If you're a member of ExecuNet, you'll see a free article (PDF) titled, "When to Consider Consulting Instead of Full-Time Employment." It's a short, 4-page article that sums up some of the main points you need to seriously consider before you venture into a consulting career.
Questions for the Consulting Roundtable:
- Is this problem occurring in other cities and other industries (besides government)?
- Why do employers apparently prefer to hire full-time, given the risks of bringing aboard an unproven employee?
- What, if anything, should consultants do differently in this economy to find projects?