4 Ways to Land A Big Client

4 Ways to Land A Big Client

4 ways to win over big clientsWhether you’re a freelancer, solo-preneur, gigster, or consultant you are probably always wondering how the little guy can catch the big fish. If you feel like you have a decent client roster, but you’re missing your rockstar client or even feel like you’re platauing, you’re not alone. Here’s 4 things you can do to get closer to landing your dream client. LOOK PROFESSIONAL Figure out who you are and what you stand for and turn that into a brand. Hire a graphic desi...

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How to Stay Productive During The Holiday Season

How to Stay Productive During The Holiday Season

The holidays are not only a busy time of year in your personal life, but also as a Consultant. There may be many end-of-year deliverables to complete, unaccomplished goals to reach, and last-minute changes to execute. Despite all that, it's possible to conquer this busy time of year and come out thriving and successful. You may even find that you are less stressed about the holiday season and can actually enjoy this time of year. Here are a few tips to help navigate the holidays.PrioritizeOne of...

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Essential Questions to Ask Before Hiring a New Consultant

Essential Questions to Ask Before Hiring a New Consultant

Think you found your perfect consultant match? Here’s 4 Q’s to ask before defining the relationship.When it comes to hiring a consultant, there is a lot at stake. Not only are you investing in the cost of their services, but what they tell you, and the insight they provides can dictate the future of your business as well. It only makes sense that before you commit you have a strong grasp on the services they can offer you and are able to verify they are going to be the right fit for the job. Ask...

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How to Shake Off Burn Out

How to Shake Off Burn Out

People who choose to work independently as a freelancer or consultant, often times do so to harness flexibility and freedom. Remote and consulting work can be just as stressful as being chained to the same office and hours as a traditional worker, especially if you don’t know how to stave off the dreaded burnout. International Journal of Work, Health & Organisations published a recent study that reported the higher workload and lower reward structures, such as salary, promotion prospects, an...

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5 Mistakes Consultants Make While Trying to Land Gigs

5 Mistakes Consultants Make While Trying to Land Gigs

Independent consulting is a saturated and highly competitive market. In order to stand out, here are five mistakes you should always avoid:1. Not paying attention to the job description.With a wide variety of positions readily available through online job boards and other recruiting sources, many consultants fall into the routine of broadly canvassing for dozens of roles at a time, regardless of whether their background and skills match up with the provided job description. This puts an unsustai...

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What Soft Skills are Worth Mentioning on your Resume

What Soft Skills are Worth Mentioning on your Resume

Soft Skills Worth Mentioning Creative Problem Solving Being a problem-solver requires both creative and analytical thinking. IT industries look specifically for problem-solving skills like: Logical Reasoning, Lateral Thinking, Persistence, and Initiative. Communication Being a good communicator is a valuable skill to attain. Whether these skills are oral or written, the ability to effectively express your ideas are crucial in sales, HR and management. When applying for jobs in these fields, rec...

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Learning Effectiveness through Best Practices

Learning Effectiveness through Best Practices

An employee’s knowledge base has a significant impact on the quality of their work. Without appropriate learning opportunities, your team may struggle to complete their assigned tasks, decreasing productivity and the quality of their outputs. However, if the training you provide is ineffective, it can actually do more harm than good, leading to increased confusion and frustration as well as issues with following developed processes and procedures.

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How to Stand Out as an Independent Consultant

How to Stand Out as an Independent Consultant

1. Focus on a specialization.We all know how the saying goes: “Jack of all trades, master of none.” Some independent consultants instinctively gravitate towards accepting any and all projects that fall within their skill set; it seems intuitive to keep things as broad as possible in an effort to capture more business. However, those who specialize in a particular area can charge higher rates, generate more demand, and have an easier time distinguishing themselves from competitors. Try to choose...

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