Once upon a time, you could just opt for a career change, print a business card, hire an office and acquire some clients through word of mouth. Today,
there is a lot more that you have to understand to be able to be a successful Business Consultant.
To differentiate yourself as a good Consultant, try to answer the following things:
How do I stay on top of trends in my industry?
Begin by setting up Google Alerts which provides you with updates of online information which is collected primarily from news sites and blogs. You will receive an update based on the specific key words which you select.
You can also set it up for your top competitors and clients. This will be beneficial to allow you to stay on top of client and industry trends, which will be handy.
Am I organized enough to become a consultant? Do I like to plan my day? Am I an expert when it comes to my own time management? You should have answered "yes” to these questions as you have the crucial role of being your own boss now. You can use automated apps to assist with your booking and diary planning. Try Pro Planner which combines your diary, events, tasks and notes in one place.
Do I like to network? Networking is critical to the success of any type of Consultant today. Begin building your network of contacts immediately by drawing up a list of people who could potentially provide some value to your business as clients, mentors or sponsors. Social media can be a very effective way to network so freshen up your Linkedin page with a new picture, cover photo and update your credentials. You may also want to brighten up your company website, Facebook page and Instagram.
What certifications and special licensing will I need? Depending upon which profession you are consulting for, you could be required to
have a special certification to operate as a consultant in that profession. You may need a special license or training before you are able to legally
consult. Of course, insurance is often a requirement in some contracts too.
Am I qualified to become a consultant?
Aside from what is legally required, there are also other pre-requisites that you have to have a grasp over the necessary knowledge. If you want to be a computer consultant, for example, make sure you are up to date in the knowledge department with all the trends and changes in the computer industry. There are plenty of online courses available for you and also many of these are free through local business and networking events.
Have I set long-term and short-term goals? The most important thing about your goals is that they need to align with your lifestyle. The time, resources and energy it takes to open and build a consulting business should be considered as it needs to fit within your current.