Consulting Services Saint Ann 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.

Sari Neudorf, CPRW,CEIC,CPBA
(314) 283-6976
PO Box 410491
St. Louis, MO
 
Missouri Career Center - St. Louis County Deercreek
(314) 877-0001
3256 Laclede Station Road, Suite 103
Maplewood, MO
 
St Louis Labor Council AFLCIO
(314) 291-8666
3301 Hollenberg Dr
Hazelwood, MO
 
Office & Professional Employees Internatl Union No 13
(314) 298-1133
3460 Hollenberg Dr
Hazelwood, MO
 
Communications Workers of
(314) 739-1124
3550 Mckelvey Rd Ste 212
Hazelwood, MO
 
Ellie Vargo, CPRW,CCMC,CFRWC
(314) 965-9362
2190 S. Mason Rd., #303
St. Louis, MO
 
Transport Workers Union Local 529-Organizing
(314) 291-5290
3456 Mckelvey Rd
Hazelwood, MO
 
Eastern Missouri Laborers District
(314) 739-7270
3450 Hollenberg Dr
Hazelwood, MO
 
Spartan Staffing
(314) 291-7070
11646 Dorsett Rd
Maryland Heights, MO

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Laborers International Union Of North America Local No 53
(314) 209-0220
12891 Pennridge Dr
Hazelwood, MO
 
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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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