The Upside

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An award-winning community for independent consultants driven to succeed.

The Upside is the highest ROI organization I have been a part of for my business.

– Liz Taxin Nemiroff
Private Equity Advisor
Harvard MBA and former GM at Thomson Reuters and S&P Global

What we do:

1.

Network

Access The Upside’s powerful community of  consultants with high-caliber backgrounds and like-minded ambitions. 

2.

Collaborate

Connect with members who support and advance your business forward.  

3.

Accelerate

Play bigger than ever before with best-in-class resources and people.

What is the value of joining The Upside?

100% of Upside members say that the value of membership met or exceeded their expectations. Additionally, the longer members stay in The Upside, the more value, results and ROI they gain.
 
Real-life examples of Upside membership results include:
 

Join the only community curated for ambitious consultants.

$189 per month

The Upside requires a minimum commitment of one quarter.

Apply now to join for October 1, 2021 entry.

“The Upside is an incredible network of highly impressive, supportive, and motivating professionals who epitomize the saying ‘a rising tide lifts all ships.'”

– Lauren Rosenthal
Operations Advisor and Founder of Birdie
University of Michigan MBA and former executive at Capital One, Hearst and Groupon

Our Members at a Glance

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Upside members are:

CONSULTANTS

ADVISORS

INDUSTRY EXPERTS

INNOVATORS

POWER PLAYERS

CHANGE MAKERS

THOUGHT LEADERS

TEDX SPEAKERS

PODCAST HOSTS

INFLUENCERS

BEST-SELLING AUTHORS

B2B VISIONARIES

DIVERSITY SEEKERS

MARKET MOVERS

DOERS

Members span all major sectors including:

GLOBAL RETAIL

LAW

WALL STREET

BEAUTY

FASHION

TECH

MEDIA

STARTUPS

CPG

HOSPITALITY

PHARMA

GOVERNMENT

ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

ENTERTAINMENT

LUXURY

Members’ backgrounds include executive roles at: 

 

DELOITTE

GOLDMAN SACHS

PWC

JONES DAY

NIKE

NEIMAN MARCUS

GOOGLE

DELL

LINKEDIN

CONDE NAST

ESTEE LAUDER GROUP

DANNON

WARBY PARKER

BURT’S BEES

UNILEVER

HARPO

HBO

JOHNSON & JOHNSON

MERCK

…and HUNDREDS more

“This year, I tripled my revenue by landing key clients that weren’t even on my radar prior to joining The Upside.”

– Danielle Yannotta
Growth Marketing Strategist 
Adjunct Professor and former Director at Toys ‘R’ Us

Meet Our Founder

Hi, I’m Erin Halper.

My mission is to help ambitious professionals achieve the freedom, flexibility, and work-life integration that come with consulting.

 

After climbing the corporate ladder for almost a decade, I started my own consultancy business because I wanted the freedom and flexibility of working when, where and how I wanted. 

 

A year later when I was pregnant with my first son, what began as a “want” for flexibility quickly turned into a need when we received news that something was wrong with the baby. (Don’t worry, he’s perfectly healthy now!) 

 

I recognized right then and there how relieved and grateful I was to have a flexible business that allowed me to take care of my son and earn a high 6-figure income doing work that I loved.

 

I went on to grow my consultancy, spending the next 7 years providing marketing expertise to private equity firms, real estate investors and hedge fund clients, all while having the flexibility to manage my son’s health, have my second son, maintain a strong marriage, bury a parent and move homes twice.

 

Since launching The Upside in 2017, I’ve advised thousands of professionals on how to build a respected consultancy practice that generates consistent high-ticket clients and affords them the freedom and flexibility that come with being your own boss.

 

Join The Upside and see for yourself how we bring the right people together to advance one another in business.

“The Upside feels like the secret headquarters of superhero professionals I’ve always wanted access to.”

