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A surprising thing about independent consulting

Vikrant Duggal
Vikrant Duggal
• 2 min read

Last month I interviewed four members of Consulting Club.

We discussed a number of things over 30 minutes. One particular topic was what surprised him the most from the course and since then their respective consulting journeys. I'm picking this topic today because I think there are a number of misconceptions about consulting. Whether it is that consultants make a lot of money and don't add any value, or that consultants never have time for other parts of their life, or that consultants don't make a lot of money and it's something people say when they are in between jobs.

For me, I had always had success bringing results for other people, other leaders within an organization. If you think about it, everyone - even the CEO, or board member of a major company has a boss. But when it came to doing it for myself there was a blocker.

I was surprised that after three years of working through some difficult inner work and six months of dedication to building a consulting practice. I was surprised by my ability to do the work for me and my life and my desires. I feel like I can go and create anything, on my terms. And I am:  the consulting practice, Consulting Club, the new fund. I'm operating as an individual, doing all these things, collaborating with all these people.

I think deep down we all want to do things our own way, but we don't know how. This is what the process really surprised me with. I'm grateful.

Prakash Chandran, consultant and co-founder of Xano said:

I always considered himself a confident person, but when it came to making money I wasn't really that confident. I think we grow up in our professional careers, always being valued by someone or some organization that we think that that is our value in the world.
We just assume that that that is, and that is actually, if you really think about all the times that you are negotiating, you're always. Using a baseline of what someone else paid you before. And so having the confidence to step outside of that, to step so far outside of that and be like, actually, I'm going to design my income to number one, the true value that I bring in the lifestyle that I want to lead.
That was a surprising journey for me.

On this topic Shreesh Naik, a full-time consultant, said:

From the time I actually sent out the referral emails to getting my first client, it was just a one month process. I was very surprised at how quickly it happened. I was also surprised that I was able to get so many conversation.
I got pretty much everyone who I emailed or at least acknowledged my email pretty much like 90% of them did, which was a very humbling and just kind of showed me that, you know, like people care and people are willing to help and you just kinda have to put yourself out there a little bit.

I'm excited to dive deeper into what members are most surprised by. I'm glad that people are waking up to realize consulting isn't what they might have been conditioned to think.