EPISODE 25: Key Elements of Success When Launching a Consulting Practice—With Deri Hughes

In this Craft of Consulting podcast episode, I interview Deri Hughes. Deri is the Managing Director at Honeycomb PS, an advisory firm that helps boutique/small consulting firms with strategic and operational support. In this episode, Deri shares his expertise on what new consultants and small consulting firms need to do and have in place leading up and as they launch their consulting practice to be successful. He also shares his insights on what critical skills are needed for success and common pitfalls to avoid. 




Deri Hughes

Deri shares what he knows will lead to successfully launching and growing a consulting practice. He covers the necessary mechanics of setting up your business and getting clients, challenges you’ll encounter as it grows, and how to deliver value to clients to get recurring business. In this episode, we talk about:


  • Finding your niche as a consultant and focusing on your true strengths

  • Essential skills to develop as a consultant and tactics to develop and improve them

  • The importance of establishing good communication practices to engage clients

  • Critical tools to successfully operate your business

  • Common areas of struggle for new consultants and how to avoid them

  • How to navigate business growth to keep operations running smoothly


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