Consulting Services Leesville LA

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.

Vernon Career Solutions Center
(337) 238-4179
1100 S. 3rd Street
Leesville, LA
 
Michelle Waguespack, CPRW
(225) 937-6623
3535 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA
 
Tensas Career Solutions Center
(318) 766-3606
107 Arts Drive
St. Joseph, LA
 
Plumber'S & Steamfitter's Local Union 247
(318) 442-9923
1211 Rapides Ave
Alexandria, LA
 
Avoyelles Career Solutions Center
(318) 240-8820
320 Cottage Street
Marksville, LA
 
Beauregard Career Solutions Center
(337) 462-5838
1102 W. First Street
DeRidder, LA
 
Madison Career Solutions Center
(318) 574-0140
405 North Cedar Street
Tallulah, LA
 
Sheet Metal Workers Union Local Number 11
(504) 885-4283
4408 Yale St Ste D
Metairie, LA
 
Vermilion Career Solutions Center
(337) 893-1986
1301 Clover St., Rm 109, Media Tech Bldg
Abbeville, LA
 
East & West Feliciana Career Solutions Center
(225) 635-6635
5681 Commerce Street
St. Francisville, LA
 

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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