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I want to do some consulting but how?

By planet1 ·
I want to do some sideline consulting but how? I have never done this but some of my peers and project managers have started that this is some thing that I would be good at. What would be the very first things that I should do to start?

For some background I am a programmer who works mostly right now in the RPG/400 area on AS400's. Since we are a small company I also reasearch and purchase software and manage security for our PC's. I also manage our PC users (55) and have created and implempted several help desk projects to assist this growing area. I handle the networking of the AS400 and all the Client Access matters. I am responsible for all hardware in the IT/IS area. I am also involved with our manufacturing automation and productivity area with both the IT concerns and manufacturing process stratagy ( I worked for 15 years in our manufacturing area before moving to IT).

These are skills I would like to capitalize on.

Thanks,
Mike Moegling

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Things to consider

by generalist In reply to I want to do some consult ...

Do you have your own subscription to News/400 and Midrange Computing? If not, they would be a start.

News/400 has a web site that deals with lots of AS/400 topics, including employment. It could be a source.

If you're in a big metropolitan area, you might want to check some of the consulting firms. Some companies don't like hiring consultants directly because of tax and overhead issues. They tend to go through intermediates.

Attending user group meetings can be useful, especially if you're willing to moonlight. Having a full time job can be helpful while getting started.

But whatever you do, make sure that enough taxes are taken out. Penalties hurt...

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thanks

by planet1 In reply to Things to consider

Thanks, I appriciate all the help I can get.

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