Self-Employment as a Consultant
You can work as a self-employed consultant if you have expertise and experience in a particular field that others need and value. For example, if you have experience setting up computer systems, you could give valuable advice to a business trying to set up or update their office network.
Consulting is widespread in many fields like computers, human resources, marketing, occupational safety, and security. But truthfully, you can become a consultant in a broad range of areas, from greening oneês home to college planning for teens.
Ultimately, the keys to success as a consultant lie in your level of expertise, credibility, and how you market yourself. You may have valuable advice and insights to offer but if you do not know how sell your services, you will not have customers.
To learn more about self-employed consulting in a career field that matches your personality, do the recommended activities in these resources.
- Learn about Self-Employment Occupation Information, with tips for learning more about your industry;
- Learn about Small Business Types, advice on how to find information about the types of businesses that interest you;
- Business Networking tips;
- 10 Steps to Become a Self-Employed Consultant (Small Business Trends); and
- The Consulting Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Create and Expand a Seven-figure Consulting Practice, by Alan Weiss (Book, 2011).
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