What I do?
Hello I am Akshat :) I am an Independent consultant working in gurgaon,India. I help people solve their business problems by making the most efficient use of technology. Too vague? Here is an example:-
Busy law firm. Not too big though 17 people at that time. They were doing good. Law suits were being filed left and right. People were being defended from frivolous charges. From sunrise to sunset their office was parade of clients, summoners,witnesses and other lawyers. At night when the dust settled Ms. Shewta would sit in front of her laptop and record the proceedings of the day in an excel sheet. Who took what case? Who missed the date? Who defaulted on payments? Backups of arguments, list of citations etc.
End of the quarter. It is found that 5 clients had payments due(since last two months). They had 73 cases between them with new ones coming on a daily basis. Piles of files stacked in one corner.They were struggling to keep up with the pace of business. They wanted to get organized. Devise a better way to invoice their clients. Record their day to day progress on cases. And "LESS PAPERS DAMN IT".
Enter me. I spend a week in their office just observing and making notes on how the business was conducted. Learning the lingo. Plaintiff,respondent,defendant,charges,suit --- the lawyer talk. At the end of week two I show them the first version of web based tool that will help them get organized. They suggest some minor changes. At the end of 3rd week I am sitting in front of my TV watching Boston Legal and sipping on hot chocolate. A cheque, waiting to be deposited, lying on my table. Oh and Ms Shewta and others leave the office at 6 these days :)