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.


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.

To understand more about starting local consultants networks and making that local network an official IEEE Affinity Group please watch this short video presentation.

Sample Consulting Agreement (PDF)

A sample agreement developed by IEEE-USA's AICNCC for educational purposes. It is intended 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 - 2018 Edition

IEEE-USA's Consultants Fee Survey Report provides a useful profile of typical, self-employed and independent technical consultants, including education, experience, business practices, median earnings and hourly rate, that can help consultants bench-mark their consulting practice. The reports are based on annual surveys conducted of IEEE members in the United States who identify themselves as self-employed consultants deriving 50% or more of their consulting income from independent work. Purchase this eBook today!

AICN Newsletters

The AICN Newsletter 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.

2019 Issues

2019 2nd Quarter Newsletter
2019 1st Quarter Newsletter

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Archived Webinars for Consultants

How Consultants Will Save on Their Taxes and Keep More of Their Profits from the New Tax Cuts & Jobs Act
Presenter: John E. Walters, MBA, EA  |  Date Recorded: 3-15-2019

All You Ever Wanted to Know about the New IEEE-USA Consultant Finder
Presenter: Karen McLean  |  Date Recorded: 11-14-2018

Building the Consultant Practice of Tomorrow Using Today’s Online Tools
Presenter: Michael Bryant  |  Date Recorded: 4-5-2018

So You Want to be a Consultant?
Presenter: Daryl Gerke, P.E.  |  Date Recorded: 2-8-2018

11 Ways Consultants “Overpay” on their Taxes and How to Stop It Now!
Presenter: John E. Walters, MBA, EA  |  Date Recorded: 1-18-2018

Functioning as a Professional Consultant
Presenter: Christine Silver  |  Date Recorded: 12-12-2012

Consulting 102
Presenter: Gary Blank  |  Date Recorded: 6-17-2010

Consulting 101
Presenter: Gary Blank  |  Date Recorded: 6-9-2009


IEEE-USA eBooks for Consultants

Consulting for Geeks
This e-book focuses on how to become a small, independent consultant. Thinking about consulting, but not sure where to start? Already consulting, but need some advice? Maybe this e-book can help.
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The Best of Today’s Engineer: On Consulting (Vol. 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.
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The Best of Today’s Engineer: On Consulting (Vol. 1)
IEEE-USA’s first installment of this two-part series provides information on how to start a local consultants network; how to make sure you get paid for your work; how to make the transition from marketing to paid consulting; IEEE-USA’s 2004 Profile of Consultants; and a sample consulting contract.
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More Resources

IEEE Member Discounts For Consultants

IEEE member consultants can take advantage of exclusive and discounted pricing on insurance and a variety of products and services (where available) that can add up to substantial savings.  Among the offerings are Professional Liability Insurance, plus accidental death, disability and life insurance polices provided by Mercer to met the needs of individuals not covered by company plans.  For more information, go to: https://www.ieeeinsurance.com/us

InnovationQ Plus

InnovationQ Plus is a unique patent search and analytics platform that combines the power of a machine learning-based search engine with a global patent database and critical IEEE content to quickly sift through millions of complex documents to find relevant prior art and uncover powerful insights.  InnovationQ Plus indexes more than 4 million documents from IEEE journals, conferences and standards along with a global database of over 108 million patents and applications.  InnovationQ Plus also provides a host of videos, ebooks, product information, whitepapers and webinars.  For more information or to request a demo, go to: https://innovationqplus.ieee.org

Amazon Web Services

IEEE members currently building their own businesses can take advantage of an IEEE agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS), under which Amazon provides IEEE members with $10,000 in complimentary AWS promotional credit, business support and training to help launch and grow their entrepreneurial ventures.  For detailed information, visit https://entrepreneurship.ieee.org/aws_activate/.

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:

Daryll Griffin
2001 L Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036-5104
(Office) 202/530-8337
(Fax) 202/785-0835
(Email) d.r.griffin@ieee.org


Daryll Griffin
Program Manager, Career, Member & Innovation Activities
+1 202 530 8337

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.