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The Art of Building and Being an Independent Consulting Practice

  • 21 Nov 2015
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Room E322 - George Brown College Casa Loma Campus, 160 Kendall Avenue, Toronto, ON (Dupont TTC Subway Station)


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The Art of Building and Being an Independent  Consulting Practice

Course Objective

This workshop is in ROOM E322

Fast Company has reported that independent consulting is a growing and more attractive segment of the workplace. Whether you call it contract work, consulting in any of its current forms, freelancing, bench consultant, or any other name, it is attractive. Attractive it seems for almost as many reasons as there are new consultants making a contribution to the economy.

According to the Wall Street Journal this growing workforce breaks down as follows:

  • 36 percent are gen-Xers
  • 33 percent are baby boomers
  • 20 percent are millenials
  • 11 percent are matures
  • Distributed equally male or female

For project managers, business analysts, facilitators, business process modelers, requirements analysts and business architects, this is an attractive and desired career path. Whether it is self-expression, flexible work patterns throughout the year, testing the waters for the next career, or finding a silver lining in that last layoff.

Organizations inadvertently place themselves at a disadvantage when the workforce downsize includes eliminating necessary subject matter experts with the necessary domain knowledge and experience.

IIBA Toronto has partnered with Stillmeadow Knowledge to present a three hour workshop that addresses the practice of consulting and the transition skills necessary to successfully move into the independent consultant role and its various flavors.

Stillmeadow Knowledge will address the process of transitioning into new roles and the challenges commonly associated with the process. Where do you start? How do you become a ‘professional gun’ for hire? What challenges are you likely to specifically face?

You will be able to make an assessment of your personal mettle in determining if this is a valid opportunity for you.

Course Content


What does self-employed mean?

Understanding Entrepreneurs in Canada

What are my options?



  • Understanding the Risks
  • What is your Risk Threshold?
  • To straddle or not to straddle

Risk Assessment

  • Qualities
  • Characteristics natural vs. learned behaviour
  • Credentials: Standing out in a crowd
  • Are you an effective Communicator?

Business Structures

  • Three Main Forms of Business Structure
  • Business Plan, Marketing Plan Do I need one?

Key Partners

  • You can’t do it all
  • Building a support team

Finding Work

  • Building a network
  • Recruiters, Headhunters


It can be overwhelming to transition from full time work to the self-employed state of consulting. The workshop will help focus your efforts and provide information that may assist you:

  • Understanding whether you are ready to be self-employed
  • Discover your risk tolerance
  • Awareness of the main forms of business structures
  • Importance in investing in a strong support network
  • Value of building meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships


Business Analysts, Project Managers, Change Professionals and those individuals with

related disciplines that want to know more about becoming self-employed.


Workshop is 1/2 day - 3 hours


Katy Knox

Senior Consultant


Class time duration: 3.00 hours

IIBA CDU credits: n/a credits

Chapter Member Price: $129

Non-Member Price: $154

Chapter Member Early Bird Price: $109

Non-Member Early Bird Price: $134

Cancellation by participant

Students will receive a refund only if IIBA Toronto receives a notice of cancellation more than 10 full calendar days (not including the class date) before the class start date.

If a student does not attend a scheduled session, there will be no refund or reschedule given. Payment is forfeited.

Student substitutions are allowed.

Cancellation or reschedule by IIBA Toronto

The IIBA Toronto chapter, who is providing this workshop, reserves the right to cancel or reschedule this event.


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