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Working I am starting my own consulting biz in June.

Dan

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Going to do some interim administration and general municipal consulting focusing on small towns. I have a model contract, scope of services agreements, cost structure and marketing piece ready to go. A pandemic probably isn't the best time to be starting out, but it is what it is. Wish me luck.

Congrats! :)

Maybe you can post something about how to go from zero to consultant -- contracts, software/hardware how to respond to RFPs/RFQs, how to estimate fees, and especially how to market yourself to other communities who would be your first clients.
 

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Congrats! :)

Maybe you can post something about how to go from zero to consultant -- contracts, software/hardware how to respond to RFPs/RFQs, how to estimate fees, and especially how to market yourself to other communities who would be your first clients.

I am sort of reacting to what has been a need, at least in our area. The people who do these kinds of things are generally 65+ and do it as a retirement gig. Also, there are just less people in local gov admin now generally, let alone ones with 20 years experience.

I am hoping to have 2-3 clients at a time and work in 3 and 6 month increments. Might even consider one client full time for 6 months for the right place.
 

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Well, I gave it a shot. COVID has really changed things. I decided to go back to a conventional job and in fact am about to start one. COVID has really just ground activity down. I will give it a try again someday. It was good to step back and get some perspective though.
 

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Well, I gave it a shot. COVID has really changed things. I decided to go back to a conventional job and in fact am about to start one. COVID has really just ground activity down. I will give it a try again someday. It was good to step back and get some perspective though.
Sorry to hear that. I know many local governments around here are putting off some code work they need done because they don't want to spend the dollars. I would guess that we will see lots of local governments hold their contracts until the Fall.

On the flip side, I have had a lot of private developers trying to get projects off the ground int he last month... so maybe things are turning around?

Hopefully the conventional job is good for you too.
 

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Yes I tried to start a business over a year ago - had a lot of interest from small towns to help them but they have no money as in "we have $5,000 set aside to do the comp plan, can you help us?" - uh...

and also I got really depressed not being connected in a community - I had been doing local planning for 25 years and for a host of personal and professional reasons, I just needed to be back in a municipality

So good luck being back in!
 

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Yes I tried to start a business over a year ago - had a lot of interest from small towns to help them but they have no money as in "we have $5,000 set aside to do the comp plan, can you help us?" - uh...

and also I got really depressed not being connected in a community - I had been doing local planning for 25 years and for a host of personal and professional reasons, I just needed to be back in a municipality

So good luck being back in!

I got into a nice bedroom type town. Its close to where I am, so no move in the near future. Its tough to get outside the field much over 50. We are who we are professionally at this point.
 
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