RE: Marketing Yourself as a Consultant

Subject: RE: Marketing Yourself as a Consultant
From: "Lurker writer" <lurker_writer -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 07:19:52 -0500

Good point, Connie..I didn't mean to purposely suggest that FTEs don't need a portfolio/collateral. I've used them myself in the past to go from one permanent job to the next. I too would never leave home without them for whatever type of position.

And, oh yes, there is a big difference between contractors and consultants. For starters: 1099 or W-2 status? self-employed or working through an agency?

In general, hourly rates = contractor; day rates/weekly rates/monthly retainers/flat fees = consultant

If your work is directed by someone else and you're not an employee of the company, you're <<probably a contractor>>; if you're hired to provide a solution based on your expertise, you're <<probably>> a consultant. Typically, the consultant's time on the job is far shorter than the contractor's.

Then there's the unofficial definition of consultant: someone from out of town who carries a brown leather briefcase and gets paid lots of money to tell you something you probably already know.

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