Business Consulting Blog, Part One

You may not realize it but you might have the potential to become a business consultant. You don’t believe me? Search within yourself. What is the thing you are most passionate about? What is that thing that you do best? Once you have determined what that is, ask whether there are people who might need some assistance in that area.

The next question is, can you help them? Of course, you can! You are an expert on it! So why not do it as a business? Earn money helping others with something you know and do best – and that is business consulting. You can start small. Do it in the comfort of your home as a freelance consultant. There are a lot of organizations and executives out there who are in need of expert consultants. Believe me, with a little fine tuning, you can become a high-paid advisor.

So what do you need to do? Follow these steps:

First, you have to determine your area of expertise first. Are you an accountant? Do you have the required certification to claim that you are an expert in your field? If you don’t, you must secure that first. An expert without credentials is just another person next-door, who has the ambition to be an expert. People believe in the written word, so you have to have that. However, there are also professions or areas of expertise that doesn’t require certificates like fund-raising consultants. Expertise in this area only needs experience. However, you have to have vast experience in the field you are planning to advise on.

Second, your office. Since you are starting small, your first office can be your bedroom, or your study room, if you have one. All you need is a table and chair, an internet connection and a telephone line, and voila! You are almost ready to start your consulting business. Almost, because you have to understand that though you are starting small, of course, you are also looking to becoming big someday. So you have to be organized. Consultants are advising on management and that includes time and things management. You have to practice what you are advising.

Third, set your goals and limitations. Why limitations? You are only starting your business, so don’t shoot stars. Set your goals to a realizable scale or level. Do not target too many clients and end up failing with your commitments. So be realistic. Do not bite off more than you can chew. Maintain your clientele to a manageable number.

Fourth, develop and make a record of your plan. You need to have a tangible reminder of the path you are taking so you would not go astray. It’s easy to get distracted and side-tracked from your goals. So it’s best to have it formally written down and give it a professional feel. This way, you can also have something to show possible clients, proving that you are serious in your business.

Fifth, create your lesson plans. Of course, before you can advise, train, or teach, you have to have a lesson plan. You have to know what you are going to tell your clients. Write it on your own. Think of all the possible weakness people might have in your chosen field. Focus and write about that. If you don’t know how to start it, begin with the definition of your profession and everything else would follow. The field you are going to write about is your forte, so things should flow easily once you have begun.

Done with the five simple steps? Now, you’re ready to call and propose to prospective clients!

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