BECOMING A CONSULTANT is not usually an easy task as an individual may be required to invest a lot of time and acquire knowledge on market trends beyond the scope of their typical day-to-day scene.  Business consultants are behind seeking external information required by the business, acquiring new talents and resources for the business, and also conducting various internal business tasks.  There’s one thing, however, above all else, that you will need to get your hands on before you can branch out on your own as a business consultant: experience. 

Unfortunately, even at the best colleges, when they hand you your degree, they don’t also hand you a key to unlock all the solutions of life’s dilemmas. You have to actually go out into the world on your own and get some experience. Similarly, if you want to act as your own business consultant, you will have to step outside your role as a business owner/manager, don a second hat, and start looking and exploring your industry as a consultant would. This is just hurdle number one. The following are some things to consider before you become your own business consultant.


Look at the level of the skills you hold.  You will need to be very informed and skilled in whatever field of consultation you want to go into in order to be capable of taking your business to the next level.  Consider acquiring formal education in business and marketing consultation from either an online college or an accredited local learning institution.


You will need to be passed by the relevant authorities to start working as a consultant even if you are working in your own business.  Establish the requirements you have to fulfill to be licensed as a business consultant.  Consider working with experienced professional consultants to learn consultation tricks so that you can apply them in your business too. If you’re looking to consult for yourself informally, this item can be by-passed.


Prior to hanging out your shingle and deciding that you will be your own business consultant, analyze your competence.  Determine whether you have some special skills that would make other clients hire you if that was not your business.  If you have no special skills or experience to help your business grow in the field you are specializing in, you are doing yourself a great disservice.  You should be well updated with your industry’s latest current affairs as well as the latest business technology.

Organized Schedule

Look at how organized you are.  Business consultants should have very good time management skills.  These experts are involved in doing several things for the business as well as bringing together the employees.  Good time management skills and flow of ideas is required to bring down all the departments of a business.

Networking Skills

Networking is an important part of modern day consultation.  If you are planning to become any kind of consultant, you will need to have a wide range of clients working with you.  If you have no skills or confidence required to approach clients and get their contacts, then you might be in the wrong business and barking up the wrong tree.

Set Long- and Short-Term Goals

Determine the level of energy you have and the kind of goals that you have made for your business.  The goals should match up with the time and energy you have for your business.  If the goals and achievement that you have for your business are greater than you can accomplish, then it would be advisable to seek help from other professionals.

Competitive Edge

Look at the development skills you have from your competitors.  You will need to have better skills that will allow you to beat your competition; if your skills are good, but not quite up-to-par with your competitors, a good way to still get your foot in the door with your industry is to drop your consulting fees to an inverse commensurate to your lack of skills; everybody starts somewhere, after all.