Consulting is serious business anywhere in the world. People are becoming aware of this and are jumping on the consulting bandwagon. Consulting is for people who can solve problems and bring solutions to the needs of organizations. Consultants are people who can break large and complex matters into smaller bits.
Here are five things you will need to consider if you want to run a consulting business.
What certifications and special licensing will I need?
Depending upon your profession, there might be a need for special certification or a special license before you can begin operating as a consultant. For example, if you are going to be a Public Relations Consultant, you will need to be certified by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations.
Am I qualified to become a consultant? Before you hang out your shingle and hope that clients begin beating your door down to hire you, make sure you have the qualifications necessary to get the job done. 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.
Am I organized enough to become a consultant? Do I like to plan my day? Am I an expert when it comes to time management? You should have answered “yes” to all three of those questions!
Do I like to network? Networking is critical to the success of any type of consultant today. Begin building your network of contacts immediately.
Have I set long-term and short-term goals? And do they allow for me to become a consultant? If your goals do not match up with the time and energy it takes to open and successfully build a consulting business, then reconsider before making any move in this direction!