It's a new year, a new decade and February is National Start a Business Month. If your gut is telling you that now's the time to launch the business you've been dreaming about, listen up. One of the quickest businesses to launch is a consulting business. Using the professional skills and connections you've built over the years, you can stop working for "the man" and start working for yourself (almost immediately.) Here's how... What Is A Consultant?
What Is A Consultant?
A consultant is someone who is hired by an organization, large or small, for their skills and expertise. He or she can help identify problem areas, supplement staffing needs or teach new skills or technologies. Often, consultants will perform a bit of all these services.
Why Start a Consulting Business?
The reasons for starting a consulting business are as varied as the businesses themselves. Generally though, people want to use the skills they've developed in their corporate career to break free and start their own business. Most are inspired by the freedom of being self-employed and the flexibility that comes with being your own boss.
Top 5 Steps
According to John Riddle at businessknowhow.com, they are some key steps to becoming a consultant:
If you're ready, take the plunge! Once you have done all the necessary research, and readied your business for a launch go for it.
For more information, visit:
"Becoming a Consultant." By Bob Skladany on aarp.org
"Business Start Up: Become A Consultant" by John Riddle on businessknowhow.com