Why should all ambitious project managers become independent

Written by on October 22, 2019

Michael began his swimming career at the age of 7

He started swimming with his sisters.

He would never go underwater because he was so scared.

So, what did he do? Quit swimming, or stay where he is?

No: he decided to swim backward.

Interesting enough, the first stroke that he ever mastered was the backstroke

At that ripe age of 7, Michael had no idea that he would grow up to become the greatest swimmer of all time. Over time, he tried and mastered this stroke.

After years of training, Michael became an Olympic gold medalist.

Michael Phelps started with what he did best 

And he beat it till he killed it.

As PMs, we should get the best outcome from what we already do best

We do it for our projects all the time, why not do it for ourselves?

We are successful managers and we create constant value for our employer.

We can always stay as an employee. Have less control of our destiny, earn less.

Or we can become independent and deal our own cards 

As an independent Project Manager, I had the chance to work with amazing clients (Microsoft, IBM, Fujitsu, Bridgestone, Governments…).

I was able to choose them or let them go.

But by far the most exciting part was my suddenly increased will to improve myself.

I started to care about the industry

I cared about best practices.

I put myself out there and shared my expertise.

I blogged. I spoke at conferences.

And people cared. So did my clients.

My life has changed completely

I have shifted my focus from an employee mindset to a client-oriented manager. That helped me focus on results rather than budgets, timelines and risks.

I still use this mindset 13 years after, to-date.

I became more productive

Becoming results-oriented has a side effect of making you obsessed with your productivity.

When I started, I would want to keep working blindly.

Now that’s a recipe for disaster.

It pushed me to read more, develop my skills to create outputs faster.

As a result I became less redundant. But Sidar...

Isn’t becoming independent a risky business? 

Sure: if you are looking at an employee’s point of view.

Ask yourself: What’s the risk for your career, if stay where you are?

Chances are that there isn’t a faster path to a much greater income.

An independent PM can easily earn 1K$ a day

An average employee PM averages 250$ a day.

This means that every week you aren’t an independent consultant, you are leaving 4K$ on the table.

Excluding expenses and write-offs.

OK, but is it easy? How do I find clients?

What do I need to get set up?

I’ll not lie and say that it is super easy.

Hard news is, you need to know how to

  • Prepare a stellar Independent PM’s CV
  • Prepare your mindset and create your measurable goals
  • Get clients, and keep them
  • Deal with hairy situations
  • Set up the machinery that will last for decades

The good news is that I distilled a full guide of 150+ pages that will save you lots of searching on the internet + my own experience + experience from my dozens of independent clients you can’t find anywhere else.

Wait, it gets better 

I’m no fool: A 150+ pages guide is hard to chew. Hence I also prepared a workbook with 35+ core checklists to help you track your progress.

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