Before you take the leap to freelancing, I highly recommend doing 2-3 "practice" engagements where you either do them pro-bono or a small fee to keep each other honest.
"Free" work is literally part of the word freelancer and you should accept that you are going to have to do unpaid work, especially at the start. The best types of free work
As a freelancer it is inevitable that you will have some challenges not getting paid. The anxiety of this can be amplified by the precarious nature of gig work itself. If you are
This involves reaching out to people on the path ahead of you, grappling with your insecurities and figuring out what "success" looks like.
Identity is a tricky thing when you are self-employed. The trick is to playfully inhabit the role of a freelance consultant without it becoming your entire identity. You need to believe that you
I came up with a name for my consulting practice on an airplane trip where I just stared at a notepad on my phone and forced myself to keep brainstorming. I ended up
It can be a challenge to think about how to "brand" yourself as a new consultant. Its good to have a general idea of the roles and services you'd like to offer, but
I've experienced working at one of the original talent platforms, a-connect, that emerged around the first tech boom in the early 2000s. This is when freelance consultants started to emerge in larger numbers
I outline four ways of finding projects as a freelance consultant: Personal and professional networkSmall boutique consulting firms that overlap with skills/interestsTalent platformsOffline groups and communitiesAdditional links: Ultimate Guide To Consulting Talent
In 2012, I was first exposed to the world of freelance strategy consultants while working for a-connect. I encountered a number of people who had opted out of traditional paths and for many