What You Need to Know about Being a Paid Consultant
You’ve established a name for yourself in your industry. Your business is successful, and making money seems effortless. You hardly make any mistakes, and it appears like you can create success out of anything. As others watch you, they want to learn your secrets. In fact, they would pay you to teach them what you know. Now, you’re ready to become a paid consultant.
People will pay you for your knowledge, but there’s a lot more to being a paid consultant than just sharing information. If you like the idea of retiring from your current career and using your years of experience and wealth of knowledge to make money, you should know what to expect in the consulting business.
Get Your Certifications Up to Date
You may need to get certified to be recognized as a consultant in your industry. You may even need a special license, so do your research to find out the requirements before you are ready to start your business.
If it’s been a while since you’ve taken any classes or learned any new skills in your field, you may want to sign up for some courses. Clients are going to want to know you have stayed current in your field and that you know the latest developments in the industry.
Learn to Network
When starting out, you will need to do a lot of networking. You’ll want to let them know you are now a consultant and why they should come to you for advice. You will want to explain your experience so that others will feel confident in hiring you.
Even if the people you talk to don’t need your expertise, they may know someone who could benefit from your advice. You’ll need to find events and other ways to interact with people.
Learn How to Speak
Even if you work one-on-one with people, you will need to learn how to communicate effectively. For some, this may mean hiring a business speech coach to help them learn how to speak more clearly. They may have to reduce an accent or drop the slang words they use frequently. As a paid consultant, you’ll want to be taken seriously, and that means being able to enunciate and speak so that you can be understood.
Know how big you want your business to be and where you want to go in the next five or ten years. Some people may use this as retirement income and only work a few hours a week. Others will want to work full-time and earn a good income.
If you have the background and the ability to share your knowledge with others, consulting may be the right career choice for you. This is one way to move out of your industry and away from the daily stresses while enjoying the positive side of this field to continue making money. A side benefit is that you get to help others achieve the same level of success you have enjoyed.
Claudette Roche is a dialect coach in the Vero Beach, FL area. She teaches foreign and American accents to actors and business persons/executives. In 2010 she was named as one of The Top 5 Voice Coaches by Hollywood Weekly Magazine.