Corporate to consulting – why I love it w/ Joe Houghton

Joe Houghton - Corporate to Consulting
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From Corporate to consulting sounds great. Is that something that you’d still like to do? Are you earning income as a consultant, facilitator or trainer or thinking about it?

Thousands of people are thinking of how they can develop income streams from productizing their expertise.

They’ve spent years, sometimes decades in corporate roles and now want to capitalize on their knowledge through training and developing people. 

That’s what today’s guest had in mind when he left a senior leadership role at GE to acquire an Executive MBA and 2 postgrad diplomas in teaching & learning.

Joe Houghton is Director and co-developer of the UCD Smurfit Business School Masters in Project Management. He is a trainer, coach and these days a busy consultant!

Check out Joe’s story about how he went from corporate to consulting.

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“When I introduce myself to my students, I tell that I am a business man who trains and teaches…”

Joe Houghton – From corporate to consulting

Corporate to Consulting

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It’s a rocky road to start

Some people relish independence and the prospect of making their own rules. You no longer have to report to someone. And you no longer have to work to someone else’s rulebook.

That sounds great. But working for yourself is not all plain sailing in the early years.

In fact, it can be more of a challenge that the old 9-5 you used to do.

When you work for someone else, they do all the work behind the scenes. You usually just have to do the job you are paid to do.

Multiple jobs to be done

When you go out on your own, you end up doing multiple jobs. Many of these jobs are ones you are not paid to do.

You have to do them until you can afford to outsource them or hire someone to do them full-time. Bit of a shock, right?

You are now responsible for marketing, business development, accounting, sales, operations, client account management. The list goes on and on.

If you can get a handle on the skills behind these roles, you might just learn to love it as Joe does!

Needing a challenge

“I was conscious that in the corporate world, I was doing well. I was a senior manager and I was making money but I wasn’t actually very satisfied...”

“I needed to change and I needed a challenge...”

“I had been responsible for a lot of training initiatives in my role in my job. But training and teaching were things that I didn’t really know...”

When I introduce myself to my students, I tell that I am a business man who trains and teaches. I explain that I went from corporate to consultant and never looked back.

LISTEN BACK TO PETE STARR SHARE HOW HE JUGGLED FAMILY LIFE AND BUSINESS LIFE BEFORE DECIDING TO START HIS TRAINING CONSULTANCY

What I try and do know is to work on stuff that interests me...”

My portfolio career as a trainer and professor now allows me to take the dog for a walk and tuck the kids into bed at night...”

With all my interests, no day is the same. I went from corporate to consulting and I think that this is the life I was looking for…!  

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Take-aways you don’t want to miss

  • Why Joe left the corporate world to be a trainer
  • How Joe got his first consulting clients
  • Why he dedicates time to pro-bono work
  • How having a blend of client work creates stability for Joe
  • How university work has generated leads

Some links for you

Joe Houghton – Joe’s consulting home page
UCD Professor -Profile at Smurfit Business School
Joe LinkedIn Joe’s professional profile

LISTEN BACK TO CEO SOPHIE THOMPSON SHARE THE STORY OF HOW SHE IS SELLING VIRTUAL TRAINING TO CORPORATES

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