The life of an independent Microsoft Dynamics consultant: Is it for you?

So, you wanna be an independent Microsoft Dynamics consultant. You've decided to leave the safety and security of your "9 to 5 job" - or maybe the decision was made for you. In any event, you want to try to make your way in the world as freelance consultant specializing in Dynamics products.

And why not?

As an independent consultant you'll have the freedom to choose your own clients, pick and choose the jobs you want to take on, set your own rates - and a myriad other perks you didn't have when you worked for "the man." Your commute, most likely, will be from your bedroom to your office. What's not to like?

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About Linda Rosencrance

Linda Rosencrance is a freelance writer/editor in the Boston area. Rosencrance has over 25 years experience as an reporter/investigative reporter, writing for many newspapers in the metropolitan Boston area. Rosencrance has been writing about information technology for the past 16 years.

She has covered a variety of IT subjects, including Microsoft Dynamics, mobile security issues such as data loss prevention, network management, secure mobile app development, privacy, cloud computing, BI, big data, analytics, HR, CRM, ERP, and enterprise IT.

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The Rest of the Story

Linda,
where is the rest of the story?

Am I missing somthing?

John

In the coming weeks...

John, there are a series of follow-on pieces coming. Thanks for your interest.

Jason

not quite an article

I agree with the comment from John, where is the article?

it's not really an article but a list of questions and it would be better written when you have something else to read because otherwise it seems a bit disappointing.

An interesting title

bunch of questions with no answers

no article!

frustrated reader who will think twice about clicking the next interesting title

Detailed follow ups coming

More questions than answers here, true. Rest assured that these questions tie in to some upcoming detailed pieces.

Keep them coming

A writer can choose to pose multiple questions in their article and frankly decide to answer none. However, if you paid close attention to the article, it clearly says in the coming weeks these questions will be answered via interviews with some Microsoft MVPs. If you are patient and truly enjoy follow ups, you will find the answers to these questions from the vantage point of independent professionals in the business.

Otherwise, I do invite you to submit an article of your own where you can get to express your sentiments and opinions on any related topics.

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Editorial Advisory Board
MSDynamicsWorld.com

The Indie in a Cloud-Based Future

Having been an indie since 1998 (GPv5.5), I partnered up last year after seeing the web client. Why? The writing is on the wall in bright neon colors: There is little space for a GP indie in a cloud-based future.

Microsoft seems to be following NetSuite's Mc-implementation model and things break less and don't need as much fixing in the Cloud. If they do, then the hosting provider has their own fix-it staff. In short: Fewer opportunities to bill fewer hours.

I opine that eventually (years after everyone is in the Cloud) the centralized service model will breakdown and customers will once again demand the personalized service an indie/small firm provides. Jumping in as a spanking-new indie in a move-to-the-Cloud environment would not be at the top of my "good ideas" list...

I did it for 15 years...I look forward to reading others' outlook of being a GP indie in a Cloud future...

Good Article

The debate goes on... and I look forward to seeing subsequent articles about the certifications and their values.

I think it's fair to say that they do have value... but how much? ... and could it be more? ... are two very important questions that everyone should be thinking... and it seems Microsoft has already decided... we shall see ;)

Thanks again for the good read!

Shawn Dorward

minivan