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Starting a new career as a consultant?

Here are 6 things you should be thinking about.

Recently, I left my job. It was a big job with a big company and for the preceding four years, it pretty much defined me professionally. Who I was, what I did and largely what my public narrative should be.

But that’s all in the past now, replaced by a sense of ambiguity. Who am I now? What do I want to do? What is my point of view?

Like many others, I decided to spend the immediate aftermath doing some consultancy work, while deciding on my longer-term plans.

This was a familiar path for me because back in 2000, I faced a similar situation and took a similar consultancy-led approach whilst waiting for my next big gig to turn up.

But it didn’t work out quite like that. One consultancy job led to several others and before long, I realised a couple of things: Firstly, there was plenty of work around if I looked hard enough, and secondly, I rather liked being my own boss.

In fact, 10 years later, I was still running my own show, although b…