2017 Consultant Survey On The Clever Consultant, we focus on helping readers learn how to build and grow successful consulting practices. Our goal is to keep creating content that meets your specific, evolving needs. But to know more about what matters to you, we need your input! If you are open to it, please answer this brief survey. It should only take a couple of minutes as it's only four questions 😃 Step 1 of 4 25% 1. Which of the following best describes you?*I own a consulting business. It's just me.I own a consulting business. I have partners, employees and/or associates.I am a consultant employed full time with a firmI am an employee of a consulting or professional services firm working in sales, marketing, HR or financeI am just getting into the consulting business 2. Which of these are challenges for you in building your consulting business?* Deciding whether to be a generalist or focus on a niche Articulating my value proposition Understanding how the consulting business works Determining which services I should sell Getting my website up and running Building my network Creating web and marketing content for my business Finding customers 2. Which of these are challenges are most pressing for you right now?* We need to close more deals Our clients just haven't seen or understand all of the value we can bring them We want to create and monetize our intellectual property (IP) Our website and collateral don't generate enough leads We can't scale the firm in its current state Our delivery costs are eating our margin We are losing too many deals to competitors 2. Which of these are career priorities for you right now?* Advancing towards a promotion or leadership role Mastering consulting tools and frameworks (e.g., strategy, decision making, gap analysis, etc.) Improving my sales skills Self-mastery - taking control of my life, feelings and well-being Becoming an expert in my consulting domain Learning problem-solving techniques and creative exercises to generate new ideas Improving my time management and productivity Sharpening my communication skills Finding a way to go into business for myself Discovering news ways to learn more effectively and improve my marketability 3. What's your primary niche/market?*(e.g. Organizational design for Fortune 500, IT strategy, social media marketing for financial services, HR for SMB, etc.) Lastly, if you'd be open to chatting for a few minutes to help us learn more about the specifics of your challenges and offer actionable suggestions, please leave your name, email and more details below. Just to be clear - this is complimentary and we promise not to try to sell you anything. These conversations really help us shape our content and connect with our readers to best support you. Otherwise, leave everything blank, click the submit button and you are all done! Name First Last Email: Phone:When it comes to growing your consulting business, what is your single biggest challenge or frustration?Please be as detailed and specific as possible. (Please go beyond saying "better projects" or "more clients"). The more specific and detailed you are, the more likely we'll be able to cover your topic. e.g. I'm worried that most of our work is with one or two big clients, and want to know how to derisk the business by generating more leads for net new clients... When it comes to growing your consulting career, what is your single biggest challenge or frustration?Please be as detailed and specific as possible. (Please go beyond saying "better projects" or "more clients"). The more specific and detailed you are, the more likely we'll be able to cover your topic. e.g. I'm worried that most of my time is spent on the same type of work and I want to work on higher-value initiatives to build my skill set... CommentsThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.