We launched our Consultant Speaker Series in February, and have already hosted two speakers: Amelia Morales and Ashwin Maharaj. Amelia walked us through the items to consider when transitioning from permanent employment to consulting. Using her experience as a Project Manager and Business Analyst, she shared key insights on what makes a successful consultant – from determining your hourly rate to taking care of your own professional development. Amelia spoke of the importance of developing a professional brand, and living that brand every day while onsite with a client.
Ashwin Maharaj, a local accountant who specialises in working with IT consultants, joined us to speak about the benefits of incorporation. He helped us to understand the different levels of taxation, and the importance of knowing best practices for operating a personal services business. We had a great Q&A session when Ashwin was asked about leveraging dividends, income splitting, and responding to CRA requests.
We’re dedicated to providing value to our consultants and candidates, and would like to thank Amelia and Ashwin for making our two first sessions a success. We’re already planning the next event, and would welcome your thoughts on upcoming speakers! Would you rather hear about Vancouver market trends, business advice, career coaching, advice from an expert in your field, or an emerging technology?
We’d love to hear from you, and look forward to seeing you at an upcoming speaker event!