I’ve been doing a series on reasons to become a consultant. Over the past couple of weeks, people have emailed me with their own stories about why they decided to become consultants. More recently, Problogger.net started a "lists" group writing project, and I decided to turn my series into a list of reasons for becoming a consultant. In the weeks ahead, I’ll turn each point into a subarticle that explains that reason in more detail – I work as a consultant and know there are many reasons people get into the business. If you have suggestions for more points on the list, just let me know. There are tons of reasons for people to join this rewarding career. This is a work in progress. Now, here is the list of reasons to become a consultant:
Reasons to become a consultant
- Become a consultant and change your life
- Self actualize when you become a consultant in a niche field and thus turn into an expert
- Tap into the opportunity for work/life balance
- Make extra money by moonlighting
- Enable yourself to balance your other life and work obligations
- Create the opportunity to work from home
- Refuse work you don’t like – no one’s forcing you to do it
- Pursue niche career interests – choose to accept only projects within certain parameters, such as Quickbooks implementations or makeovers for cancer survivors
- Fire customers you dislike and work with people you do like
- Set your own consulting fee rates
- Work when you want
- Take part in interesting projects
- Gain special experience
- Network – the project-based nature of consulting means you’ll work with many people during your career and your reputation will become critical
- Stand up for your values and create your own code of ethics. By defining for yourself what it means to become a consultant, you can choose to work only with people, companies, products and issues that meet your expectations.
- Work from home and maintain an attachment parenting lifestyle.
- Take care of an ailing family member.
- Care for elderly parents
- Supplement retirement income
- Ensure you have an income stream outside your regular job — a second job
- Have the satisfaction of knowing you built your own business
- Create a schedule and workload that suits your family’s needs
- Prevent yourself from becoming stale in your career
- Challenge yourself to tackle new ideas which have a domino effect for more new ideas
- Learn new tricks of the trade
- Build relationships with new verticals/people
- Never have to endure a 30-year retirement "roast"
- Avoid ever getting tired of being in one place too long
- Grow personally
- Acquire information at an accelerated rate.
- Set consulting fees that make you feel like the work you do is valued – and that sometimes give people “consulting fee sticker shock”
- Spend time learning about other aspects of business management – like finance and client management – because you’ll need to wear many hats as a start-up consultant
- Show that starting a consulting business is cheap
- Prove that not all small businesses fail and that many succeed beyond their wildest dreams by overcoming startup business challenges
- Give yourself a reason to have an awesome home office set up
- Pretend you’re a rock star by talking about your latest "gig"
- Get a lifelong pass for attending all the job hunting lunches and wine and cheeses you want
- Take control of your life
- Create your own business cards, so that you never have to scrawl your number on a napkin at a nightclub again
- Choice — who, what, when, where and how much!
- Tax write-offs (like when you donate your car)
- Design and set up a wacky home office that your clients envy (Rhona-Mae says, "I’m proud of my Stikfas and my anime plushies and figures")
- Hire your dog to be your assistant
- Cut your commute time — cut it even more by running down the stairs
Many thanks to my consultant friends for their help in compiling this list:
- Melanie from Fit 4 Two Prenatal and Postnatal Fitness
- Rhona-Mae, Calgary piano teacher
- Becoming a consultant FAQ
- Should I become a consultant
- How to become a consultant
- Consulting Fees: A Guide for Independent Consultants
- Discover Your Inner Consultant
- Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur (for moms)
"Become a consultant – the big list of reasons" from Become a Consultant Blog at ConsultantJournal.com.
6 thoughts on “Become a consultant – big list of reasons”
Interesting list, I had never considered being an independant consultant until reading this….
Thanks for the feedback!
Jersey Girl, I’ve just added a link for #9.
Great list, sounds like a great idea! Our list is up if youâ€™d like to lookâ€¦ have a great day!
#9 is awesome…Firing a client is like letting go of bricks that have been weighing you down!
For a number of people, the weekly paycheck is ‘take-home pay’ because house is the sole place they could manage to opt for it.
The task of the people still remains to be the spark that moves mankind ahead much more than teamwork.
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