Consultant FAQs

Am I eligible to join?

If you're self-motivated, passionate about what you do, and have at least five years' experience in one of the sectors we work across, we'd love to meet you. You'll also need to be available to take on new projects, and if applicable, have the appropriate licences to practice (lawyers or accountants, for example).

What are the benefits of joining?

If you're looking for work that gives you control of when, where and how much you work, By Day can help. Our clients are progressive, ambitious businesses with interesting projects for consultants like you – and we can connect you. Whether you're looking for more time with your family, a variety of engaging challenges, or a more portable career, our clients are on the same page.

You choose your hours and your day rate and we take care of the rest – matching you with briefs, introducing you to clients, dispensing advice when needed and even negotiating on your behalf if need be.

How is By Day different?

By Day believes in making work better, and making better work. To do great work, you don't have to clock on and off at set hours, or waste time commuting when you could be getting the job done. Businesses access top talent exactly when they need it, and highly experienced people get to do their best work. Our projects are rewarding, relevant to your skills, and run on terms that work for both you and the client.

What kind of roles are available?

The majority of By Day's roles are project-based and span any professional needs a business might have, be it accounting or admin, creative or corporate . Roles are usually project-based, though permanent part-time opportunities sometimes come up. Because of the highly skilled nature of our consultants, they tend to be project lead or management-level. Take a look at the sectors we work within here.

What kinds of 'flexible work' are available?

A role might be remote, office-based, or a combination of both. You might be required to be available within certain core hours, or free to set your own schedule. You could be expected to contribute a certain amount of time, or to deliver agreed outputs. It just depends on what you and the client agree works best – and we’ll even have the conversation on your behalf.

What's the process of becoming a By Day consultant?

Complete our registration form here. We review every submission and, if you look like a good fit for By Day, we'll be in touch (either in person or on a call) to talk through your background and what you're looking for now. Once we've really got to know you, we'll add you to our books and start considering you for relevant briefs.

How does the matching process work?

Once a project comes in that we think you’d be right for, we’ll send you the project scope for you to review. If you’re available and keen to be considered, let us know (including any questions or requirements you might have) and only then will we send your profile to the client.

How do I get paid?

Your client will pay you directly as agreed in your contract or project scope. All terms are completely between you and the client.

Are there any fees involved?

Our services are completely free to consultants. What you charge the clients is what you'll take home. (By Day takes its fees from clients once we make a successful introduction).

Can I sign up to other agencies or sites?

Of course – there's no obligation to work exclusively with us. But we're confident that the quality of our clients, briefs and service will land you roles that are the best fit for you.

How can I manage (or delete) my profile?

We put together your personal profile (formatted as a PDF) to share with relevant clients. If you want to update your info or ideas for how to polish your profile, just get in touch. Let us know if you're going to be unavailable or are ready for a new challenge so we can manage your time accordingly. And if, for any reason, you no longer want to work with By Day, tell us and we'll remove your profile from our books.

Clients FAQs

What does By Day do?

Adaptability is at the heart of what we do. For our clients, that means effortlessly finding the right people at the right moment. For our consultants, it means finding rewarding projects that allow them to work flexibly, and often remotely. We think it's the smartest, most progressive way to work.

How does By Day benefit my business?

Hiring (or trying to) can be hugely time-consuming – that's energy you could be using to grow your business. Recruiting long-term staff can leave you over-stretched. By Day steps in to solve your talent gaps swiftly and efficiently, often finding you the kind of expertise that might otherwise have been out of reach, so you can use your resources as wisely as possible.

Who are By Day's consultants?

Our consultants are professionals from a wide variety of sectors, with a minimum of five (but often more than 10) years' experience. They've built impressive credentials and portfolios, often to management-level or above. At this stage of their careers, they've opted to look beyond permanent roles for more flexible opportunities, whether that's short-term contracts, remote working or project-based challenges. We get to know each one of them, and we're completely confident that the consultants we introduce you to are ready to make a difference to your business.

Which sectors or roles do you deal with?

Take a look at our Clients page to get a sense of the sectors we span. In terms of roles, we specialise in mid- and senior-management-level requirements. Our highly experienced consultants can come on board to either lead a project or collaborate with a team. Whether it’s extra capacity or specialist knowledge you need, we’ll help you build the ideal team.

How is By Day different?

The quality of our consultants is what really sets us apart. These are self-motivated individuals with remarkable CVs who are passionate about what they do, but might otherwise be hard to find or prohibitively pricey. We thoroughly vet each of our consultants and get to know them personally, so simply tell us what you need and we’ll make it happen. We're also proud of our relationships. Our clients trust us to intuit what they need and conjure just the right person – and because we do, they keep coming back.

What's the process for finding a consultant?

First, share your brief with us. We'll ask you any additional questions we have, and within a week we'll send you our handpicked selection of consultants to consider. We can help set up interviews, agree terms, and any other part of the hiring process you'd like our involvement in. If your company has a standard hiring procedure, you can use this process to move forwards, too. The final agreement is between you and your consultant, and you pay them directly in accordance with your agreement or project scope.

How quickly can By Day work?

Ordinarily, we require up to a week to put together consultant profiles to meet your brief. But one of the benefits of knowing both our clients and our consultants so thoroughly is that we can often respond even more nimbly than this – and we’ll always do our best to work within your timelines.

Do I have to work with By Day after once I've submitted a brief?

No – you're under no obligation to work with us (though we hope you'll want to!). Submitting your brief is completely free – you only pay us once we’ve found your perfect consultant.

What are By Day's payment terms?

Clients pay an introduction fee per project, which depends on the total project cost. Payment is due within 14 days of our invoice, or on the day the project starts, whichever is soonest. The contract for the work itself is between you and your consultant, and you’ll pay them directly. Our service is flexible, so if you decide to keep working together beyond the initial project, we’ll just adjust our original fee.