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...]

The Mind-Mechanics of Doubt

:: When I was young and envisioned myself as an adult, I pictured a radiant, glowing person who carried herself with compassion, grace, ease, and certainty. It didn't occur to me that doubt, fear, and indecision would be ghosts in the machine, casting their vote all along the way. What happened? The brain forged and fortified neural pathways into superhighways of doubt-related 'chemical fixes.' You were framed. Between the ages of 2-16, our brains were quite literally programmed by our … [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...]

The Power of WIC is in Your Success

:: For me, 2017 has been one of the shortest years ever. As my first year as president of WIC, it certainly has been busy and fruitful. Previous presidents and board members did some excellent work streamlining WIC operations and costs. This year the board put a lot of energy towards increasing transparency, connecting with members, and driving more value through our programs. One of my personal goals as a WIC leader has been to respond to issues, ideas and questions with positive support, … [Read more...]

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