What are associates?
Many consultants and consultancy firms use associates, essentially it's another word for subcontractor except that the relationship is usually much closer than in a typical prime/subcontractor setup.
The nature of service businesses means that hiring permanent staff is quite risky as employees cost money whether they are working for clients or not. Using individual self-employed consultants as associates allows a consultancy to balance their staffing with the workload but still call on highly experienced people as an when they need them.
From the individual consultant's point of view, working as an associate for a company with an established client base is an easy way of getting started and for some people is their primary source of work. As always there are pros and cons to consider not least the fact that some of the clients fees will go into commission.
When you're looking for an associate it's often hard to find the right combination of skills and industry experience and that's where our approach to resourcing wins over other methods.
If you browse our directory you'll see the wide range of business and technical skills available as well as the extensive industry experience that many of our consultants have. But most of our clients find that it's much easier to post an advert because then they only get responses from people who are available to help out straight away.
In your advert you can explain whether you have an immediate need or are just looking to expand your associate base (either is fine with us) and give an indication of location and rates - both of which help consultants to work out whether to respond.
If you're not looking for anyone right now why not register for our free trial - you can identify the skills you normally need and we'll show you the consultants who match.
Skillfair consultants are generally highly qualified and experienced, but as the client you decide exactly what you're looking for. To help you select the right person for your needs we encourage consultants to load a full CV and details of their qualifications and experience.
We also run a quality-checking system to give you confidence that consultants take a professional approach - this includes taking up references. Each member's quality status is displayed on their profile - if you see against a consultant's name it means they've provided 2 referees as well as evidence of their professional standing.
We also provide a response management system to help you work through scoring the responses and arrive at a short-list with the minimum effort.
Our members include many individual consultants
and most are familiar with the idea of working as an associate for a larger
organization or partnering to take on a bigger project.
So if you're an established consultancy you'll find Skillfair a good place to find professional and highly skilled associates - plus there's no commission involved which helps you keep costs down.
If you're just starting to think about linking up with other consultants to deliver larger projects you'll find plenty of like-minded consultants here. We recommend that you start building a network of potential associates before bidding for any specific projects as that gives you time to establish relationships before you meet with the client.
So if you're looking for associates why not post your request now?
Click here to advertise for associates
Advertising your first project on Skillfair is free - and there's no commission to pay once you've chosen someone to work with. After that, project adverts are £30 a time.
So why wait? Just tell us what you're looking for and we'll get you the help you need.
If you regularly use associates you'll find our consultant membership very good value as it also offers daily client project and tender alerts and the chance to respond to other companies' requests for associates.
At £175 per year excluding VAT it includes 5 project adverts and members can buy further adverts for just £25 each. Why not join