Question Preview: Grant Consulting 101: Contracts and Collaborations

Have you been considering starting a grant consulting business? Thinking about testing out the waters as a freelance grant writer in addition to being a full-time or part-time employed grant professional? It can seem overwhelming, there is NO doubt. We have been hosting for #grantchat for nearly two years and haven’t yet tackled the topic of grant consulting in depth. We have talked about some of the differences that we experience related to best practices, grant teams, funder relationships, and social media for consultants versus employees, but what about the basics of getting your consulting practice started?

The theme for March for SmartEGrants is Grant Consulting 101 which means, you guessed it! As a program of SmartEGrants, #grantchat is following suit with the theme and will be talking about Grant Consulting 101 topics as well. What are the rest of our topics for March you ask?

March 17: Contracts and Collaborations

March 24: Client Management

We are hoping that those fellow experienced consultants will freely share their knowledge and lessons learned during this series with those that have recently started or are considering starting a grant consulting business.

Here are our questions for the second week of this theme, Contracts and Collaborations:

Q1: What questions do you have about being a subcontractor or having subcontractors for your grant consulting business? #grantchat

Q2: What have you found to be barriers in bringing on subcontractors or to becoming a subcontractor? #grantchat

Q3: What do you think are the advantages of being a subcontractor? Disadvantages? #grantchat

Q4:  What do you think are the advantages of *having* a subcontractor? Disadvantages? #grantchat

Q5:  What questions do you have about working collaboratively with other consultants in your grant consulting business? #grantchat

Q6: For experienced consultants, what type of collaborations have you successfully used in your grant consulting business?  #grantchat

Q7: What do you think are the advantages of setting up collaborations? Disadvantages? #grantchat

Q8: What concerns do you have about your client contract documents if any? Or did you have when starting? #grantchat

Q9: What have you done to strengthen your client contract documents because of experiences since starting your business? #grantchat

Q10: Experienced consultants, what is the key piece of advice you would give new consultants about contracts and collaborations? #grantchat

Are you as excited for this topic as we are? Do you *know* that this is a not to be missed event on your calendar? We want to encourage those of you that ARE considering being a grant consultant or are new to the business to take your professional development a step further, and look at the webinars that SmartEGrants is hosting each Thursday in March on these topics. We are going to dig into each, share best practices, and share tools (both free and inexpensive) in order to help you have the grant consulting business you dream of. You can see the full schedule and register for one or all of the sessions here (they are only $25 each and include the slides and recording!).

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