Many people choose consulting work to bridge the gap between full-time employers. Making the decision to become a consultant is not an easy choice for most people, as it isn’t as comfortable as working for a stable employer. I use the term “stable” loosely, as those of us that have lost their jobs within the past 2 years can attest to. Anyone can lose their job at any time without reason, so it is always in your best interest to have a plan in place to be able to do some consulting work on your own to keep the family fed.
I started consulting somewhat reluctantly. I thought that I’d jump back in to the work force performing the same type of job, just with a different company. Now 11 months later, I’m much more open to consulting and contract work to make ends meet.
My friend Chris, a CPA, had me design a website for his business. He mentioned my work to a friend of his, Toney, that owns some funeral homes, and now I’m doing some websites for him, as well. Nothing beats good “word of mouth” advertising to help generate more consulting leads.
Additional referrals have lead to work for a local mental health counseling service. As they are expanding and bringing on more employees I have helped them setup new computers, got them activated on the network, installed software, printers, email accounts, etc. Now they’ve heard that I can do websites and would like me to construct one for them, as well.
I can do that. Website programming isn’t my specialty, but these companies aren’t looking for a dynamic database content-driven or ecommerce site. They just to build their brand and I certainly know how to help them do that.
As I do more of these gigs, I enjoy working with lots of different people, and particularly enjoy the flexibility in scheduling my own time. I’m really on the verge of announcing that I’m starting my own IT consulting practice and doing this full-time. Not having to work for another employer that can yank the rug out from under my feet would be very satisfying.
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