It was three years ago this summer that I got the call, bought the Yuengling, smoked the cigarettes, and began life as an independent consultant. It’s been (almost) three years of ups and downs, and, eventually, among the most rewarding experiences of my life. Day by day, I wrote my own job description, found my own clients, set my own schedule, and set my own agenda.
If you know me at all, you know that I’ve been pretty die-hard about being an independent consultant, so you might think this was a difficult decision. Oddly, it wasn’t — I’ve enjoyed these last several months immensely, the team I work with is fantastic, and I’ve never felt more proud of work I’ve done. Whenever I found myself wondering whether Toura might eventually tire of paying my consulting rates, I’d get downright mopey. Over the course of three years, I’ve worked hard for all of my clients, but this is the first time I’ve felt so invested in a project’s success or failure, like there was a real and direct correlation between my efforts and the outcome. It’s a heady feeling, and I hope and expect it to continue for a while.
Also: we’re hiring :)