Start a consulting business

Start a consulting business; it sounds so easy, doesn’t it? In many ways, it is easy to start a consulting business! The trick is to make sure that you’re well-suited to the type of business that you choose to run.

I want to start a consulting business, but…

Some of you might be entrepreneurial-minded, but aren’t sure what type of business to start. There are a number of consulting businesses to consider starting. Take a look at this list and note which ideas appeal to you. Do you think you’d like to start a consulting business in any of these fields? If none of these appeal to you, is there another type of consulting firm you’d like to run?

In order to start a consulting business, you’ve got to have the skills

The next step in choosing and launching your business is to make sure that you’re well suited to your chosen line of work. For example, you may love Avon products, but unless you are a confident and outgoing salesperson, you may have trouble making sales–regardless of how much you love the products.

Sometimes it can be difficult to know what type of consulting will be a good fit for you. If this is the case, it can be helpful to take an inventory of your experience and skills. Being aware of your skills can be a substantial help when deciding to start a new business from the ground up.

In order to start a consulting business, you have to be able to sell a service or product that is in demand by people who need that service or product.  While you do have to be knowledgeable and well-suited to the business that you choose to start, you don’t have to be a renowned "expert" in your chosen field. As long as you sell a service or product that is needed by those in your target market, you’ll have a shot at success.

Once you’ve settled on your idea and written a business plan, you’ll be ready to launch a new consulting firm!

Want help in making the transition to consulting? Enroll in the official Consultant Journal course – Become a Consultant: How to Make the Leap. With audio and written lessons, 25 exercises, discussion forums and more, you’ll have mentorship in your journey to consulting.

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Lisa K. says:

Another key to starting your consultant practice is establishing your bill rate. This is probably going to be a part of your business plan, but making sure that you are getting exactly what you’re worth at a competitive rate will put you in a great position to succeed and be lucrative as an independent consultant.