Becoming a consultant is a great way to put your business experience and skills to use helping others improve their businesses. There are many types of consultants, from management consultants who help executives make their organizations more efficient, to IT consultants who help companies implement the right IT solutions, to philanthropy consultants who help non-profit organizations raise funds. Whichever consulting niche you decide to focus in on, there are a few things you should consider first.
Do You Have What it Takes?
Answering some simple questions can go a long way in determining if you will be successful as a consultant. Take a few minutes to think through these couple questions:
-What marketable skills do I have? To differentiate yourself from the crowd, you’ll need to specialize in a niche. For example, an IT consultant might specialize in cyber security issues; a management consultant might specialize in business process improvement. What specialty will you focus on?
-Am I good at sales? You’ll need sales and marketing know-how to network, form relationships and pitch your services to clients. Consultants must constantly seek referrals and leads and be able to present their value in a clear and convincing manner.
-Do I manage time well? Consultants must be effective time managers to juggle their clients’ demands and to maximize their billable hours. Keep in mind, not everything you work on is billable.
-Incorporate your consultancy business: your business should be duly registered with the cooperate affairs commission of your country, sometimes a certificate or accreditation may be required to get your company registration in your name as a director. Kindly make proper enquiry to know how to approach the procedure.
– Get an accreditation of quality assurance: your knowledge bank is important in securing consulting jobs and retaining clients, as a knowledge worker, you need to assert your position as proficient and can deliver on the job by your Accredited Consultant licence. In most developed part of the world our accredited is a must to operate as consultant.
– Keep improving on you: our professional continuous development program will furnish you will the necessary update and treads in the consulting industry and this is essential for the renewal of your consulting licence every two years.
-Join the Association of Accredited Consultants: We also have an association to further encourage professional development and networking for accredited consultants. Within the Association of Accredited Consultants business ideas and network are shared, making each member stronger at the profession.