IEEE-USA provides a variety of services and resources for members exploring or engaged in the practice of consulting, under the oversight of the IEEE-USA’s Alliance of IEEE Consultants’ Networks Coordinating Committee (AICNCC).
- IEEE-USA supports the IEEE Consultants Network with quarterly newsletters and access to an annual consultants webinar series. Network members can also take advantage of the IEEE Consultants Exchange in IEEE Collabratec.
- IEEE-USA assists with the start-up of local IEEE Consultant Networks and encourages member-consultants to take advantage of these networking and educational opportunities they provide.
- IEEE Consultants can advertise their services in the IEEE-USA Consultant Finder.
- IEEE-USA also arranges occasional workshops and offers webinars and ebooks on consulting-related topics, as well as specialized resources such as the annual Consultants Fee Survey.
Consulting News & Resources
Guide to Starting a Local Consultants Network
This guide, developed by the AICNCC, is designed to help IEEE members who are independent consultants launch a new consultants network, if none currently exists in their respective areas.
Sample Consulting Agreement (PDF)
A sample agreement developed by IEEE-USA's AICNCC for educational purposes. It is meant to provide the technical consultant with an outline of the important issues relating to the business relationship between a client and a technical consultant.
IEEE-USA Consultants Fee Survey Report - 2017 Edition
IEEE-USA has conducted surveys of the compensation of IEEE's U.S. members since 1972. Separate surveys focusing on the compensation of consultants were implemented in 1998. Except for the years 1999-2001, 2003, 2005 and 2008, IEEE-USA has published this report. With the exception of 2009, all surveys were stand-alone surveys. All findings in this report represent only those who were identified as self-employed consultants; defined as the 467 individuals who indicated that 50% or more of their consulting hours came from working independently, with partners, or incorporated. Purchase this eBook today!
The AICN Newsletter is a new publication that provides timely news to consultants and would be consultants on how to start or improve your consulting practice. It contains stories written by IEEE members about the world of engineering consulting, highlighting trends in the engineering field and interviews with company executives about what they look for in a consultant.
Archived Webinars: Consulting 101 & 102
Gary Blank, former chair Alliance of IEEE Consultants' Networks Coordinating Committee (AICNCC) in two webinars provided great basic information for consultants and would be consultants. In "Consulting 101" focused on those interested in becoming full-time independent consultants by providing information how he got started in consulting, things one should consider before becoming a consultant, and what you will need to become a full-time consultant. In "Consulting 102" he provided more valuable information consultants can use to improve their practice. Consulting 102 addressed the most important challenge facing consultants "How To Find Clients." He presented several proven methods for finding clients for consulting services and also how clients can find consultants.
Consulting eBook - The Best of Today’s Engineer: On Consulting –Volume 2
This compilation of articles from Today’s Engineer addresses a wide variety of consulting topics, including: reasons for becoming a consultant; how to become a better networker; and how to incorporate the new social media into your practice. This E-Book provides a convenient reference, as you build and incorporate new ideas into your practice. A follow-up to Volume 1 (also still available), both volumes are “must-have references” for engineering consultants. Volume 1 and Volume 2 provide a wealth of information – and put it all in these two concentrated sources – right at your fingertips! Price is $4.79 for members and $5.99 for nonmembers.
For more information on IEEE-USA's Consultant Services, the Alliance of IEEE Consultants' Networks Coordinating Committee, or how to start your own local IEEE Consultants' Network, contact:
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IEEE Consultants Exchange
This is a dedicated IEEE Collabratec community for IEEE independent consultants to network with other consultants and discuss consulting activities provided by IEEE and its local networks across the globe. Consultants can exchange ideas, information about contracts, business contacts, and marketing your practice.