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FEATURED FREELANCING, CONSULTING BOOK:
Getting Started in Consulting, by Alan Weiss, Ph.D. (Wiley). Provides practical guidance on beginning a consulting business — showing you how low overhead and a high degree of organization can translate into a six-figure income. The book also offers key information on how to finance a consulting practice, how to write proposals, how to set up billing and bookkeeping, and more.
TOP FREELANCING, CONSULTING BOOKS:
How to Build a Successful Consulting Practice, by Jack Phillips(McGraw-Hill).
How to Succeed as an Independent Consultant, by Herman Holtz and David Zahn (Wiley).
Working for Yourself: Law & Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers & Consultants, by Stephen Fishman (NOLO).
OTHER FREELANCING, CONSULTING BOOKS:
138 Quick Ideas to Get More Clients, by Howard L. Shenson and Jerry Wilson (Wiley).
Breakthrough Consulting: Turn Your Expertise into a Successful Consulting Business, by James Essinger and Alex Dembitz (Financial Times Prentice Hall Publishing).
The Business of Consulting: The Basics and Beyond, by Elaine Biech (Pfeiffer & Co.).
Consultant & Independent Contractor Agreements, by Stephen Fishman (NOLO).
The Consultant’s Calling: Bringing Who You Are to What You Do, by Geoffrey M. Bellman (Jossey-Bass).
The Consultant’s Guide to Proposal Writing: How to Satisfy Your Clients and Double Your Income, by Herman Holtz (Wiley).
The Consultant’s Legal Guide, by Elaine Biech and Linda Byars Swindling (Jossey-Bass).
The Consultant’s Manual: A Complete Guide to Building a Successful Consulting Practice, by Thomas L. Greenbaum (Wiley).
The Consultant’s Scorecard: Tracking Results and Bottom-Line Impact of Consulting Projects, by Jack Phillips (McGraw-Hill).
The Consultant’s Toolkit: High-Impact Questionnaires, Activities and How-to Guides for Diagnosing and Solving Client Problems, by Melvin L. Silberman (McGraw-Hill).
The Contract and Fee-Setting Guide for Consultants and Professionals, by Howard L. Shenson (Wiley).
Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used, by Peter Block (Jossey-Bass).
Freelancing Later in Life, by Kimberly Ripley (Booklocker.com).
Getting Started in Computer Consulting, by Peter Meyer (Wiley).
Guerrilla Marketing for Consultants: Breakthrough Tactics for Winning Profitable Clients by Jay Conrad Levinson and Michael W. McLaughlin (Wiley).
Marketing Your Consulting and Professional Services, by Dick Connor and Jeff Davidson (Wiley).
Marketing Your Consulting Services, by Elaine Biech (Pfeiffer).
Six-Figure Freelancing, by Kelly James-Enger (Random House).
Successful Freelancing: The Complete Guide to Establishing and Running Any Kind of Freelance Business, by Marian Faux (St. Martin’s Press).
Successful Independent Consulting: Turn Your Career Experience into a Consulting Business, by Douglas Florzak (Logical Directions Inc.).
What to Charge: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants, by Laurie Lewis (Aletheia).
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