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Prepping for software interviews that aren't algorithm heavy

I've been doing a lot of the "big 4" time complexity/algorithm heavy-style software dev interviews lately, but will soon start interviewing with smaller companies. What should I expect/prepare for? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Dec 7, 2016 - 11 answers

please advise on best business entity (or entities) for my situation

Sorry, long. This is a bit of a complex situation of my own doing. After quitting my job I did some consulting (writing code for Engineering companies) under my own name. [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Dec 1, 2016 - 2 answers

Philosophy Training

I am looking into founding a training company to offer critical thinking / logical analysis / other philosophy related skills to businesses. This is not something we really know how to do. Have you either hired training for a company or been involved in doing it? More detailed questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Nov 1, 2016 - 12 answers

How do I create a P&L for a consulting business that barely exists?

I'm trying to get a mortgage and the underwriters want a profit and loss statement for my consulting practice. I do not have one. Moreover, I'm not doing any consulting work in 2016. And in 2015, my consulting amounted to about $3000. But I've been depreciating a laptop since 2013. I'm not asking them to give me a mortgage based on my consulting practice. I also have a full time, salaried job that is totally adequate to the loan I'm applying for. So what do they actually want from me? [more inside]
posted by amandabee on Aug 9, 2016 - 7 answers

100 free consult hours?

A while ago I read a blog post about somebody who was offering about 100 free hour-long consulting sessions in the hopes that one of them would lead to a job offer. I can't seem to find that blog post now. Who was this? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 5, 2016 - 1 answer

best practices on charging for travel time as a consultant

I have a client for whom I need to actually get in my car and drive to meet potential suppliers. What is the best way to charge for this? [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Jul 4, 2016 - 6 answers

Take the job or leave it?

I'm finishing up my PhD, planning a wedding, have a two week vacation coming up, and was accepted into a fellowship program. Do I have too much going on to accept a new job? [more inside]
posted by stripesandplaid on Jul 1, 2016 - 15 answers

I'm an accidental consultant - can I list my client as an employer?

An unsuccessful job application has turned into a part-time “consulting” arrangement with the company. May I list that company on my resume and linkedin the way I would an employer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2016 - 6 answers

Time tracking as you go

What techniques and/or software do you use for tracking the time you work on projects as you go? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Apr 23, 2016 - 19 answers

How do I go about expert witnessing?

Assuming I've got the expertise and credentials nailed down, how should I hang out my shingle as an expert witness? Basic google searches find a lot of directory services with mostly what look like low bars to entry, are these reasonably legitimate, are there some known to have good reputations? [more inside]
posted by Across the pale parabola of joy on Apr 21, 2016 - 4 answers

Consulting on the side - dos, don'ts & protips

I'm considering doing some consulting work on the side, both to bring in additional income, and to get back into an industry I used to work in several years ago. If you've done something like this, I'd love to hear your advice. [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Mar 20, 2016 - 5 answers

Salary question - new position for PhD with a consulting firm

My part-time research job with a boutique consulting firm has the opportunity to become a full-time job this summer. It will be a new position with the firm, and I've been out of industry for kind of while. What in the world should I ask for in terms of salary? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2016 - 3 answers

help me tell him I'd like to help him

A friend of a friend runs a consulting business and they may need some assistance from someone with my particular skillset. How best to reach out to present my qualifications and express interest in the company? [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Mar 3, 2016 - 6 answers

How to Give a Client a Respectful Brush-Off

I’ve been running my own business as a consultant for a few years now and have a category of situation that keeps cropping up that leads me to ask myself, “Is it ok to tell not tell the whole truth in business when the full truth might be awkward or complicated?” [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2016 - 14 answers

Help me navigate a work transition/move

I work in 100% travel IT consulting job. Moving soon so I can find local IT consulting (or else) jobs with my wife. Ideal world would to stay at current company, which doesn't have clients in new city, but is expanding there and current client has office there. While I am networking and will start applying for new jobs, I'd like to keep the option to stay. Do you have any thoughts or experiences in how to discuss this and navigate these waters? Some details below fold: [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Dec 30, 2015 - 7 answers

