Let's take a look at the pros and cons of being a consultant. The pros first. We'll do the cons next time.
- It's yours to run as you please. No more micro-managers breathing on your every keystroke. You make the decisions, you live with the consequences, you learn from your mistakes. It's a huge responsibility, but if you are an entrepreneur, this is perfect.
Experience tip: Start small to keep your business manageable. Grow it slowly to keep it under control, even if you have to have a part-time job at first.
- Your hours are yours. Early bird? Get up at 5 a.m. and be in your office at 5:05 a.m. Night owl? Start at 9 and stay as late as you like. This is even better if you are working from home.
Experience tip: Your clients are the important part of this equation. You'll do better if you follow the client's schedule rather than your own.
- You can refuse to work with clients you don't want to work with. Half of being smart is knowing what you are dumb at and not doing it. A client wants you to do work you aren't good at? Turn it down. No one is forcing you anymore.
Experience tip: Ask questions up front; one person's opportunity is another's nightmare from hell.
About the Author: Quinn McDonald is a writer and nationally-known speaker who has achieved the "Professional" designation from the National Speakers Association. Contact Quinn through her website, QuinnCreative.com.