A few times a month, we hear from someone considering independent consulting, wanting to know (1) what they should expect, (2) if it might be the right fit for them, and (3) how they should go about it. We answer the first question in this post: "Education consulting in 9 (mostly true) sentences".
Here are two things that happened earlier this week:
From an email:
Expert: "Hey, the project scope says the project will have a deliverables-based contract. Can you explain what that means?"
From a scoping conversation with a client:
Catalyst:Ed: "Do you have any thoughts on whether this should be a fixed price contract or an hourly contract?"
If you ask consultants about the least favorite part of their jobs, proposal writing usually ranks in the top three. Drafting a proposal can be an unpleasant task for many reasons: it can seem impersonal and one-sided, you often don't have as much information about the project as you'd like and pitching yourself in writing can feel uncomfortable.
But there are consultants who have learned to love the task. The act of writing a proposal forces them to slow down and pay attention: to internalize the needs of the project and determine whether they are the right fit.