The author of the From Crew to Captain series, David Mellor, shares lists from 10 key areas of establishing a consultancy practice:
‘The purpose of this little book is to help people understand the work they will need to do in order to set up as a sole practitioner or similar. I have made this journey myself, and helped many other people do the same over almost 20 years.
I have selected 10 key areas of establishing a consultancy practice, and given you 10 areas to consider if you are going to move forward with confidence and “eyes wide open”.
I hope that the lists will help to inform your reflection, planning and resultant activity.’
Since 2001, David has developed a portfolio of activities which derive principally from 25 years’ experience in commercial and investment banking with HSBC and Deutsche Bank. His consultancy activities embrace strategic planning and implementation, and mentoring existing and aspiring entrepreneurs. He is a recognised expert in his field, regularly speaking at conferences and running seminars and workshops. He provides one-on-one and group mentoring to aspiring entrepreneurs, many of whom are aiming to establish themselves as consultants.
He published From Crew to Captain in 2010, written for people making the transition from working for big institutions to working for themselves. He has followed that up by launching From Crew to Captain: A Privateer’s Tale in 2014, which is written for people establishing consultancy practices.
The third book in the trilogy, From Crew to Captain: Commander of the Fleet, was released in November 2015 and addresses the “growing pains” issues faced by successful start-ups. He is also co-author of FT Publishing’s Inspirational Gamechangers which launched in 2015.
He is an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Finance at Cass Business School, where he has run workshops on managing strategic change, entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, leadership, building high performance teams and sales. In addition, he has acted as course director and provided facilitation and mentoring support to participants in small groups and on a one-to-one basis.
David is a Freeman of the Guild of Entrepreneurs. He holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge, and is a Certified PRISM Brain Mapping Practitioner.
As well as the original From Crew to Captain series, David is also the author of From Crew to Captain: A List of Lists (Book 1) and From Crew to Captain: A List of Lists (Book 3) and Changing Tack: Making the transition from working full-time to semi-retirement,