This week on #GrantChat we have Johna Rodgers, GPC as our guest to discuss consulting woes for grant pros.
Johna Rodgers, GPC, is a longtime grant pro; #gpa volunteer and former board member; and all-around cheerleader for the work we do every day. Over her 25+ years in grants and nonprofits, she has developed proposals that brought in more than $134 million for the constituencies of her employers and partners. In 2015, Johna gave up a regular paycheck to become a consultant–a very steady, regular paycheck that came even when she didn’t feel like working or thought a particular project or partnership might not be the best option!! Today, she has a dozen steady clients and worries about cashflow are (relatively) nonexistent. She still says a prayer every time she hits “submit,” but today, she’s as likely to do that in her pjs or from her Kentucky porch. Her newfound flexibility is also helping her squeeze in a few more books and a bit more time for grandbabies.
Q1: What is/was your biggest initial concern to start consulting? #grantchat
Q2: How do you build a client base? #grantchat
Q3: What specific strategies do you have to ensure cash flow? #grantchat
Q4: What is subcontract work? How is it different from consulting work? #grantchat
Q5: For those who have been consulting a while, what are your biggest concerns now? #grantchat
Q6: How often do you find yourself with a less-than-knowledgeable potential client? #grantchat
Q7: Do you miss the regular paycheck? #grantchat
Q8: How do you sell yourself? Do you intentionally market yourself? #grantchat
Q9: What are some of the challenges of being a consultant? #grantchat
Q10: If you are a consultant, would you do it again? If you are an employee, do you think consulting is in your future? #grantchat
Guests: Johna Rodgers, GPC @JohnaRodgersGPC