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Honesty is the best policy and this 100% applies when you are managing a job while starting a consulting business. Your customers should have a clear picture of what to expect in terms of your service, your day job, and the hours that you are available to receive calls and attend meetings.

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5 Tips By Wikki Verma How To Operate A Consulting Business Just over two years ago I walked away from my 9 to 5 to start my own consulting business. The uncertainty of what was next ended up being the fuel that I needed to get me from the first day to now – two years under my belt and I’m still alive to tell the tale. 1. Say “No” More than You Say “Yes” I will be the first to confess saying “NO” is hard. But I also believe that saying “YES” too repeatedly can leave you over-committed and ineffective. Saying “NO” can make us feel decrepit guilty and contradictory to get success. But those who say “NO” more than they say “YES” are good able to focus on the important projects and customer relationships that they have selected. They have more power and produce good work. Their customer relationships are generally good and their work-work-life balance is more easily managed. fear of missing out is a powerful driver but if you are not careful it can get you get you into muddy waters. 2. Make Your Processes Simple

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Software - Proposify The most effective way to succeed at start a consulting business while holding down a 7 to 5 is to plan for it. Creating environment and processes that simplify your life and prevent things from out of control is critical to achieving big-term success and effectively managing both locations of your career. The processes you put in place should help you improve efficiencies and increase earnings. The key is to keep it easy. It should not require additional tasks time money work. It should become part of your work and make your life simple. It should also add value to you and your customers. 3. Use Your Lunch Break time for customers Calls As much as we try to push the end point and search for more hours in the day the reality is there are only 24/7 to go around. At least 6 of them are already earmarked for your 7 to 5 job. Your consulting work unfortunately gets whatever is left over. It is up to you to search creative ways to use the remaining hours in your day in the best possible way. Consulting would be so much simple if everything we did was over the web. But in reality you ca not manage a customer relationship through email exclusively. 4. Hack Your System with Apps grow your productivity with apps that simplify everything you do from content management to your daily Sale. There are many apps that when used to their potential can make your life so much simply. Schedule your emails Boomerang for Gmail lets you take operate of when you send and receive email. With Boomerang you can write an email late at night or morning in the

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morning and schedule it to send during business time. You can also set reminders and follow-up massage to keep you on your toes. 5. Be Transparent With Your Customers Honesty is the best policy and this 99.9 applies when you are managing a job while starting a consulting business. Your customers should have a clear picture of what to expect in terms of your service your day job and the hours that you are available to receive calls and attend meetings. Setting real expectations not only ensures that you are all on the same page but it remove stress on both you and the customers it keeps the relationship honest and transparent and does not spook your boss because you are not answering personal calls in business timing.

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