How do you start consulting?
One of the advantages to a small conference is the ability to take attendee feedback and put it in place during the conference. We actually made time for the attendees to pick topics they wanted to discuss and this episodes comes from one of our attendees Aaron Hayes.
It can be very tempting to think of the good life of consulting. I almost liken it to playing the lottery–what am I going to do with all that time and money? While the odds on successful consulting are a bit higher than the lottery, just saying you are a consultant won’t automatically bring in the clients.
The reasons data professionals get into consulting are varied and in this episode we are joined by Randolph West and Jonathan Stewart, former podcast guests, to talk about the reasons we started consulting and some of the challenges along with our decision.
From my own personal experience, working for yourself–whether you consider yourself a contractor or a consultant–is very rewarding but demanding work. There is no one to tell you want to do, but there are very few security nets as well. One of the most important ideas I can suggest for those who want to own their own business is–forget the technology, how are you going to help other people? If you are ok with the idea of focusing on others, then there are great opportunities in store.
Do you have thoughts about jumping into technology? Let us know in the comments below.
“I hate the lost productivity involved in sitting at a desk all day.”
“Becoming a consultant allowed me to… choose my customers, choose what I want to work on.”
“You can do other things but be known for something”
“word of mouth turned out to be a very bad strategy.”
“A consultant is I’m helping you solve a problem, a contractor is getting some job done for x number of hours.”
Listen to Learn
10:26 Challenges in consulting
15:45 Having your own branding or niche as a consultant
19:08 Difference between a contractor and consultant
42:57 How consultants find their particular customers? What are some of the strategies?
Meet the Hosts
With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at databasehealth.com and provides training through SQL Trail events.
Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.
Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.