Most of us have thought about it, becoming a consultant, as a new career direction, right?. But we hesitate for a variety of reasons, such as ‘no steady paycheck’, ‘finding customers’ and ‘getting paid’. Sounds like a mountain to high to climb, doesn’t it?
But if you reflect a bit, every organization has to find customers and get paid, so the fact that we may not be daily conscious of the reality doesn’t mean it’s not reality for every for profit as well as not for profit organization. Besides, in a ‘think-of-yourself-as-self-employed’ and ‘flat, hot, and crowded’ world, we all need to be part of the process that brings customers in who value our products and services. Why even thinking of yourself as an ‘internal consultant’ at your present job may also be a good strategy for internal customer [colleague] service.
Maybe being a consultant isn’t that hard after all, or is it?
Join us Tuesday evening, July 18th, 2017 for the NetWork 2 NewWork event, “The Consulting Career Option: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly.” Previously an employee and now an independent consultant, Scott Stapel will walk us through his journey to a decision to ‘hang up his shingle’, so to speak, and start a consulting business here in West Michigan.
Our evening features our 5th Annual Mid-Summer Cookout in SE Kent County at the meeting place of Redeemer Covenant Church, 6951 Hanna Lake Avenue SE, in Gaines Township’s village of Dutton. The menu is ‘grilled fare’ befitting a summer picnic in the park. Dress is summer casual. The event is always free, but a donation of at least $5 is much appreciated as it helps us cover our costs for food, beverage and facility usage. Besides, were can you get a meal and an evening of stimulating presentation and multiple conversations and connections to help sustain a career for that price?
Having a network’s now an imperative for our present career and our futures as well as that of our employers and even the economy’s health. In fact, part of our value to our employer (and future ones) is our network.
- If we put off building and nurturing our connections, letting employers and the tasks they want done completely preoccupy us, dictating the use of all our time, they keep us from making our own professional (and personal) development a priority and make us vulnerable to exigencies and cycles of the economy.
- Furthermore, innovation and creativity often comes from new directions, ‘mistakes’ of bumping into an event, idea or person we wouldn’t have if we’d not taken the risk to make new connections and share ideas and activities with people we don’t ‘normally’ run into.
Each NetWork 2 NewWork event presentation is woven together…an orchestrated networking opportunity, expanding and strengthening your network and that of those you meet, because they get to know you and you them–more an art than a science.
In addition, there will be the opportunity to get a LinkedIn “headshot” at the event for a modest donation. This photo opportunity has become a regular feature at NetWork 2 NewWork events. Check with the volunteer at the Sign-In Table when you arrive if you’re interested.
Take advantage of networking opportunities and food by coming right at or soon after 5:00, then continue after the presentation to practice your skills and developing habits essential to building a powerful and giving network.
Since July 2012 the support of EaRN Employment and Resource Network has helped us keep these events remain FREE. If you wish to donate–please do so HERE and thank you!–we will provide a receipt for your tax preparation as our sponsor, EaRN, is an IRS-recognized 501c3 non-profit organization.
These NW2NW events always have an underlying theme–we’re increasing becoming aware how at-will employment makes us all self-employed free agents, focusing on all forms of work—as an employee, contract worker, staffing firm associate, consultant, business owner, entrepreneur, and volunteer—and that continuous networking is critical to finding work and staying employable in this new economy.