Consulting Start-Up and Management


Barrington ConsultingStart-Up coverLooking to start up your own research and evaluation consultancy?

For almost 20 years, Gail Vallance Barrington has run popular workshops to help professional researchers determine if they have what it takes to succeed as consultants. This book makes that helpful guidance, and more, available to a wider audience.

This is a must-read for all consultants who are considering going out on their own or for those who want to fine-tune their current business practice.

This book is well-written, well-researched, and easy to read. Find out how to get started, set fees, find work, and manage time and money. Explore ways to set up ownership structure and business systems, manage contracts, and work with sub-contractors and staff. With Barrington at your side to provide advice and encouragement, independent practitioners have the roadmap to success.

 New Review by Dawn Hanson Smart: American Journal of Evaluation 2013 34(1) 132-134

... Consulting Start-up and Management, while basic in the information it imparts, is a treasure, covering the many aspects of consult that should be explored by anyone who is contemplating the leap....this is a thoughtful book that discusses the topics that readers entering consulting need to think about, pointing them in the right directions to investigate essential subjects in greater depth.

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Also recently featured in Harvey Schachter’s Monday Morning Manager column in The Globe and Mail.

Key Features

  • Provides a synthesis of management consulting literature, evaluation & applied research processes, and entrepreneurial & small business skills.
  • Offers an experienced practitioner’s perspective on the characteristics required for success; helps would-be consultants assess their personal readiness for this exciting & challenging career.
  • Includes valuable samples and worksheets along with insider tips, survival skills, trade secrets, and personal anecdotes from Barrington’s 25 years in the field.

This text is a key resource for students enrolled in program evaluation, applied research, and consulting management courses as well as those in professional certification programs. It is also an invaluable reference for all those independent consultants who have already taken the plunge.

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