– Kristin Jekielek
Video & SEO Strategist
Honors degree in astrophysics and 10 years at Comcast

The Upside Membership Includes:

  • OUR PRIVATE FORUM
    designed specifically for consultants, by consultants, for curated networking, solutions-gathering and information sharing you won’t find anywhere else.
  • GROWTH GUIDES
    from our exclusive library, including pricing guides, extracting your value, growing your client pipeline and more.
  • A COMMUNITY OF LIKE-MINDED CONSULTANTS
    for developing high-caliber relationships and a quality client referral network.
  • UPSIDE EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITIES
    that position you as an expert: such as press features (like Inc., Forbes and Nasdaq), podcast features, speaking engagements and Ivy-league mentorship positions.
  • MEMBER-TO-MEMBER-OFFERS
    like 1:1 advice, templates and office hours from Upside peers to help you in categories that aren’t your core strength.
  • EXCLUSIVE ACCESS
    to vetted VAs, interns, and other resources to save you time and money.
  • PREMIUM SOFTWARE ACCOUNTS
    such as Zoom and Canva, that we pay for, so you don’t have to.
  • AN INTIMATE COMMUNITY
    of high-quality, ambitious consultants and experts who support you and your business
  • UNLIMITED ONLINE EVENTS
    including:
  • Monthly Upside Masterminds (includes a separate Mastermind for our Advanced members) for rapid-fire, interactive peer advisory
  • Monthly expert sessions to sharpen your skills
  • Monthly industry roundtables to equip you with trend-forecasting and resources specific to your sector
  • Monthly curated 1:1 virtual coffees with likeminded members you need and want in your network
  • Weekly live small group advisory with Erin Halper and your Upside peers
  • Access to all archived recorded events and any post-event files and PDFs

Ready to play even bigger?

$189 per month

The Upside requires a minimum commitment of one quarter.

Apply now to join for October 1, 2021 entry.

“The Upside has opened up the door to several opportunities that have helped me acquire strong relationships with fellow consultants and elevated new business opportunities.”

– Kadisha Phillips
Marketing Strategist and D&I Advocate
BA from Newhouse and former digital producer at A+E, Nickelodeon and BuzzFeed

Next Steps

1.

Apply

Members are accepted on a quarterly basis and applications open and close at the beginning and end of every calendar quarter.

2.

Application Review

After you submit your application and payment details, you’ll be directed to a calendar link to set up a call with a member of The Upside. We can’t wait to get to know you better and determine if there’s a mutual fit.

3.

Onboarding

Once accepted into The Upside’s quarterly cycle, you will have access to our robust Membership Directory, programming, and our two private Facebook groups where all of our main conversations, events and announcements take place. You’ll be able to instantly connect with other members and access our proprietary tools.

“I have gained priceless business optimization advice, countless client and partnership opportunities, and have grown more sophisticated as an entrepreneur.”

– Kara Ladd
Partnerships Consultant
Former Partnerships Editor at Hearst

FAQs

100% of Upside members say that the value of membership met or exceeded their expectations. Additionally, the longer members stay in The Upside, the more value, results and ROI they gain.
 
Real-life examples of Upside membership results include:
 
  • Within 12 months of joining The Upside, one of our members landed a 6-figure client from a relationship she made in The Upside.
  • Instead of paying a lawyer hundreds of dollars an hour for their time, one of our members accessed contracts and templates provided by fellow members, saving her thousands of dollars in lawyer fees.
  • One of our members received time-sensitive feedback that saved her upwards of $10,000 by avoiding a potential mistake.
  • One of our members received advisory from Erin Halper and her fellow Upsiders that led to closing one of her largest clients to date, and doubling what she earned in her previous full-time role.
  • One of our members took advantage of an Upside-exclusive podcast feature which positioned her as an expert and led to a 5-figure/month retainer client.
  • Members have become friends beyond The Upside, partnering on clients and holding one another accountable through regular meetings and goal-specific Upside pods.
Upside members agree: the cost of an Upside membership more than pays for itself quarter after quarter!
You won’t find a community quite like The Upside anywhere else, and here’s why:
 
