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THE COMPUTER CONSULTANT'S GUIDE If you're serious about striking out on your own as a computer consultant

THE COMPUTER CONSULTANT'S GUIDE If you're serious about striking out on your own as a computer consultant. If you’re serious about becoming a computer consultant, or even if you’re just thinking about it, this book gives you a clear picture of what you’re up against, prepares you to meet the challenges of launching your business, and helps you avoid the common errors that most fledgling consultants make. No, you don’t need a pep talk.

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BlackBerry BlackBerry
This book is excellent for new or prospective computer consultants. Ignore a lot of the negatives in an early chapter -- unless you haven't thought of any of them yourself. Nearly worth its weight in gold. Not that it is the best book you'll ever read but that it will save / make you that much money from reading it.
Lo◘Ve Lo◘Ve
I found this book very helpful in dealing with such things as dealing with brokers, marketing efforts, written v. oral contracts -- as well as warning about typical problems. Having extensive quotes from real consultants was also very helpful. I recommend it highly.
Nikobar Nikobar
This was a complete waste of money and time. I think I'll find out how to get my money back.
Simple fellow Simple fellow
This book certainly has its pluses and minuses. The fact that it was published in 1997 makes it somewhat obsolete in some critical areas. None the less there is some solid advice given by the author.
The first chapter defiens the many types of consultants fairly well. However, it does fail to mention much about the Networking Engineer, whcih is a critical part of today's busienss environment. The Meet The Consultants section is fairly user friendly. Earning potential is key but again you must interpret this in terms of 1997 dollars which is more inflated now.
Also critical discussions regarding health insurance and marketing are explored here. Some good advice is given here at the beginning. A little bit overdone in other spots as a person exploring the industry will become overwhelmed. So many of these aspects are situational. The brokering part is presented in such a dry format that its hard to read after 30-40 pages.
The glossary might be of help for those who want to explore more information. However, a new version is definitely in order to bring this book current.
Weiehan Weiehan
This book has some excellent information, but it also has whole chunks that are completely out of date and were probably out of date when the 1997 second editions was pubished.

To begin with the kind of "computer consultant" that the book is primarily focused on is the contract mainframe programmer. Even in 1997 that was not the dominant form of consulting, as she suggests it is. Also take into account that one of her favorite resources to recommend is CompuServe. For those of you under 35, that was the thing that AOL put out of business by being easier to use (though not better.)

In fact most of the information in the book is gathered from CompuServe and it's members. Ruhl actually bemoans this new upstart "the internet" because it isn't as good as the bulletin boards people are used to, since it's all static pages, after all.

Not that there aren't great pieces of information in here. It would just be nice to do a soft cover third edition that's about a third less pages. Just include the "timeless" stuff about dealing with clients and not the stuff about how you could earn as much as $35K as a consultant.

I enjoyed the book, and it's extremely well written, but the fact that it's so out of date and sold only in a $20 hard cover edition left a bad taste in my mouth.
Dianantrius Dianantrius
This book provides a thorough overview of the computer consulting industry and a good sense of the day-to-day business tasks associated with maintaining a consulting career.
If you are an absolute rookie in the computer field and have little idea of the consulting options available to you, your perspective may widen a bit and you might find yourself having more questions than you did before you started reading this book, which is a good thing. So, you will probably want to supplement your research a bit more once you have narrowed down your consulting career choices.
But, if you are already in the computer field, this book has about all the information you will need to base a career-changing decision on. There are plenty of resources listed to help further your knowledge on the consulting field. If you have the time, you might want to take a look at the author's subsequent book, "Janet Ruhl's Answers for Computer Contractors", which can be a very good supplement to this book.
~ Michael Nigohosian, author - "The Secret Path to Contract Programming Riches"
Gorisar Gorisar
I purchased this book in 1996 and it has withstood the test of time. A good reference on how to start your business and keep it going. I find that I turn to this book even now when I want a reminder on how to do something (like bid proposals) or something new (like growing my business beyond just me). Ruhl has compiled real world experience from many consultants (mostly on-line) and placed that information in a useful order (with a decent index). Well worth the purchase price, get it for your library!
I've received a couple of emails that cause me to want to clarify my original review. I did not intend to mimimize the value of Ruhl's information. Just to note that a lot of it is now common knowledge, gained by many of us over time through experience. Which the author freely acknowledges, noting things like newgroups, etc. where the topics are discussed daily. Were I just starting out, I would rate this book far higher. I would also note, that even having discussed many of the topics much, with peers, I still bought both this one and the workbook. I also run NT, LINUX, win95, os/2, tcp/ip, etc. on my home basement network/lab (and I have a SMALL basement), own many more software CDs than audio, allocate a portion of my fees, ALWAYS, to skills upgrade (which the author also discusses), and was initially surprised when the back of the workbook didn't have a CD or diskette with the examples on it (it's in ENGLISH, not Pascal or C/C++; it took awhile to deal with that). If you do the same, you will probably feel the same about the books. But then you will also probably buy the books, monitor the newgroups, talk with your peers, etc...