12 Key Differences Between Coaching and Consulting I Didn’t Expect

The past 20 years have uncovered a myriad of professions or titles that are loosely defined, or not immediately related to a clear connotation. A great example of this is depicted by one of my most popular posts which is about non-programmers called "developers" and the different technical titles. It made it to HackerNews years ago, and still shuffles around Twitter feeds I get looped into (including this morning). The difference between coaching and consulting has caused confusion among those who want to offer business coaching and consulting services. No matter if you’re a client looking for consulting or coaching… Continue Reading

18 Ways to Receive Maximum Value From Consulting and Mentoring Sessions

There are so many different situations where you may have a chance to receive valuable information from top consultants and mentors all over the world. This may be your usual consultant that you hired on retainer, a speaker that you met at a conference or a mentor you applied to over the internet. In all cases, what I've gathered over time is that lots of people are not prepared to receive the right piece of advice all the time, not ready to execute on it, or generally not maximizing the value they get from certain sessions.  This is why after… Continue Reading

11 Questions to Ask a Business Consultant

There are several reasons why large corporations, small businesses, or even a solopreneur would hire a business consultant.  Hiring a business consultant can be very expensive, but highly rewarding. Consultants provide invaluable services that include the following:  Providing expert advisory, mentoring and assistance in a specific marketAssessing risks and identifying problemsProviding leadership or support to existing staffPlanning on new initiativesProviding objectivity in decision-makingTraining employeesRefining the organizational modelDeveloping a feasible business planNetworking with potential clients and influencers It’s easy to find a business consultant. There are more than 600,000 management consultants in the United States alone. Here are some of the… Continue Reading

12 Types of Small Business Advisors

Management consulting is a $250 billion industry and growing businesses employ a diverse number of advisors for their business ventures. Running a business solo (or even with a co-founder) is not an easy feat. Executives and senior managers cannot realistically excel in every aspect of scaling a business. Small business advisors work with multiple clients at a time by supporting the business goals, providing industry insights, and tapping into their own expertise in running (or coaching) other companies over the years. If you're looking to solve some of the most common business challenges, I've prepared a list with the most… Continue Reading

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring a Consultant for Business Growth

Consultants “can” be instrumental to a business. But since consultancy is broadly irregulated, everyone can update their LinkedIn headline and start a consulting career out of nowhere. There are lots of people who try to offer consulting without really knowing what they consult on. Navigating through the consulting landscape is extremely challenging without a reliable reference or enough budget for a top industry peer and hiring a random person on the Internet to help your business is just as reliable as hiring a freelancer or finding a plumber through Yellow Pages. The Importance of Business Consulting Business consulting is so… Continue Reading

Mentorship – Invaluable Advice From Competitors

"Mentorship" is a vague term. Great mentors are successful industry leaders who are your indirect competitors (or at least a few years ahead of time). Someone may pick their own mentor when they are a public figure and consume every bit of information they produce. Virtual Mentors On mentorship by Neil Patel, source https://www.quicksprout.com/the-complete-guide-to-building-your-personal-brand-chapter-6/ I have a few of those mentors on my list. I follow their blogs, read their interviews, listen to podcasts they join as guests, follow them on social media and so on. Some of them had publicly stated that they don’t have time for one-on-one coaching… Continue Reading

Clarity Calls – The Ultimate Consulting Solution

I value my time a lot, and I would rarely spend it on boring stuff. I don't browse YouTube at all, nor do I watch animated gifs all over the Internet, since I'm quite passionate about the WordPress community and building successful businesses. I found Matt and Chris on Clarity through their social media accounts and blogs, and I find the service to be incredible. I joined Matt's mentoring program last year, I do consulting through this blog and DevriX, and I teach classes on different subjects, so coaching is a specialty I'm passionate about. One of the people behind… Continue Reading

The “Work For Myself” Myth

There is a common myth that working as a freelancer, consultant or a company owner means "working for myself". In my opinion that's often a wrong perspective for people who are tired of working the wrong jobs for the wrong managers, trying to find an escape from this by running their own business and finding the holy grail. Let's revise several work scenarios in the WordPress development world. Junior developer - managed by the other devs in the team, fully dependent on everyone else Senior developer - with a team leader or a software architect laying out the foundations of the project,… Continue Reading