Whether you're already an established independent consultant or just starting out, it can be difficult to find the guidance and support you need. On this page you'll find CIPD resources to help you make a success of your consulting career, from networks and career advice to HR tools and professional indemnity insurance.

How does the CIPD support consultants?

Select from the icons below to explore the resources, support and networks we offer to help you make a success of your consulting career.

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Career advice

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Employment law support

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Knowledge hub

Back-to-work support

Real-life success stories

Browse through the stories of those who've worked as successful consultants, freelancers and self-employed. Find out what made them take the first steps towards independent consulting, the challenges they faced, and the skills they needed for their businesses to flourish.

Thriving for success in learning and development

To business owner David James, L&D isn't only about surviving in different environments; it's about thriving too.

Making the switch to self-employment

For Phil Marsland, moving from a successful in-house career to running his own limited business was a huge step. From tackling admin and upgrading technology to business mentoring and dealing with change, here's how Phil did it.

Read Phil's blog

External resources and support