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How much to ask for informal consulting?

A coworker of mine asked me to help his friend out with some excel problems she is having. I am good with excel, so I agreed. We've talked and are all set to go, but I have no idea how much to ask for....

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Consulting ettiquette filter: what would Emily Post suggest?

While we are both looking for full-time work, a friend suggested starting a consulting business. Our skillsets are complementary and we like each other, so I said yes. She has worked as a consultant...

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What are ways to optimize a one-day-a-week work/consulting arrangement?

Pro tips for organizing my time? Segregating work time from non-work (when everyone else is working 5 days a week)? Other dos/don'ts? I'm considering doing some work part time, in a corporate setting,...

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Contract work? How do I even get started?

So I left my previous job (as of this month) and was quickly offered contract work by a past manager who is a higher-up at a different company now. I respect this person, and would be happy to work for...

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Moonlighting as a consultant

I have some specialized expertise in a niche engineering market. I have a fulltime job but am thinking about moonlighting as a consultant in the US. Questions about the business aspect below. Right now...

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Earning while I'm Learning?

I have been asked by a friend who's just starting a technical consulting business to help him do marketing/CRM. I am helping him as a friend with tech strategy and competitive intelligence (what I do...

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How do I sell a business with no assets but a good revenue stream?

The problem in a nutshell: I am the sole owner of a S-corp consulting practice with one very large, very happy client. My company has grown a lot and, to handle the workload better, I've brought on...

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How do you make money in a one-off business?

My friend has a fledgling business writing business plans in a smaller city. She wants to know how to make it grow. My friend has been writing business plans as part of a variety of services she...

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Consulting with a law degree

What job do you have that uses your law degree but didn't require you to take the bar and, ideally, you're able to do it as a side gig? If you have a (US) law degree, have not taken the bar, and will...

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How do I answer his question without giving away everything for free?

I have been asked to have my brain picked on for a marketing consulting project, but its my livelihood - I need to get paid to do this! Additional info after the jump - So a friend is consulting with a...

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Them old consulting blues

Solutions to work problems that are not, strictly speaking, happening in a "workplace" framework? Weird details inside. I could give many fanciful titles to my work—developer, designer—but really I'm a...

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Does a consultant need insurance?

A friend has been offered a good position by a company that contracts with large corporations for technical and business services. He’ll work as a consultant and be paid on a 1099. The employment...

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Decision framework for a tough career decision

I've been freelancing for the last year, but expecting a job offer in the next few days. I am genuinely torn abut whether I want to accept. I go back and forth daily. Yesterday I was pretty strongly...

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Dealing with Ideologically Inflexible Clients

Calling all business consultants, designers, life coaches, etc! Have you ever had a client who wanted things to be different (more revenue, a larger client base, a new look for their branding, etc) but...

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Tell me about educational consulting

What is it? How do people get into it? What is the day-to-day work like? Am I qualified? Here is the sum total of my knowledge thus far: From what I understand, there are independent educational...

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Is reneging *always* unacceptable?

So I know the wisdom: don't renege on a job acceptance. That said, I'm considering it. Am I making a huge mistake? I'm a student who will be graduating in May with a BA and an MA (with a set of...

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What are the best websites/forums for selling a business (USA)?

I am looking to help someone I know sell their company. It is a small business based in NYC that places consultants in IT positions, mainly with large financial institutions. I am wondering what the...

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Consultant Transitioning Out of Gypsy Mode, Please Help!

Being project based is awesome! Volunteering is fun! Traveling is exciting! But it's been 3 years since I've had any kind of stability in my life. I want a home base, and a steady job with a good...

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From cubicle to rustic cabin, the slow and steady way.

I'm a junior Java/Oracle programmer. Five years from now, I'd like to be skilled and savvy enough to be able to move to a rural town and work mostly remotely as an independent contractor. What should I...

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How do I list third party contracting positions on a resume?

The global, major well known main company has their laboratory IT work contracted out to a global outsourcing company. The global outsourcing company has hired me to be lead consultant for an upgrade...

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