There is no template or blueprint for being an independent consultant. There is no governing consulting body or spirit that is going to come down from above and say, “Hey! You’re doing it wrong!”
That said, below are some of the themes for you to consider if you’re thinking about becoming an independent.
1. What is meaningful to you about becoming an independent?
What are you after? Going independent is a means to an end. How do you make sure that your journey as an independent fulfills those deeper goals?
2. How are you with structure?
You’ll be responsible for everything from how you set up your accounting, how you do business development, how you contract, how you spend your time, when and where you work, how you manage your professional development, and a myriad of other decisions.