Who am I?
My name is Richard and again, Welcome to independent consulting bootcamp.com
Since I am ultimately responsible for the creation of the content on the Independent Consulting Bootcamp site, I thought it would be worthwhile providing a summary of my experience to give some context for your interpretation and use of the material and views presented here.
As at the start of 2011 I have approximately twenty five years experience of working in the financial services industry both as an employee of various financial institutions and as an external professional adviser - external auditor and consultant. I have worked in the UK, mainland Europe and more recently in the Asia Pacific region.
I am an economics graduate and following graduation I trained as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse, qualifying in the early 90's. I spent four years working in industry immediately following qualification and in 1997 I joined KPMG consulting in the financial services consulting practice splitting my time mostly between Edinburgh and London.
I resigned from KPMG in 2001 to start my own independent consulting business. Ten years on it has proved to be successful, albeit hard work and at times a little frustrating. If I was back at that crossroads again now, but this time with the benefit of hindsight, contemplating whether to tender my resignation to KPMG and strike out alone I would not hesitate to make the move. The freedom and rewards I have enjoyed whilst working independently have been tremendous and I would never have achieved so much had I continued as an employee.
During my ten years as an independent I have rarely been without chargeable client work, I have had the freedom to take time out when I choose for professional development and holidays. Also, on reflection I believe that on average the level of stress associated with my work has been significantly lower than it would have been had I undertaken similar assignments as an employed consultant.
I have contracted direct with clients, sourced some assignments through an Agency and collaborated with others on a subcontract basis assisting them in delivering assignments to their clients. Each model has advantages and disadvantages as detailed on the Operating Models page.
From a personal perspective one of the main reasons that I decided to make the move in 2001 was that I wanted to regain control over my work and how I spent my time. Typically I was restless as an employee, feeling constrained working within a business that was owned by someone else.
I wanted to get out there and create something for myself, take some risks, manage those risks, work hard and see what I could achieve. I had a feeling that if I got to the end of my working life and had only ever been an employee of a large corporate entity, that somehow I would have missed out on some opportunities and experiences.
Many times over the last ten years I have found myself sat in bars and coffee shops talking with people who have been contemplating making the move to work independently. It was through these discussions that it became clear to me that creating the independent consulting bootcamp website might be of use to others, and so I genuinely hope that you find it of benefit.
I don't pretend to have all the answers and I certainly have made some mistakes - I hope you are able to benefit from my sharing of details of the wrong turns I have taken. Thankfully, I have also enjoyed some tremendous successes and similarly, I hope you are able to benefit from these experiences.
If you have any questions whatsoever, or any feedback on the site please don't hesitate to get in touch using the contact form provided below. If you would like to discuss any matters personally with me on the telephone then please get in touch and I'm sure we can make arrangements to speak.
I wish you every success in your endeavours.
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