  • Upside programming is designed to help our members double or triple their previous full-time earnings. Our high-caliber tools and programming are not widely-found on Google or in any general business community.
  • We focus on quality over quantity. We aren’t a venture-backed organization that needs to scale big, fast. We have the luxury of growing our community based on quality members who are here for the right reasons.
  • We respect your busy schedule. Which is why we’ve developed high-impact programming that facilitates connections, sharpens your skills and advances your business, fast.
  • This is not a client matching platform. Being able to generate your own premium, consistent clients is what separates Upside consultants from hand-to-mouth freelancers.
  • Our secret sauce lies in bringing the right people together. You won’t find any other group of consultants as diverse, high-caliber and cohesive as The Upside.
  • Our members are our biggest assets and Upside evangelists. Check out what they have to say here. 

We know from experience that members gain the most the longer they are in The Upside. One month of membership does not give an accurate snapshot of what a member can gain from a quarter or even an entire year of membership.

We want members who are committed to membership, and who are ready to level-up, share and gain for the long-term.
We strive to maintain the perfect balance between being a highly-curated network and an inclusive, diverse community.
 
We screen all applications carefully and accept members based on:
 
 
We look for:
 
  • Professionals who are operating or scaling an independent consultancy or service-based business that works with companies as the end-client.
  • Independent consultants, advisors, speakers, workshop facilitators,  executive coaches and CEOs of agencies/firms 
  • All of our members are business owners
In the case where we have more applicants than open spots, we will prioritize those who have been referred in by our existing members.
 
Know an Upside member? Make sure to include their name in the application where we ask how you heard about The Upside.
  • Because all of our members work with businesses or executives as end clients, our membership is not the right format for real estate agents, side hustlers, network marketers or health/life coaches.
  • If your target audience is our members, The Upside is not the right fit. Upside members do not solicit other members and do not use The Upside as their personal client funnel or to market their services.
  • If you are not fully supportive of closing the gender pay gap and you are not passionate about diversity and equal opportunities for all, then we are not the right fit for you.
 
We are currently transitioning our community platform from Facebook to Circle. (launching Q1 2022) 
 
 
 
Why Circle?
 
  • Because Facebook does not reflect the high caliber nature of our members or The Upside.
  • Because many of our community peers, like 10th House and Dreamers & Doers, are on Circle. This makes it easy for members to toggle across multiple memberships in one app.
  • Circle respects your time and doesn’t let an algorithm determine which posts and discussions make it into your feed. 
  • Circle makes it simple to create searchable tags and topics for finding answers quickly and easily.

Our members span 7 time zones. Therefore, all of our programming takes place Monday – Friday between noon and 3pm EST.

If you can invest only 1 hour per week, you can benefit from ALL of our high-impact programming like masterminds, industry cohorts, and expert learning sessions.

If you can invest an extra 30 minutes each week, you can benefit from a 1:1 member connection call to expand and deepen your network.

If you can invest a little more time, you can use our private forum to receive answers to your most pressing questions, attend live office hours, access our library of high-impact learning sessions and much, much more!

No doubt, the more you engage, the quicker you will advance. But even members who can only commit to an hour per week will tell you that the value they receive from that tiny time commitment has exceeded their wildest expectations.
Membership is a community designed to foster ongoing connections, support and advancement for consultants. Membership opens 4x per year and renews quarterly.
 
The Accelerator is an online course with all of the tools, scripts, templates, guides and blueprints you need to build a 6- or 7-figure consultancy business. 

“Membership with The Upside has truly helped me level-up my boutique PR agency. I highly recommend membership with The Upside for anyone seeking to elevate their business and reach their next level.”

– Andrea Samacicia Mullan
Publicist and Founder of Victory PR
Launched in 2009 and scaling today with clients like Nanit, Motherly and Borghese

There has never been a better time to build a consultancy.

$189 per month 

The Upside requires a minimum commitment of one quarter.

Apply now to join for October 1, 2021 entry.

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The Upside Accelerator

FOR EARLY – STAGE CONSULTANTS

Doors Close October 24!