Becoming a consultant — your reasons

Becoming a consultant is a dream for many people. Yet some never take the plunge. For me, becoming a consultant is the best decision I’ve ever made. Consulting has afforded me a flexible work schedule, time with family, challenging projects and financial reward. But I’m just one story. Tell me your reasons for becoming a consultant. If you aren’t already a consultant, tell me why you’d like to be one.

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Andrea Coutu says:

If you don’t like selling, maybe you’d do well to move to an online model or partner with someone who loves selling.

A.S. says:

I am keen on stepping onto the consultancy path, however seems I’m still a bit scared of ‘what if…’
I am truly committed to the work I do, very organized and getting a bit frustrated that I have to cut the cord with my work every time my husband is being transferred to another job location, hence the consideration of being a consultant, which I would be able to do anywhere.
I enjoy having ‘different hats on’ except I don’t enjoy the selling part (particularly cold calls) so I guess my fear is hidden there….

J. I. says:

Haven’t actually made the commitment yet. Just thinking about it. Would like to be able to travel more after retirement and consulting gigs seem like a good way to help finance that once my pension kicks in.

Alicia O. says:

I want to become a consultant so I can stay home with my two little boys. I hate that I had to go back to work so soon and becoming a consultant would let me spend time with them.

Chad Kellers says:

I’m still working at becoming a consultant. I haven’t done anything yet — no cards, no website, no business plan. However I am thinking hard about what I want to do and your site has helped me figure out a lot of pieces of the puzzle. What I finding appealing about becoming a consultant is that I could turn away work I don’t like and pick and choose my clients. When you work in a company you can’t always do that.