Inside COMATCH

The DNA of the Independent Consultant

  • Sample HubSpot User
  • February 09, 2021

For the second time since 2017, we have asked independent consultants and industry experts in our network why they transitioned into self-employment. The international trend towards independent consulting has become firmly established for good reason. Our survey results clearly show that highly qualified consultants are choosing to become self-employed to pursue greater personal freedom and to have more control over their work-life. We also discovered that most independent consultants are successful in achieving these goals.

When the Coronavirus pandemic struck and led to nationwide lockdowns, we set up a second questionnaire to better understand whether consultants’ perceptions of their situation had changed. For now, it seems that the highly qualified self-employed consultants are remarkably crisis-resilient, and still highly content with their careers. Despite the fact that most consultants are dealing with economic uncertainty, they prefer being independent to working for an organization. This is because they seek flexibility and autonomy. Consequently, most are open to change and keen to advise companies on how to adapt to the crisis.

With almost 1000 respondents for each of the two questionnaires, representing 55 different countries, our study is the largest and most comprehensive study of the professional situation of top-tier independent consultants worldwide. We looked closely at Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the United States and found that although the motivations for self-employment are largely the same in all countries, there are some differences. The level of legal uncertainty for the self-employed also varies markedly between the countries we examined in detail. I hope you enjoy the insight we gathered into the working life of independent consultants around the globe and I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on our study.

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