Do you consider yourself an expert at any particular field? Do you believe you have unique, valuable knowledge about a subject matter? If so, you most like consider yourself an irreplaceable business consultant in that field. These days, more and more people are joining the forces of business consulting and with the high number of individuals claiming to be “the best” how do you, as a business owner separate the good from the bad? Mauricio Gross, an independent business consultant, explains that it is actually quite simple.
“In my opinion, the biggest difference between a good consultant and a bad consultant is passion. Of course, you must have a great deal of knowledge on the subject matter but passion is where the great will outshine the average.”
With all the technology we have today, pretty much anyone can be a consultant. All you need to do is discover what you are good at and welcome the idea of constantly learning more about the particular subject.
Do you think you have what it takes to be a business consultant? If your answer was yes, here are some tips to becoming a great business consultant:
Certificates and Qualifications: Make sure you have the proper certifications and qualifications to be a consultant in the particular field you chose. Some fields require certain qualifications to legally provide consultation.
Stay Organized: Many consultants work independently which means you must be highly organized. Keep track of all your clients and make sure your day is planned.
Choose a field thriving for business consultants: Some fields need consultants more so than others, therefore, you will have more work. Some businesses seeking consultants include; Accounting, Advertising, Insurance, Marketing and Publishing.
Know your target market: Who will you seek out as clients? Major corporations or local, family owned companies? Make sure you have the correct business plan for the company before you pitch.
Smart Location: Position yourself in a location that is affordable, allows flexibility and where you can get around easily. For example, a city with minor rush-hour traffic and reasonable rent will make things less stressful on the financial side.
Business consulting just might be the next “it” job and you can be a part of the movement. Individuals across the globe are jumping on board and seeking out businesses in need of consultation.
To sums things up, be smart and passionate about what you do. Don’t leave your steady job of copywriting to move to New York jobless in hope of finding multiple consulting gigs that pay you big bucks. Start somewhere smart. Keep your daytime job and consult on the side. Gain experience, loyal clients and a positive reputation. If you love what you do and truly believe you can help a business thrive, you will find success. Do you believe you have what it takes?