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What are your biggest consulting challenges?


On this blog I share my experiences, observations, and lessons learned as an independent consultant -- interspersed with questions for my readers.  Even though I've been consulting for almost 17 years, I can't begin to claim to have a lock on the knowledge of how to run a consultancy.  Like anyone else, I'm still learning.  In fact, the more I learn, the more I realize how much more there is to know about this business.  As Ben Franklin said:

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.

Your comments on this blog have taught me more than I would have thought possible.  Whether it's by challenging my ideas, confirming them, or just getting me to think through something I hadn't properly considered, you have helped to make me a better consultant.  I hope to return the favor.

With that mind, I'd like to get your input on subjects for future articles.  What are the challenges you face that you'd like to see discussed here?  What problems do you deal with on a daily basis?  Are there creeping issues that you can almost see at the periphery, but you try to ignore -- even though you know that one day you'll have to address them?

Just to get your thoughts flowing, here's a poll of some of the more common consulting challenges.  Please feel free to discuss more than just these.

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Chip Camden has been programming since 1978, and he's still not done. An independent consultant since 1991, Chip specializes in software development tools, languages, and migration to new technology. Besides writing for TechRepublic's IT Consultant b...

7 comments
kudumi
kudumi

How to balance the time for responding to new jobs and finishing those already started.

Sterling chip Camden
Sterling chip Camden

... is procrastination. Sometimes, if I have four or five things I need to get done now, I get stymied and end up doing something completely unrelated in order to escape. How about you?

ManiacMan
ManiacMan

Other than that, it's business as usual.

robo_dev
robo_dev

But it's nothing a big hot cup of coffee cannot cure.

Information
Information

You Do The Job, Get It Done Right And In A Timely Fashion. Why Dont Client Pay On Time. The Clients Wait Last Minute To Say They Need Something Done And Than Take Forever To Pay.

Sterling chip Camden
Sterling chip Camden

... so they'll try to save money in any way they can. They'll postpone payment for as long as you let them. Put your foot down and tell them that if they want instant service, you want timely payment.