How does one support themselves financially while starting to work as an independent consultant?
November 10, 2011 10:03 AM Subscribe
How does one support themselves financially while starting to work as an independent consultant? How do I make ends meet at first?
posted by Che boludo! to Work & Money (16 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm finally ready to leave my underpaying and less than satisfying job. For the last two years I have been planning to use my experience working abroad to consult on cross-cultural relations in business. In addition, I have almost a decade working in a dysfunctional family business. I would like to help families improve their businesses as well.
Regardless of whether I'm looking to play in highly specialized, niche markets; how do I support myself at first? I have little savings and my current job is paying me too little to put any real cash in the bank. The job has really burned me out emotionally as well. It's time to go.
I have been building connections for the last year in these areas and my connections, experienced connections, have been supportive and encouraging. Almost all of them have had spouses/partners to help keep them afloat in the beginning. I don't have this luxury.
I know I could find some part-time temporary work, but this will just become a distraction from my goal of self-employment.