Lovely article on the Project Management Institute site on being an employee but acting as an independent consultant.
Jim De Piante says;
“I’ve been employed by the same multinational corporation for the past 27 years. About 15 years ago, I decided that I didn’t like feeling like an employee, and decided to adopt the mindset of an independent consultant. Strictly speaking, I was and am still an employee. What changed was my mindset.
I decided to think and behave like an independent consultant while continuing to be an employee of the same corporation.
It’s a nice arrangement. I treat my employer as if they were a client, my main client. With a couple of notable exceptions, they’ve given me steady work.
Since I see myself as an independent project management consultant (even though I am really an employee), I have to think about marketing. If I don’t keep the pipeline full, business could dry up. I make sure people know who I am, what my capabilities are and that I stand ready to help them.
I do a lot of business development. I help people “on my own time” so they’ll know what I can do for them should they have a need.
Do take a look at the rest of the story. I think we are going to see much more of this type of mindset. Mindset puts YOU back in charge of your life and career. Barrie and I have more to say on this ……