Help evaluating a job offer: consulting/defense contractor

They have moved very quickly: red flag? How much stock should I place in Glassdoor reviews? Is any "consultant" title a useful foot in the door to the industry? Is this uninspiring salary reasonable given my background? Intricacies below the fold. [more inside]
posted by ecsh on Nov 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Help with Freelance Audio Production Rates

I have been asked to produce audio for a business. The audio will likely be a :30 second commercial for radio, although the client is also interested in me creating audio content for their website. Is there a freelance scale for audio production rates that either includes the costs of pre-production, production and post-production or breaks out individual charges for consulting, idea development, scriptwriting, narration, adding music and/or SFX and editing?
posted by CollectiveMind on Sep 18, 2015 - 2 answers

Writing a consulting contract

I'm starting a consulting company that offers IT advice to small businesses/startups. I need a contract that my customers will sign agreeing to payment, terms, etc, with liability protection. [more inside]
posted by unreason on Aug 3, 2015 - 6 answers

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 project. So the work I am doing is for the main company. I want to update my resume to include this position, how do I list it on my resume? Also, since I'm one of the only people that has done this upgrade before, I have no job description beyond "Lead Consultant for" the project. I'm the extra resource with relevant experience. So when I list it on my resume I need to write my job duties as a combination of what I've done in the short time I've had the position, what I'm doing, and what I know needs to / will be done. Any advice in regards to that would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by ender6574 on Jun 28, 2015 - 5 answers

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 be learning and doing now to begin work toward this? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Apr 20, 2015 - 5 answers

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 salary. I just don't know how to get there from here. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by ananci on Apr 8, 2015 - 4 answers

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 best venues are for advertising such a business. If anyone has knowledge or experience with this, please share. Thank you!
posted by jlhopes on Mar 2, 2015 - 1 answer

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? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Feb 10, 2015 - 31 answers

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? [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Jan 1, 2015 - 7 answers

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 was unwilling to make the changes necessary for that to happen? Or had a client involved in a brainstorming process where their rigidity of thinking held up the entire group? [more inside]
posted by ananci on Dec 4, 2014 - 5 answers

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 leaning towards taking it. Today the idea depresses me. I'd appreciate your recommendations on tools to help me make this decisions. Snowflakes follow... [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on Oct 28, 2014 - 6 answers

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 agreement includes a clause in which he certifies that he carries “adequate insurance, including workers compensation, general liability, and errors-and-omissions insurance.” What do these mean in this context? What’s “adequate” for an individual consultant?
posted by LonnieK on Oct 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Them old consulting blues

Solutions to work problems that are not, strictly speaking, happening in a "workplace" framework? Weird details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2014 - 4 answers

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 - [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Sep 3, 2014 - 11 answers

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? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2014 - 21 answers

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. [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Aug 7, 2014 - 8 answers

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 some subcontractors who essentially do the same thing I do. Now I'd like to "sell" the book of business to one of my subcontractors, but I have no idea what sort of financial arrangement makes sense. [more inside]
posted by DrGail on Jul 23, 2014 - 14 answers

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 know) and he wants to pay me to do business development (which I don't know.) So, what should I charge for consulting services when I am completely new at what I am doing? Sounds foolhardy, I know, but lots of snowflakey details inside. [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Jul 18, 2014 - 1 answer

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. [more inside]
posted by pseudonick on Jul 3, 2014 - 4 answers

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 him again -- the "unsaid" (on paper) purpose is to bring me in as a full-time employee. That said, I don't even know how to get started with contract work. [more inside]
posted by theplatypus on Jun 26, 2014 - 11 answers

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? [more inside]
posted by CruiseSavvy on May 5, 2014 - 1 answer

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 before, but I have not, so I have questions if you have worked in a consulting partnership. [more inside]
posted by deliriouscool on May 3, 2014 - 3 answers

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. [more inside]
posted by Hactar on May 1, 2014 - 6 answers

What game were we playing?

