You’re striking out on your own as an independent consultant, but how do you secure clients?

Donna Sherard, now an independent consultant, pitched her departure from her employer as a change in their relationship. She now has a two-year contract with the same employer in a different capacity — and credits careful planning for that and other work she’s gotten since.

“I was managing my contacts before I knew I was leaving,” Sherard explained, adding that she planned her departure from her full-time position approximately 18 months in advance.

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