E-mail Uncle Daryl (Free)…
Got a quick question that might be of interest to other readers?
Send me an e-mail, and I’ll do my best to address it in a future blog post.
All questions and answers will be sanitized to protect confidentiality.
Monthly Call-In Session (Also Free)…
In the wings – a free monthly Teleconference.
Still working on the details, but watch my blog or sign up on my newsletter/email list.
Individual Q&A (Not free, but reasonable)…
Some call this Coaching. I call this simply Answering Your Questions.
Here are two options if you would like some in-depth personal support:
The “Strategies & Details” Option – About 1/2 hour increments
- For detailed discussions and/or multiple questions.
- I’m not a slave to the clock. If we need to go a bit longer, we will –at no extra charge.
- Free trial — if you are not happy, you don’t pay.
The “Mentor” Option – Longer term support
- If you want ongoing support as you start & develop your consultancy.
- Three month increments – Up to six calls, plus e-mail access.
Not sure? Let’s talk for “about a half hour”, and you decide if it is worth it. No risk…
Several short classes have been presented at professional conferences. (“So You Want To Be A Consultant?” and “Consulting for Geeks.” ) The most recent was on-line for the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) – click here to view the free recording.
Currently working on a more detailed on-line class. Five sessions of one hour each, with follow on Q&A. Includes examples and “war stories” based on 30 years of consulting.
“Consulting for Newbies”
Module I– Introduction
- The four C’s – consultants, contractors, coaches, counselors
- Technical vs Management consulting
- Part Time vs Full Time
- Consulting in Retirement
- Consulting Examples
Module II – Planning the Business
- Define your niches
- Define your ideal client
- Determine your fees
- Establish your team of advisors
- Choose a business structure
Module III – Attracting the Business
- Marketing – 21 ways to attract business
- Writing, speaking, networking, and more
- Short term vs long term
Module IV – Bagging the Business
- Sales – 6 simple steps to selling consulting
- Initial client meeting – 2 key concerns
- Problem clients – avoiding or firing
- Sample documents – quotes, agreements
Module V – Running the Business
- Financial – accounting, bank accounts, taxes
- Clients – databases, files, time/telephone log
- Setting up your office
- Making the jump
Cost – TBD.
Want more details? Contact me here
Initially a catalyst for this blog. Much of the material is already contained in blog posts. Still undecided about the details: e-book or hard cover, self-publish, or ???
My first e-book (Consulting for Geeks) is about to be published by the IEEE. If successful, there will be more.
Can’t wait for a book? Sign up here for my newsletter and get a FREE WHITE PAPER “So You Want To Be A Consultant?”
Incidentally, don’t need a book for the ego boost, as I already written or co-written several technical books along with a couple of hundred technical articles. Much work, but books are very effective in building your credibility and visibility.
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