Trying to remember a team-building game I played maybe a decade ago, so I could maybe re-construct it and play with friends. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Apr 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Achieve customer's confidence in a service they're not paying for

I work for an IT company that provides certain VIP customers with consultancy services, free of charge for them. My job is basically help them identify new business needs, get first-hand information about their plans and projects, do some consulting work related to IT management methodologies, suggest ways to fix non-optimal business processes and in general, manage the business relationship at the highest level (CIOs and CEOs). [more inside]
posted by Matrod on Apr 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Resume/Job Search Question #1001

In May, I will be graduating with a master's degree in applied anthropology. I'll be meeting a potential employer this week (possibly tomorrow) at a 3-day long design/innovation bootcamp. How and when do I broach the subject of employment and ask to send him my resume? Bonus job search questions abound! [more inside]
posted by a.steele on Mar 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Midlife crisis: Suggestions for a career path out of media?

I'm nearly 40 years old and by some measures, successful. I graduated from a top university and have been employed by major companies for nearly 20 years of my professional life. I've grown increasingly dissatisfied with my chosen career though, and I was hoping some of the wise minds here could give me some advice. Details follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Making the most of a professional windfall

An opportunity to consult for a prestigious institution fell into my lap right as I've been trying to make a professional shift, how do I make the most of it? [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Nov 26, 2013 - 3 answers

help me solve my problems

I plan to make this a three-part series over three weeks, where I ask you to help me solve the three problems that keep percolating in my head. This week: my career [more inside]
posted by cacao on Nov 9, 2013 - 2 answers

Marketing niche counseling service?

Suppose you wanted to market a high-end and unusual, therapy-like (but not therapy), niche consulting/counseling service. How would you get the word out to the existentially dissatisfied on the cheap?
posted by shivohum on Oct 17, 2013 - 1 answer

Can I make it as a freelance mechanical engineering consultant?

I have a BS in mechanical engineering and a couple years experience performing FEA simulations for a company in the US military/aerospace industry. I recently found out that there are consulting firms out there charging a lot of money for the same type of services I perform. If possible, I'd like to get my PE license and begin offering my services on a freelance basis. If I can do that successfully, I'd like to form my own consulting firm. My main concern is that I won't be able to find clients. How can I find my way into this market? I've heard that a lot of CAD work is being outsourced and I'm not sure if the demand for these services is really there. I've searched for mechanical engineering listings on freelance sites but I've mostly found low paying odd jobs. My ideal customers would be legitimate companies that need reliable FEA services but are small enough to not have their own mechanical engineer. How can I find these customers? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
posted by PeterKlayton on Oct 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Resources for launching a personal consulting business

I've decided to quit my corporate job and try my hand at launching a personal consulting business. What are some excellent resources that cover all manner of logistical necessities in this domain? [more inside]
posted by mmmmbobo on Sep 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Moving from academia to consulting

I recently left a tenure-track position(!) for geographic reasons (spouse's job). At this point I am not wedded to staying in the faculty track, and have been applying for admin positions as well as faculty ones. However, I recently saw an ad for an analyst job in a higher ed consulting firm in a topic area where I have experience and interest, and I am very seriously considering applying. I have some questions about how to format my resume and cover letter . [more inside]
posted by pamplemousse of love on Sep 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Can I learn to like traveling for work?

Help me decide if flying out-and-back every week for work will desensitize me to the million little things I dislike about traveling. [more inside]
posted by slenderloris on Aug 6, 2013 - 28 answers

What are the best cities to launch a freelance career (cost of living)?

I currently live in NYC - uber-expensive. I'm planning to quit my job very soon (maybe Monday) and go fulltime with my own consulting business. Its technology related and I've had 2 clients thus far and I have evidence I can charge a sizable hourly rate and there's a market for it, but I haven't had time to really market it and the biggest problem is I am not available to make sales calls during the day. I've had inquires from Fortune 100 companies where I come off totally unprofessional unable to even schedule a call during business hours so I think its time to free up my schedule. [more inside]
posted by daveindc on Jun 28, 2013 - 39 answers

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