Consulting Services Overland Park KS

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.

Programming Market Advantage LLC
(913) 663-9902
11600 Barton St
Overland Park, KS

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BulletProofCoach.com
(913) 901-9110
6524 W. 106th Street
Overland Park, KS
 
Johnson County Workforce Center
(913) 577-5900
9221 Quivira Road
Overland Park, KS
 
J M Neil Assoc Inc
(816) 941-4997
9734 Wornall Rd
Kansas City, MO

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Allied Staffing
(913) 393-2700
1855 S Ridgeview Rd
Olathe, KS
 
Stiles Counseling Services
(913) 645-1236
7240 W. 98th Ter.
Overland Park, KS
 
Dalrymple Construction Co Inc
(913) 649-2700
7030 W 107TH St
Shawnee Mission, KS

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Landajob Inc
(816) 523-1881
222 W Gregory Blvd Ste 304
Kansas City, MO
 
Midwest Training & Consulting Services
(913) 432-4022
5920 Nall Ave
Overland Park, KS
 
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
(913) 390-9146
1624 E Haven Ln
Olathe, 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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