What experienced independent consultants do to LEVEL-UP their consulting business
If you're not yet a freelancer or don't know what an independent international development/social impact consultant or freelancer is, then check out this post.
Are you an independent professional in the international development or social impact spaces (i.e. you provide services as a consultant or freelancer to impact-driven organisations like NGOs, philanthropic organisations, United Nations agencies, or governmental organisations)?
Have you been consulting for a while, and doing okay, but want to raise your profile and "level up" your consulting practice?
Do you want to go from being a "contractor" chasing projects to being "the expert" who is chased by your clients?
Positioning yourself as the go-to expert in your field
This is the "holy grail" of consulting: being seen as "the expert".
And before that seems daunting, and before your "imposter syndrome" (from which the very best "experts" suffer, believe me) goes into overdrive, becoming an expert in your field is a process - not an outcome.
But when you make progress towards nailing this process, you nail the business development ("getting clients") challenge (about getting people to "know, like and trust" you) by default, as clients will want to work with you, and they may even delay projects to when you're available.
There are a lot of tactics that will enable you to position yourself as an expert in your field. The key to many of them is making your voice heard in a scalable and process-orientated way.
At the IC-Hub, we teach our 650+ IC-Hubbers a range of strategies that have worked to increase impact, income and influence for us and other independent consultants, including content creation strategies like podcasting, blogging, public speaking, using social media and websites; building an audience through email marketing; taking on advisory roles with NGOs and consulting firms; and outsourcing work so we can focus our own efforts on the areas where we add the most value.
That might be a lot to take in for now. For that reason, we're excited to launch our Free Email Mini-course.
The "Level-up" Mini-course: this mini-course for advanced independent consultants will - through 5 emails - take you through the IC-Hub's levelling-up principles and strategies that we teach in our IC-Hub Level-up Accelerator Workshop - our most popular programme. It'll explain how to continuously generate a stream of consulting clients in a scalable, time-efficient, and effective way - designed to increase your consulting impact, influence and income.
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