Travel For Work: A Typical Day in the Life of a Consultant

Recently a lot of people have been commenting on my current job and the lifestyle it provides.  Weeks of “working from home” followed by an extended trip to a far off “exotic” location like Cleveland or Dallas has made people ask “How did you get such a fun job?”


As a result, I feel the need to clarify and set the record straight.  Is the life of a consultant really as glamorous as people think?  Is it all free sushi and scotch?  Let’s explore in detail.  But since there’s really no “typical” day in consulting, I’ll just break down a typical Monday since that’s usually the most hectic day of the week.

Here’s how the week begins:

SUNDAY NIGHT:

  • 9:00PM:  Pack cloths, call taxi and set alarm.
  • 10:00PM:  Take a shower because there will be no time in the morning.
  • 12:00AM:  Try and get to sleep.

MONDAY MORNING:

  • 4:30AM:  Alarm goes off.  Wake up, get dressed and walk out the door.
  • 4:45AM:  The taxi has arrived.  Get in and drive to the airport.
  • 5:00AM:  Arrive at airport and begin the check in process.
  • 5:30AM:  Begin boarding the aircraft.
  • 6:00AM:  Flight takes off.
  • 6:05AM:  Fall asleep for the duration of the flight.
  • 10:30AM:  Plane lands and you change planes in popular airport hub.
  • 11:00AM:  Grab something to eat, and eat it fast.
  • 11:30AM:  Board the next flight
  • 12:00PM:  Flight takes off.
  • 12:05PM:  Fall asleep for the duration of the flight.
  • 1:15PM:  Plane lands.
  • 1:45PM:  Arrive at rental car kiosk.
  • 2:15PM:  Arrive at hotel.
  • 2:30PM:  Change into “professional attire”.
  • 3:00PM:  Arrive at the client site and begin working and drinking coffee.  Consultants all shack up together in one small conference room.  The conference room is not always the same, but all conference rooms are similar.
  • 7:00PM:  Leave the office.
  • 7:30PM:  Go to the gym.
  • 8:30PM:  If there is no team dinner, grab some take-out…usually Japanese or Mexican.
  • 9:30PM:  Take a shower.
  • 10:00PM:  Turn on the TV and the laptop and continue to respond to emails.
  • 11:30PM:  Brush teeth.
  • 12:00AM:  Go to bed.

TUESDAY MORNING:

  • 7:30AM:  Wake up and go back to the client site.  Rinse, Repeat.

So that’s a pretty standard Monday.  If that seems like something you’re into then consulting is probably something you should consider.  And yes, you can usually keep all your rewards points from airlines, hotels, rental cars and credit cards.

November 12, 2013