"The consulting industry is one of the fastest growing business sectors worldwide with new opportunities emerging continually in hundreds of different fields. Whatever your area of expertise--engineering or employee relations, computers or customer service--there's likely to be a demand for your consulting abilities." --Gregory Kishel and Patricia Kishel from the Preface<br> <br> Who needs consultants? The answer is simple: everyone does! Consultants are no longer viewed as a luxury. They've become a necessity in today's constantly evolving business environment. And, for millions of career changers, recent graduates, retirees, and former government employees, consulting is an excellent way to turn knowledge and experience into a profitable business.<br> <br> Now, two highly successful consultants provide you with a proven plan for entering and growing in this lucrative field. You'll get practical advice on what it takes to succeed as a consultant, where the real opportunities are, and the types of situations you are most likely to encounter. You'll learn all of the aspects of becoming an independent consultant, including how to choose a specific field and set up business, how to determine fees and market your services, how to get referrals and maintain good client relations, how to write winning proposals, what kinds of insurance you should have, how to win government contracts, how to enter foreign markets, and much, much more.<br> <br> Packed with step-by-step guidelines, forms, and checklists, this valuable guide is must reading for both working consultants and anyone interested in starting a consulting business.<br> <br> Written for anyone with ideas, information, or skills to sell, this valuable guide shows you how to make the most of your talents, putting them to work for yourself and your clients. Drawing on their own experiences as management consultants, Gregory Kishel and Patricia Kishel offer down-to-earth advice on what it takes to succeed as a consultant, where the opportunities are, and the types of situations you are likely to encounter. Step by step, you will learn all of the aspects of becoming an independent consultant, including: <br> * How to choose a specific field and set up a business <br> * How to determine fees and market your services <br> * How to get referrals and maintain good client relations <br> * What kinds of insurance you should have <br> * How to win government contracts, enter foreign markets, and much more<br> <br> <br> Whatever your area of specialization, this indispensable book will give you the information you need to build and maintain a profitable consulting business.
You Can Make Money as a Consultant Congratulations! You've been hired by a client to work on a project. Presumably, you have someexpertise in the area, you have someone on your team who is knowledgeable, or you'll be hiring somebody who understands what needs to be done. If you want to get out of the nine-to-five grind and stop "working for the man," so to speak, then consulting is a great way to go.What this means is you work as a self-employed person (or some cases, you work for a consulting company) on well-defined (usually) projects with a definite beginning and end. Generally, business useconsultants to help meetshort-term goals to avoid hiring new staff. Additionally, consultants can bring to the table specific technical expertise for guidance and support. If you play your cards right, you'll find the world of consulting to be very lucrative and rewarding. Sure, it can be stressful, but at least you have more control over your own destiny than you would have working directly for a company. What You Need to Know Direct From an Expert I worked as the Vice President of Consulting for two different consulting firms for over a decade. Later, I took a position as the Director of Computer Operations for a major retailer, and remained there for almost 20 years. In that position, I hired many hundreds of consultants for small, medium and large jobs. Thus, I have a unique viewpoint because I've worked on both sides of the fence. I understand how to be a consultant, and I also understand how to hire and make use of consulting to get work done. What You Will Learn This book provides some of the lessons I've learned over my 35-year career about managing consulting projects. You will learn:
This book presents practical optimization techniques used in image processing and computer vision problems. Ill-posed problems are introduced and used as examples to show how each type of problem is related to typical image processing and computer vision problems. Unconstrained optimization gives the best solution based on numerical minimization of a single, scalar-valued objective function or cost function. Unconstrained optimization problems have been intensively studied, and many algorithms and tools have been developed to solve them. Most practical optimization problems, however, arise with a set of constraints. Typical examples of constraints include: (i) pre-specified pixel intensity range, (ii) smoothness or correlation with neighboring information, (iii) existence on a certain contour of lines or curves, and (iv) given statistical or spectral characteristics of the solution. Regularized optimization is a special method used to solve a class of constrained optimization problems. The term regularization refers to the transformation of an objective function with constraints into a different objective function, automatically reflecting constraints in the unconstrained minimization process. Because of its simplicity and efficiency, regularized optimization has many application areas, such as image restoration, image reconstruction, optical flow estimation, etc.
Is a Consulting Career Right for You? Your Guide to Becoming a Consultant. Consulting is currently a popular career choice for understandable reasons. But, is consulting really the right field for you? And, if so, where do you start? In this important Itty Bitty(r) book, consultant Norma Skolnik shares information regarding whether a consulting career is right for you, how to get started as a consultant and how to build a successful consulting business. Where to Start: A careful examination of your own skills and interests is an excellent jumping off point. Ask yourself if you are expert enough in your own field to market your skills as a consultant. Explore the different types of consulting opportunities available in your field. Investigate steps to getting started. If you are contemplating a career as a consultant and want to know what to expect and how to improve your chance of success, pick up this helpful book today."
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