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GeneralAnyone here own their own software consulting business? PinmemberGoalie3517-Mar-13 11:56 
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GeneralRe: Anyone here own their own software consulting business? PinprotectorMarc Clifton18-Mar-13 2:51 
While I've subcontracted people on occasion to help out, I'm essentially a one-man consultancy. I've never (my own failing) taken the time to create a team and find enough work to support the team, however, I thoroughly enjoy working solo. I will honestly admit that I frequently find other devs impossible to work with because they tend to be stuck-up and incompetent, but there have been exceptions!
 
Which brings me to two points:
 
1. A successful consultancy is not based on writing software. It's based on landing contracts. And that means, immediately stop doing dev work and start doing marketing work. Which means, find people who have contacts in industry, have the ear of the decision maker, and get them motivated to find contracts for your consultancy.
 
2. Surround yourself with devs you trust and you can work with. Delegate the work to them because you will need to be doing #1.
 
3. While you may have a lot of skills in the most popular Microsoft technologies, consider these:
a. you will need experts in tech you are not an expert in
b. as you do #1 above, you will not only lose those skills, but the tech will be constantly changing
c. therefore, you need to ensure #2 above, to find people who can fill in the holes, which grow bigger and deeper every day.
 
The mechanics of setting up a business are essentially irrelevant if you don't have any business. Don't get fooled into thinking that just because you have a company name, a filing, an email address, and a pretty web page, that you are doing business. In fact, all that work should be delegated to someone else. Your job is to land contracts by doing #1 and then implement those contracts by doing #2. And you will need help.
 
Be humble. Know your strengths, but more importantly, know your weaknesses and find people to fill in the gaps.
 
Marc

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