Building Your Team

To support business growth before you’re ready to hire full-time employees, consider a virtual team to include an accountant, attorney, tax professional, researcher and graphic designer.

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Expand Your Team

Considering your business and client needs, identify other team members to manage specific tasks like creating surveys or building maps.

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Get an Advisor

An advisor can play an invaluable role in providing guidance on how to develop project opportunities, how to set your fees, how to craft a proposal, how to build your visibility, and how to grow your firm.

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Swing Capacity

Consulting is feast or famine. Some weeks you’ll be on the beach. At other times, you may have more work than you can handle alone. Build relationships now with other independent consultants who can serve as “swing capacity” (David A. Fields’s term) to provide you with leverage when you need help

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Hiring a Research Assistant

Find a remote research assistant, who can search LinkedIn for experts, find relevant articles, and do other secondary research. Through tools such as Upwork you can find highly skilled, college-educated researchers at very reasonable rates.

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Finding a Remote IT Professional

An information technology (IT) professional can keep your business running smooth. Most can manage your applications using remote login tools.

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Setting Up Business Insurance

There are several types of business insurance to consider for your consulting practice, depending on the types of services you provide and whether you hire staff.

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Getting Health Insurance

One of the challenges of self-employment as an independent consultant in the U.S. is finding affordable health insurance. A health insurance broker can help you find the best plan. If you have a partner or an employee, in some states you may be eligible for a small group plan.

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Selecting a Tax Accountant

A tax accountant may help you save money as well as meet IRS quarterly filing deadlines to avoid fines.

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Choosing an Attorney

Find an attorney who is familiar with the world of independent professionals. You may want an attorney’s help to create your firm’s operating agreement, to prepare contract templates, and to review contracts that you receive from clients. If you hire an employee or engage any subcontractors, you may want to refer to an employment attorney […]

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