Career Development Panel: Consulting & Freelancing - Making the Leap
Alison McNeil, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, McNeil Creative Enterprises
Carlyn Madden, Principal, Carlyn Madden Consulting Services
Edith Graves, Director of Communications, Anthony Wilder Design/Build and Studio E Partners
Marsha Semmel, Principal, Marsha Semmel Consulting, formerly Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services
Our Conversation: Highlights
"My team, including lawyers and accountants, help me stay accountable so I can focus on the work I love." - Alison McNeil
Useful external resources for freelancers: SCORE, How I Built This, Xero, non-arts consulting friends for objective opinions, financial planners and accountants, creating a board of directors out of trusted advisors from multiple sectors
Q: What is the reality of crossing into freelance?
Carlyn: The importance of setting up a business around core values, which allows you to keep those you manage accountable
Alison: A good freelancer must understand the intentions of their clients.
Edith: The freelancer has to be the decision maker.
Marsha: The need to be proactive, not reactive.