IC TIG Week: A Tiny Moment of Magnitude by Myia Welsh

Welcome to Independent Consulting TIG Week on AEA365! I’m Myia Welsh, the 2018 IC TIG Chair and owner of Welsh & Company Evaluation Consulting. Our AEA365 week will focus on the theme: breakthrough moments in independent consulting. Those moments, from tiny to enormous, that had a profound impact on our IC TIG members.

My breakthrough moment came on a rainy spring day in North Central West Virginia. I was filling out paperwork at local bank branch. I was opening a business account.  My hand shook when I filled out the form. Was this for real? This seemed so serious. I had my little folder of business artifacts all ready to go: business license, state LLC paperwork, EIN number. All those other structural aspects of business had happened anti-climactically, in online forms or through the mail. The day I set up my bank account in person, it all felt real in a whole new way. Suddenly an external person was talking to me about my business and it’s needs as if it was a real thing. It was. I was really doing it.

Then I deposited the first check, which felt extra real.

And then tax time came… And the realness continued…

I have never been so proud of paying taxes!

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I get great satisfaction out of tending to taxes. It’s also something that people who don’t do independent work (but seem to want to) ask me about.  It usually goes something like “I wish I could just do it myself, but then I’d have to figure out taxes.” There’s help for that!

Enjoy our week of independent consultant breakthroughs!

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating IC TIG Week with our colleagues in the Independent Consulting Topical Interest Group. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from our IC TIG members. Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.


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