Last week we looked at what it takes to become successful as an independent consultant. But beyond the obvious, why strive to build your practice? After all, it’s a challenging, sometimes treacherous undertaking.
Outsiders—and even some insiders picture consulting as an act of treasure hunting. We’re seen as villainous pirates who lust after booty (the gold kind), sail carelessly from one business to the next leaving destruction in our wake then squander our (clients’) wealth on luxury cars, lavish homes and eye patches.
We’re more apt to cast ourselves as unpretentious business healers, traveling from client to client with the physician’s ethic of primum non nocere.
The fact is independent consulting can generate substantial wealth, and the profession confers a trove of enviable benefits that we heartily enjoy.
Plus, if you dig deep inside our treasure chests you find the consulting life has rewarded us with more than surface gains. Below are a few of the obvious riches and subtle rewards of independent consulting.
(Hover over each surface benefit to read the hidden dividend!)
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