Consulting Services Gladstone MO

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.

Spartan Staffing
(816) 468-8787
7287 N Oak Trfy
Kansas City, MO

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Job Corps
(816) 437-3635
3100 Ne 83rd St
Gladstone, MO
 
Insulation Production Workers Local Union No 1
(913) 321-0000
1401 Fairfax Trfy
Kansas City, KS
 
Full Employment Council Inc
(816) 221-3605
615 E 13th St
Kansas City, MO

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Roofers Local Union No 20
(913) 281-2527
10 S James St
Kansas City, KS
 
Missouri Career Center - Northland Human Services Center
(816) 468-8767
3100 NE 83rd St., Suite 1201
Kansas City, MO
 
U Aw Ford Community Healthcare Initiative
(816) 453-4424
6000 N Oak Traffic Way
Gladstone, MO
 
Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology
(816) 604-5200
1775 Universal Ave
Kansas City, MO
 
Wyandotte County Workforce Center
913-279-2633 Ext. 2628
552 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS
 
Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program
(913) 342-2100
1017 N 9th St
Kansas City, KS
 
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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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