Episode 89 - The Glidepath to Becoming a Consultant—with Ashley DePaso
What’s the best way for someone to prepare to become a consultant if they are fortunate enough to have some lead time?
In this Craft of Consulting podcast episode, I ask Ashley DePaso, of DePaso Solutions, how she spent her 6 months getting ready to launch her consulting business. She shares her excitement and fears, her questions and how she sought answers, and the strategies she implemented to get herself set up before she left her job.
Ashley knew she’d have a better chance of launching her consulting business successfully if she took the time to plan and get everything in place. In this episode, we talk about:
Following her dream of becoming a consultant
Planning during the pandemic
Sharing her excitement and fears
Owning her own financial security
Getting help from people who have been there before and through teaching platforms
Establishing her legal entity for her consulting business
Minding the business finances from the beginning
Shifting from operating as an employee to a business owner
Focusing on her marketing strategy and getting exposure
Considering NOT doing work for free when you start consulting while still being generous
Working on getting her mindset to support her goals
Getting help from her daughter, twin sister, and her dog