Consulting tips

Being A “Safe Pair Of Hands

This essentially means that you will do exactly what you said you were going to do, when you said you were going to do it. Sounds simple, but it’s the number one quality needed to build trust and credibility among your team and your clients. For example, in the beginning of your career, your team will lean on you for support in the more rote areas of consulting work, such as creating PowerPoint decks, taking notes, and organizing projects, and it’s important for you to be able to do these tasks without errors or much oversight from your manager. Make sure you keep your promises, be consistent in your quality, and master the basic skills in Excel and PowerPoint. The more trust you build early on, the more opportunities you will be given in the future. RELATED: 5 Unconventional Habits That'll Make You Successful

Be Transparent With Your Clients

Honesty is the best policy and this 100% applies when you’re managing a job while running a consulting business. Your clients should have a clear picture of what to expect in terms of your commitment, your day job, and the hours that you’re available to receive calls and attend meetings. Setting real expectations not only ensures that you’re all on the same page, but it reduces stress on both you and the client, it keeps the relationship honest and transparent and doesn’t spook your boss because you’re not answering personal calls during business hours.

Hack Your Productivity with Apps & Tools

Increase your productivity with apps that simplify everything you do, from content management to your daily commute. There are many apps that, when used to their potential, can make your life so much easier. Working for yourself while also working for others can be overwhelming at times. It can be confusing, tough and exhausting. Arm yourself with tools that position you for success and help you achieve results.

Use Your Lunch Break for Client Calls

As much as we try to push the limits and search for more hours in the day, the reality is there are only 24 hours to go around. At least 8 of them are already earmarked for your 9 to 5 job. Your consulting business, unfortunately, gets whatever is left over. It’s up to you to find creative ways to use the remaining hours in your day in the best possible way. Consulting would be so much easier if everything we did was over the web. But in reality, you can’t manage a client relationship through email exclusively. At some point, you have to pick up the phone and talk to them or meet with them face-to-face. Finding time to this during normal business hours is a struggle we all face. Fortunately, we get an hour for lunch every day. That’s one whole productive daylight hour that can be attributed to your consulting business and used for managing client relations, following up on project milestones, face-to-face meetings, and new client pitches. No matter what you need to talk about, your lunch hour is the perfect time to pick up the phone and make a call.

Say “No” More than You Say “Yes

I’ll be the first to admit, saying “no” is hard. But I also believe that saying “yes” too often can leave you over-committed and ineffective. Saying “no” can make us feel weak, guilty and contradictory to achieving success. But those who say “no” more than they say “yes” are better able to focus on the important projects and client relationships that they’ve selected. They have more energy and produce better work. Their client relationships are generally stronger and their work-work-life balance is more easily managed. FOMO (fear of missing out) is a powerful driver, but if you’re not careful it can get you get you into muddy waters. Whether drinks with friends or taking on projects that you’re not 100% sure will be worth your time or the client’s time, saying “yes” for the sake of FOMO is a dumb decision. Lots of opportunities come up every week, but choosing the right ones is more important that choosing each one. Saying “no” more empowers you to make each decision count.

Drag and Drop Content Across Apps

You really need to use this trick in person to check its awesomeness. On your iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro, long-press any image/video/file from one app, open another app, and drop it there. Keep the content pinned using one hand and open another app using another finger and drop the content. It works seamlessly across Apple apps. For example, you can select a photo from the Photos app and use the drag and drop method to attach it to an iMessage conversation.

Use iCloud Private Relay

A new iOS 15 feature, iCloud Private Relay hides your IP address and Safari browsing activity from network providers and websites so that no one — including Apple can see who you are or what sites you are visiting. It shields your web traffic from prying eyes and spammers. Private Relay hides data from both the ISP and advertisers that aim to build your online profile. iCloud Private Relay is only available for paid iCloud users. You can enable the toggle from the Settings > iCloud > Private Relay menu.

Check Image EXIF Data

Apart from the improved image quality, Apple now also lets you view the EXIF details of photos right on your iPhone. You can open any image in the Photos app and tap on the info ‘i’ button to view photo size, maps, photo date, time, resolution, and more.

Night Mode for All Cameras

With the iPhone 13 series, Apple is bringing Night mode support to all camera sensors. This means you can now take Night mode shots using the telephoto as well as the ultra-wide camera in low-light scenarios.

FaceTime Eye Contact

You can complement FaceTime HD on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro with Eye Contact. Once enabled, the feature will make it seem as if you are looking directly at the person on the other end of the call instead of at the camera. To enable it, go to Settings > FaceTime and turn on the switch next to Eye Contact.