Are you thinking of launching out on your own as a consultant? Or perhaps you already have? The rewards can be great - so can the dangers. In this eminently practical book, Sally Garratt brings her own extensive experience to bear on the pleasures and pitfalls of the consultant’s life. She offers detailed guidance on starting and building an independent practice. Being an expert in your chosen field is just a beginning. What personal qualities will you need? How do you set about finding clients? When should you seek specialist advice? How can you balance work, home and leisure? In answering these and many other questions the book dispels some common misconceptions about the nature of consultancy and examines the realities. It looks at the different types of consultancy work and explains what is involved in setting up an office, dealing with taxation, preparing proposals and compiling the report. To support the text there are examples of key documents, and even an appendix on insurance. For would-be consultants - and existing ones too - this is a complete guide. Whether your expertise lies in management, design, engineering, finance, law or anything else, Sally Garratt’s book will increase your chances of success immeasurably.