Independent contractors, freelancers and management consultants are thriving in the current economic climate. Interim managers and management consultants are increasingly being recognised for the significant contributions they can make to businesses, looking to implement change and optimise their operations, without needing to hire permanent additional team members. The role of the Management Consultant can be incredibly lucrative and, depending on your industry, location and level of experience, you could command a salary of up to £100,000 a year.
Finding Work as a Management Consultant
One of the most daunting aspects of operating as an independent management consultant is finding new contracts and ensuring you have a steady stream of work. Agencies are a good place to start and often have a steady stream of reliable roles available. It is worth bearing in mind though that some contracting agencies may take a percentage of your income from you, in exchange for helping you find a role. Marketing is essential; ensure your CV is complete and up to date and distribute it widely. Other options for helping you to find work and market yourself without any additional expense include:
- Setting up your own website. Not only will this help you to market yourself, it will also make you look more reputable and give you a single space where you can direct potential clients to learn more about you and your skills.
- Posting your CV to job sites. As more and more businesses seek short term contractors, you will find an abundance of short term jobs available on job sites. What’s more, by sharing your CV with recruiters on job sites, you may well find that if you meet their search criteria they will contact you directly.
- Use your contacts. If you have years of industry experience, then it is likely that you also have a diary full of useful industry contacts – don’t be afraid to get in touch with them! Most people are flattered to be contacted for advice and are keen to share their knowledge, as well as advising on any potential contracts available. Don’t forget to update your LinkedIn and other social media profiles, so that industry contacts can easily see that you are now available for contract work.
Finding work as a contractor may seem daunting and certainly isn’t easy, for the shy or the fainthearted, but by putting yourself out there, letting as many people as possible know that you are available for work, you should see results from your hard work.