, the 3 C's Model can help you develop a competitive strategy for your client or can be applied to develop a social media marketing plan for your personal brand.
There is no one best framework and often you may find that you are using multiple frameworks in the course of your client work. Frameworks save you time by providing a starting point for information gathering and analysis, but remember: the most powerful framework you have is your expertise and common sense. These tools are time-savers, but ultimately it is your business insight that will deliver value to your client.
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