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PM consultant or freelance work?
How does one get started with as a PM consultant or freelance work?
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As I know the PM consultant, has the agreement with a clear scope contains roles and responsibilities for review, monitor performance and approve submitting submitted by the contractor. It's full time!! While freelance is a temporary and part time for some limited scope of work!!!!

Tamer
Tamer, Question Malika is asking is " How does one get started with as a PM consultant or freelance work?"
There are a few routes.
-Create your own LLC,
-Work with a consultant agency
-Join a freelance opportunity site (I can't recall the site ATM)
-Add to your LinkedIn profile an interest in freelance opportunities -
-Add the same to this site
-Join and seek through your local chapter
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1 reply by Malika Meribe
Mar 10, 2020 3:55 PM
Malika Meribe
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Thank you Andrew!!
You have project management experience so this should be simple. To become a PM consultant or PM freelancer:
1. Post your resume on Indeed.com and Linkedin.com. This will enable recruiters to contact you about jobs.
2. Search these sites for jobs you qualify for and apply to them.

That's all it takes. I'm curious why you want to become a consultant or freelancer. I've been a consultant for most of my career, and I want to make sure you don't have any false conceptions of what the job entails. I chose consulting because it allows me to quickly increase my skills, experience and pay. I can work on short assignments that give me the skills and experience I want, and armed with these I can then seek jobs that pay more. I found this preferable to being stuck in the same job for many years hoping for a raise or promotion.
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2 replies by Jonathan Rodgers and Malika Meribe
Jul 24, 2018 8:48 AM
Jonathan Rodgers
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Eric,

Is this what you did to get into it?

I'm currently working towards my PMP, but the ultimate goal is to do consulting/freelance work. I'd love to hear more about the pros and cons, as well as any tips or things to avoid you'd be willing to offer.
Mar 10, 2020 3:58 PM
Malika Meribe
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Eric,

Your reasons are my reasons in a nutshell, but also, because it can have a greater impact on my career. There are more things that I want to do that involve me getting from up under an agency. I want to have more say in the projects that I work on while getting paid what I'm worth.
Malika, basically by applying for contract jobs once you have a certain level of skills and certifications, then it's really not that hard. I'm not sure about the USA, but over here there are so many contract roles.
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1 reply by Malika Meribe
Mar 10, 2020 3:59 PM
Malika Meribe
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It has been hard for me, I have my PMP and CSM and I feel like most jobs in the US are focused on years in a particular industry and not the knowledge and skillset of the PM.
Malika -

Assuming you have sufficient depth & breadth of PM experience (different industries, different levels of complexity/scale) and have a number of past senior clients/stakeholders who can provide qualified references for you, then I'd suggest working with a local reputable recruiting firm as they will likely have more ability to line up gigs than you can on your own until you've completed a portfolio of contract engagements.

Kiron
In addition to tje above....Start with your employer first and tell them you want to be contractor to them 3 days and the other two days business development to get more clients.
Jul 24, 2018 6:47 AM
Replying to Eric Simms
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You have project management experience so this should be simple. To become a PM consultant or PM freelancer:
1. Post your resume on Indeed.com and Linkedin.com. This will enable recruiters to contact you about jobs.
2. Search these sites for jobs you qualify for and apply to them.

That's all it takes. I'm curious why you want to become a consultant or freelancer. I've been a consultant for most of my career, and I want to make sure you don't have any false conceptions of what the job entails. I chose consulting because it allows me to quickly increase my skills, experience and pay. I can work on short assignments that give me the skills and experience I want, and armed with these I can then seek jobs that pay more. I found this preferable to being stuck in the same job for many years hoping for a raise or promotion.
Eric,

Is this what you did to get into it?

I'm currently working towards my PMP, but the ultimate goal is to do consulting/freelance work. I'd love to hear more about the pros and cons, as well as any tips or things to avoid you'd be willing to offer.
Jul 24, 2018 6:19 AM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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There are a few routes.
-Create your own LLC,
-Work with a consultant agency
-Join a freelance opportunity site (I can't recall the site ATM)
-Add to your LinkedIn profile an interest in freelance opportunities -
-Add the same to this site
-Join and seek through your local chapter
Thank you Andrew!!
Jul 24, 2018 6:47 AM
Replying to Eric Simms
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You have project management experience so this should be simple. To become a PM consultant or PM freelancer:
1. Post your resume on Indeed.com and Linkedin.com. This will enable recruiters to contact you about jobs.
2. Search these sites for jobs you qualify for and apply to them.

That's all it takes. I'm curious why you want to become a consultant or freelancer. I've been a consultant for most of my career, and I want to make sure you don't have any false conceptions of what the job entails. I chose consulting because it allows me to quickly increase my skills, experience and pay. I can work on short assignments that give me the skills and experience I want, and armed with these I can then seek jobs that pay more. I found this preferable to being stuck in the same job for many years hoping for a raise or promotion.
Eric,

Your reasons are my reasons in a nutshell, but also, because it can have a greater impact on my career. There are more things that I want to do that involve me getting from up under an agency. I want to have more say in the projects that I work on while getting paid what I'm worth.
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