Not all consultants work for themselves, but for those who do, the stakes are high and the potential rewards are also high. We’re sometimes asked the question “What was it that made you decide to go out on your own?” Let’s take a look at reasons why some of us are willing to make such a sacrifice.

The first article ever listed on the Professional Consultant’s Association website was titled What Is A Consultant?, which came out early in the 2000’s and was written by our just retired former president. The 3rd article written on this blog was titled Are You A Consultant?. Two articles, 8 years apart, with each article containing some things that were similar and yet some things that were dissimilar.

Many people who go into independent consulting have a background where, at some point, they taught others how to do something, even if they were the main instruments for getting things done. Consultants often go into situations where they have to make critical change decisions or recommendations, and sometimes are tasked with implementation of those ideas.

The Professional Consultants Association of Central New York is about to embark on another year of meetings geared towards making us all better consultants. Sometimes we have meetings where we learn more about what’s going on in the area or in industries that we should know more about to help us along, like technology, but for the most part we hope to always get better in areas that will help us grow and become better business people at what we do.

Consulting can be an odd business. Most consultants can actually do more than one thing to make money and do them pretty well. Most of us gear ourselves towards that one thing we were pretty good at when we worked for someone else and try to market that, while others decide that they had a dream that they wanted to work towards and go in that direction.