[nycbug-talk] Getting started in Consulting

Isaac Levy ike
Fri Jun 3 20:40:36 EDT 2005

Wordup Francisco, All,

On Jun 3, 2005, at 8:26 PM, Francisco Reyes wrote:

> absolutely doesn't care what I use as long as it works..

+1 - it's the key with most clients I want to be working with.  They 
don't know, they pay me to know.

Also, as not to be disheartened by reality, I'd add that making sure 
clients expectations for whatever you do are realistic- prep them for 
whatever may fail- especially if what they want goes against your 
better judgement- (i.e. you *will* get clients who demand they run FTP 
on the public internet, so they can upload accounting files from 
starbucks :P ).  Prepping them for the consequences, along with 
suggesting *sane* other paths to take, is very important to client 
happiness- (which means repeat business and referral).

Once you get to a certain point with direction for whatever your doing, 
you'll be able to (and have the cashflow to) drop jobs you know will 
end in chaos- but starting out, it's realistic to expect to manage a 
number of 'clients who know best' and do not really.  Just don't let it 
ever get you down- it takes some time, but everyone eventually somehow 
gets beyond client work like that.


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