If you are now a solo IT consultant, or are considering becoming one, you probably have run into these pitfalls (or soon will):
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â€¢ Can't afford the time and money to do marketing right.
â€¢ Can't keep up with the bookkeeping and administration.
â€¢ Feast or famine: 5 days of no work, then 5 clients want it today.
â€¢ No way to take time off, spend time with family, or even be sick.
â€¢ The 1-person firm sales show-stopper: "So how many people are there in your firm?"
We are a small 35-year-old North San Francisco Bay Area IT consulting firm with just the right balance of consultant independence (which is what attracted us to the business in the first place) and the support and coordination that makes it all work.
Our business model gives IT professionals the freedom and support they need to do what they do best...provide top-quality technology services to clients...knowing that accounting, administration, sales, marketing, workload balancing, test and development systems, and technical coordination and collaboration are in place and taken care of by established, remotely accessible systems.
There is flexibility in much of our work scheduling and other arrangements and we work hard to maintain collaborative, friendly, and enjoyable work relationships and practices. However, the successful candidate must meet all of the following requirements. These requirements are real; please review them carefully and take all of them literally:
1. Be extremely detail oriented, thorough, accurate, and systematic; far more so than is typical.
2. Be extraordinarily reliable, responsible, diligent, and honest.
3. Be emotionally mature, secure, and non-defensively open to continuous learning from others.
4. Be willing and able to act independently, follow procedures, receive and/or ask for guidance, and have the good judgment to know when each is appropriate.
5. Live in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. While most of our work is done via remote access from home, some travel to clients and occasional face-to-face staff meetings are required, primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area (sometimes in the North Bay.
6. Be set up to work efficiently from home and at clients' sites (with a laptop) and have reliable transportation.
7. Have at least one or two years of experience providing a broad scope of general IT consulting services to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
8. Be willing and able to work as a part-time, 1099 independent contractor for us at least for a 3- to 6-month period of orientation and mutual evaluation--for us to get to know each other, for you to learn our technical and administrative systems and policies, and for us to learn what kind of consulting opportunities fit you best. We do have work for our existing clients that can be assigned to a new consultant. However, during the evaluation period a substantial amount of your required income would need to come from your existing clients (which you could continue to work for separately from our firm) or from another source. After the mutual trial period, full- or part-time work would be available options.
9. Be willing to join our firm as a partner, if the evaluation period is mutually positive. We are not looking to bring on a consultant who would prefer to build his or her independent practice and use this opportunity to supplement their income and experience, while working toward that goal. We are looking for future colleagues, who will fairly quickly become partners in our LLC and from then on do all IT work as a partner of the firm, looking forward to making it their career home and building our jointly-owned company for years into the future.
Applicants should be experienced IT consultants who have demonstrated competence through successful experience as IT consultants, network engineers, and support technicians.
Applicants must have strong expertise in at least three of the following four primary technical areas. Again, these requirements are critical; please review them carefully and take all of them literally:
A. Windows-based servers, workstations, and networks, including OS installation and maintenance, Active Directory, Group Policies, Remote Desktop, security, RAID, NAS, and other storage and backup systems.
B. Network infrastructure and security, including routers, firewalls, switches, network monitoring, TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, VPNs, and other LAN and WAN technologies.
C. Office productivity software installation, configuration, and support, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, databases, etc..
D. Internet/cloud-based platforms (e.g. AWS, Azure, colo.) and applications (e.g. Office 365, G Suite, Dropbox).
Expertise in some of the following secondary technical areas would be highly desirable: virtualization (e.g. VMware); CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and ticketing systems; Voice over IP and QOS. The following skills would also be desirable, although far from essential: Linux; QuickBooks and other accounting systems; Exchange Server; web site design and development with HTML and CSS code; shopping cart software; PHP and SQL coding for database-driven web sites. Also, while not all IT consultants are strong at sales and marketing (or need to be), we're always on the lookout for the rare person who enjoys and is good at both technical work as well as sales and marketing. Please let us know where you shine.
Generally, the application process consists of the following steps:
i. Submit a resume and cover letter.
ii. Qualified applicants will be asked to complete and return a job application.
iii. Attend a group informational session in Santa Rosa (for most applicants).
iv. Participate in one or more telephone interviews.
v. Complete a written test to identify your strengths.
vi. Participate in one or more face-to-face interviews.
vii. Check references of finalist(s).
For more information or to apply, please reply to this announcement. To apply, we really do need all of the following: your resume, a cover letter/email responding to the specifics of this announcement, your contact information (including email address), city in which you reside, and citizenship/residency status.
If this may be a good fit for you, we look forward to hearing from you and to exploring what we would hope to be a mutually enjoyable and rewarding future working together.