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Pros and Cons of Consulting - The Real Story from a "Formerly Reluctant" Grant Consultant!

This session addresses the GPC Competency of practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers. The session goal is to help grant professionals learn the ups and downs of consulting so they can make the best decision for both themselves and their families. 

The objectives are to help grant professionals understand:
1. The logistics of creating their LLC.
2. How to make the transition from working for an organization to working on their own (gradual or full break?)
3. How to handle the financial aspects of their business, including taxes/W9 forms, invoicing, time tracking, and budgeting.
4. Best practices for marketing their consulting business. 
5. How to stay organized with multiple grant deadlines and clients.
6. The joyful parts of consulting"¦ and the not-so-joyful aspects.
7. How to not take on too much!
This session will include my own story of going from the supposedly "safe and secure" world of local government to being told my position was being eliminated. It will include some grant horror stories to help attendees understand what to do and what NOT to do in consulting!
Per my usual style, we'll break into small groups later in the session so everyone can share where they are on their journey to grant consulting and why they're here today. Finally, we'll end with some general Q and A to make certain we cover everything a curious future consultant may want to know!

GPC Competencies Addressed:
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers 

Amy Shankland, GPC, has been a grant professional for over 17 years. She has worked for a variety of non-profit organizations and local governments. In 2016 she created her own consulting company, Grants Avenue LLC. Shankland is also the author of the book Joy to You and Me (At Work!) and Lighten Your Mental Load. She is the current VP of the Indiana GPA chapter. Shankland is a former Dale Carnegie Instructor and writes a column called Sandwiched for the Hamilton County Reporter.