As an independent consultant, I’m often faced with the dilemma of whether to pursue new projects or work that comes my way. I recently had a discussion with one of my mentors about this.
He gave me 6 criteria for new projects to consider, which I think can apply to many projects or work that many consultants — independent or not — are pursuing.
- Integrity. Are these good people? Do you respect and like them? Do they respect and like you?
- Growth. Is there an opportunity to learn something new? Even experts can learn new things.
- Relationship. What’s the potential for a long-term relationship? Once this project ends, will there be more work?
- Synergy. Does the project/work fit with the other projects/work you’re doing? Is it in your wheelhouse?
- Efficient. If there are travel requirements, are they reasonable? Can you get there and back without too much trouble?
- Excitement. Does the project/work seem exciting to you? Will it in three months?
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