Become a Consultant

Become a consultant

How to become a consultant? What does a consultant do? A consultant is a person who offers his services/advice for a fee. For example, a consultant may help a new organization (non-profit) develop a fundraising plan and then watch over the process. Consultants are in high demand nowadays.

Individuals also use consultants. Some time people use a consultant for tax advice, Some may hire a consult to teach them ‘how to maintain a garden’.

If you have skills in an area, you can market yourself as a consultant and can present your services from your home.

How to become a consultant?

Step 1:
The first thing you need to do, before you become a consultant, is to analyze yourself. You need to prove yourself as an expert before someone willing to pay for your services. If there are institutes related to your field, you must be a member of at least one of them.

Step 2:
Secondly you should have a neat and clean area in your home that can be used as an office. There is a high probability that your clients will like to visit your home office. The area should be quiet, and even isolated area of the home. You may use your garage but you will have to convert it well.

Step 3:
For successful business you need to talk to a lot of people. Attend events where you can find your typical clients.

Step 4:

Your fee depends on your popularity as well as prevailing industry rates. If you are good negotiator you may manage to get higher rate but first you need to prove yourself unique.

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http://www.escapefromcorporate.com/started-freelancing-consulting-guide-laidoff/
http://www.squidoo.com/onlineconsultingbusiness
http://www.careersinconsultancy.com/
http://www.wahm.com/articles/starting-an-online-consulting-business.html