The Life of A Consultant
I totally did something I swore I’d never do when I started my consulting firm….I knowingly over-committed myself.
The work is good and interesting work for a new client who I’ve only ever dreamed of working for.
But, I simply don’t have time to do it. I’m currently working more then I want to – 5 days per week, not my ideal 3 or 4 days per week. (As an independent consultant the rule of thumb is to take the work when it’s available because you never know when/if the next project will come, which often results in an unbalanced workload).
So when I was asked to work on this project I instantly wanted to say yes. So, I gave the client a project timeline that met my availability – meaning I’d do the work part time over the next 6 months. 6 months was an aggressive timeline, but I was confident I could do it and it would be a win-win.
Unfortunately they need the work done immediately, within 1 month. It’s essentially a more then full-time project, and I also have all my other on-going projects with deadlines I’ve already committed to.
So, Mr. MPB and I started talking about what to do – he knew how much I wanted the opportunity to build a relationship with this potential client. But the conundrum was pretty obvious – a dream client, with an unbearable, nearly impossible timeline. We talked it through and made a few decisions, which are necessary for me to take on the new client:
- I had to find a qualified partner to help do the work with me.
- Due to the condensed timeline of the project, my rate is going up. Way up!
- Mr. MPB will take on more of the household stuff during the next month. This is necessary to make sure I meet my work deadlines for my current projects and this new client, and so that I still am able to spend some down time with Little MPB and Mr. MPB.
It has been a few days since this all happened and I can now confirm that I have a partner, my increased rate has been accepted and Mr. MPB and I are committed to making this work. So, I am now committed to being INSANELY busy for the next month.
Looking at my calendar is officially intimidating.
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