How does your consulting business stack up? Take our 16th Annual WIC Best Practices Survey (open March 14-April 7) and find out.

A comprehensive analysis of the state of consulting businesses - Yes, it’s that time again. This is the 16th year for WIC’s best practices survey. Over the years, it’s offered useful insights into the evolution of Bay Area consulting businesses, such as billing and marketing tool trends, consulting expertise and specialties, structure and operations. Also over the years, we’ve found more and more consultants implementing the best practices and seeing the positive impact on their businesses. … [Read more...]

 Consultant or Vendor? Pick only one!

Consultants and vendors both bring expertise to the marketplace. But they operate very differently in that marketplace. Vendors typically offer thoroughly designed and tested products. It might be a course in time management or project management or a one-day team building retreat. Maybe it is a "package" of marketing materials for a new product launch. Or it might be a 3-session package on presentation skills. Role of a Vendor The biggest advantage of being a vendor is the ease of marketing … [Read more...]

Tax Change…3 Things I Now Know

:: If you were at all like me…you ignored all the tax legislation discussion in December hoping somehow it would all go away or get sorted out without rocking your own personal boat too much.   If you didn’t put your head in the sand then I openly congratulate you for being proactive and informed. Luckily for the rest of us, WIC member Rebecca Cafiero organized a free conference call earlier this month for WIC members with her tax and legal expert, Scott Burnett. It was painless, informative … [Read more...]

WIC Turns 20 in 2018 

:: What better way to kick off the 20th Anniversary of WIC in 2018 than sharing a WIC “aha moment” from member Mandi Toutsch:   “Even traveling between the Midwest and California for the past year, I find the WIC emails and off-topic subjects very helpful. I am grateful to have met wise and resourceful women, whom are a great support to each other with their businesses and life.” While a more formal anniversary celebration is planned for the January 18th General Meeting, the blog will feature … [Read more...]

Key Takeaways to Scale Your Consulting Practice

:: I was fortunate to be in the audience when WIC hosted a panel on how to scale your consulting practice. These amazing speakers had very consistent advice and not necessarily what I was expecting to hear. Lisa Ann Pinkerton, Founder and President, Technica Communications Sheila Hatch, Creative Director and President, Decca Design Emmy Gengler, CEO and Founder, Softjourn Kathryn Bowsher, Managing Director and Founder of Act One Healthcare These 4 women have really scaled their … [Read more...]

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