Consulting tip: three options and a recommendation
When you become a 1099, it's important to change your mindset from that of an employee who waits to be told what to do, to a "consultant" who can help customers think through and solve problems.
One consulting technique you can use that will impress your client is the "three options and a recommendation" e-mail template.
If your client is trying to achieve some goal or gave you some task to do and there are multiple ways you can achieve it (with different costs and benefits), shoot them an e-mail using the following template.
Sending an e-mail like this
- Shows you are a thoughtful and analytical person
- Empowers the client to choose without having to think too hard
- Makes it more likely that the client chooses the option you prefer
Even if you haven't gone 1099 yet, you can try this technique at your current job. Your current boss or client will be impressed!