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Consulting Services Adrian MI

In many cases, being an independent consultant can be more lucrative than working in-house but it will take a few months before you start seeing cash flow. Another important consideration is that as the boss, you are carrying the cost of your own health insurance and paid time off.

Michigan Works! Lenawee Service Center
(517) 266-5627
1040 South Winter St
Adrian, MI
 
A A U P Wmu Chapter
(269) 345-0151
814 Oakland Dr
Kalamazoo, MI
 
Diversified Resources of SW MI
269.216.7117 ext 2002
239 E. Michigan Ave 210
Paw Paw, MI
 
Michigan Works! Cadillac Service Center- Wexford County
(231) 775-3408
401 North Lake Street
Cadillac, MI
 
Michigan Works! Alcona Service Center
(989) 736-6082
202 South 2nd Street
Lincoln, MI
 
Beth Cianek, CPRW, MSA
(989) 295-5811
1112 Dodge Rd.
Montrose, MI
 
Michigan Works! Service Center - Shiawassee County
(989) 729-6663
1975 West Main Street
Owosso, MI
 
Seals Employment Counseling, Svcs.
(517) 768-1444
3010 Wildwood Ave Unit 1
Jackson, MI

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Communications Worke
(734) 665-4011
1900 W Stadium Blvd
Ann Arbor, MI
 
Michigan Works! Orchard View Workforce Development and Training Center
(231) 760-1999
2389 East Laketon Avenue
Muskegon, MI
 
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Lost in Transition

Q: I am currently a media planner at a reputable company. I am looking for more flexibility in my life and would like to start consulting. Do you have any recommendations that will move me in this direction successfully?

 

Congratulations on your entrepreneurial spirit and creative energy. First off, you have to decide if your goal is to establish yourself as an independent consultant or join a firm that provides consulting services to companies. As an independent consultant, it is wise to first understand the pros and cons. The good news for anyone considering making the transition is that our current economy could provide better opportunities for consultants. In certain industries, companies without budgets for full-time employees may be more apt to bring on consultants. Before leaving your full-time job, it is absolutely imperative to investigate how the current economy is impacting your industry and the opportunities for you as a consultant.

Essentially, as an independent consultant, you are your own boss. Indeed the thought of flexibility and life balance are enticing, however, as a consultant, your schedule may be less predictable. Often, you are working around the clients’ schedule.

In many cases, being an independent consultant can be more lucrative than working in-house but it will take a few months before you start seeing cash flow. Another important consideration is that as the boss, you are carrying the cost of your own health insurance and paid time off.

Before taking the leap, it is prudent to conduct a personal self-assessment of your skills and experience, self-discipline, networks and finances.

A few questions for you to ask yourself include:
· Is my current level of experience sufficient?
· Who are my competitors?
· Is my network robust enough to bring in business?
· Are my finances in order? Do I have enough saved to cover my living expenses for the first four to six months?
· Do I have the appetite to aggressively network and pitch my business to potential clients?

If your answers support the transition, your next step is to create a well thought out business plan. In my discussions with independent consultants and business owners, one thing is sure -- operating without a business plan is similar to driving a car with a blindfold on your eyes.

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