Becoming a consultant....general and website question for you....
I have been working, as an employee, in the L & D field for seven years and am looking to branch out on my own. I have been researching (and thinking/assessing) the pros and cons....as well as, the steps to take in order to make this happen.
Question One: For those of you that have made this leap: what other items should I consider before starting up this business besides: software, hardware, business liscence, tax id, incorporation, website and bank account?
Question Two: I have been using a site to host a portfolio but should I invest in a website as well? I have heard both positives and negatives of this task.
Thoughts, ideas, recommendations, comments?
Btw...On a personal note, I am not looking to make this move in order to make more money but rather a better work/life balance. I mention this because the first comment that I recieve when I either solicit advice or mention to others that I am contemplating this I get a slew of negative comments about the economy as well as, the failure rate for starting a business.
Thank you in advance.