Perhaps you will find it useful to hear about my experience of setting myself up as a consultant, and how you can work with me.
Setting up has been pretty easy, so far, although I think I've had my share of luck. In my first couple of months I established marketing activities, and working out administrative stuff like tax and insurance. I found that the experience I have of running an organisation and of running projects gave me most of the knowledge and skills I needed, and where I needed help it was available through my network or, occasionally, from Internet resources (HMRC have some pretty good stuff). I have shared some tips in this article...
My recent survey of blog readers, LinkedIn and Twitter contacts indicates that understanding each other and our differences is our biggest challenge to working in partnership. Now I am building on the research results to design a course that will improve your ability to bring organisations together to create impact.
In last week's post about what I learned from Engineers Without Borders (here) I said we (voluntary sector) are only just beginning to understand the corporate sector. In three years with Engineers Without Borders I had more contact with companies than I'd had in the previous 17 years (at Oxfam GB, Nottingham CVS, Skillshare International, Regeneration East Midlands and One East Midlands), and it was all very useful contact.
I am currently working on a proposal to help bring funders together around the issue of scaling up successful projects to achieve large impact. The idea is to examine how you address the challenges of scale, like finding the resources you need and applying successful ideas in new contexts.
I find this really exciting: if we can learn lessons from successfully scaled-up projects we can perhaps influence practice, and make a difference for people all over the world.