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Easing Into Consulting; Consulting on The Side & Other Approaches

  • Friday, September 20th, 2019 at 10:30 AM EDT (14:30:00 UTC)
  • Ted Demopoulos
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Overview

Many people want to consultant so they can choose their work, have more freedom, and have more opportunities to make great money. Yet many never start or start late.

My friend Calvin started consulting 30 years after he planned to; in his retirement. He wishes he had started earlier. I know many others who have been planning, perhaps wishing or dreaming are better descriptions, to start for years without any progress on achieving their wishes and dreams!

Infosec consulting is a 16 billion dollar industry and growing & there are lots of opportunities.

You do NOT need to dive in by immediately quitting your job; there are other approaches. There are simple concrete things you can do to create great opportunities in consulting and to be ready when they happen while fully employed! You can take significant baby steps.

One approach is to make yourself look like the great and hirable person you are to potential clients and look for a large consulting gig before you jump.

Another approach is to consult on the side in addition to your regular job. This can be straightforward or complex, and in a surprising number of jobs it is not only possible, but sometimes your employer may actually encourage it. Other times your employer may be more restrictive yet there are often still plenty of opportunities.

In this Webcast we will look at options for moving into consulting while minimizing the risk of immediately jumping in. Plenty of case studies of people like you who have been there and are consulting today are included!

Speaker Bio

Ted Demopoulos

Ted Demopoulos' first significant exposure to computers was in 1977 when he had unlimited access to his high school's PDP-11 and hacked at it incessantly. He consequently almost flunked out but learned he liked playing with computers a lot. His business pursuits began in college and have been continuous ever since. His background includes over 25 years of experience in information security and business, including 20+ years as an independent consultant. Ted helped start a successful information security company, was the CTO at a "textbook failure" of a software startup, and has advised several other businesses. Ted is a frequent speaker at conferences and other events, quoted often by the press. He also has written two books on Social Media, has an ongoing software concern in Austin, Texas in the virtualization space, and is the recipient of a Department of Defense Award of Excellence. In his spare time, he is also a food and wine geek, enjoys flyfishing, and playing with his children.

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