The last time I published an entry was Aug 2018 and I was a few days to unemployment and waiting for my scholarship results.
It turns out, the scholarship people never got back to me and I’ve emailed them asking them what the issue was and they still didn’t reply. I thought it was pretty cruel to not tell me, especially because there is no doubt in my mind I was a great candidate. But you know what? In life you have to take what you get and move on .. so I did.
I left my old workplace anyway even if they asked me to reconsider twice. I asked myself what I would do after the PhD anyway and it would have been most probably consulting… So a week after my last day of work, I was already a registered consultant.
I spent the first month learning what I needed to do. I didn’t have clients and no money but the good thing is that I had my website and I was already up in no time.
There are many consultancies being advertised on many websites but sadly, I realized in no time that I will be competing with many of my Consultant friends who have tons of work experience and a PhD!
After much trial and error, I decided to spend a weekend working on a brochure type of thing- digital because my capital was zero. I introduced myself in that brochure, put a professional photo to make it more personal, and gave them a one pager on why they need my services and products. Another page were on the products I recommended they consider.
I emailed them my business proposal and addressed the email to their head (head’s name has to be on the email heading or no one will take your email as anything more than spam).
For the first round, I emailed about 10 businesses and didn’t hear back from any. Two weeks later I sent them a follow-up email, reiterating the importance of my products and informing them that I only had a few slots left (as in I can only do so much in a year)…. In no time, 2 businesses asked to set up meetings and one told me they will revert.
It’s not going to be easy in the beginning more than any other but those businesses being interested for me means that I just need to keep reaching out!
I’ve ordered business cards and will print out hard copy brochures and circulate those with my new prices for 2019!
Wish me luck!