Consultant – does that word sound like it describes someone who wears a $3,000 suit and works for Fortune 500 firms? As daunting as “consultant” may sound, it’s just a word for someone who provides advice. If you’ve ever given someone advice, you could get into consulting.
You may associate “consultant” with business or IT consulting. But have you ever considered that a construction worker, retail sales associate, doctor and daycare provider all share the skills of a consultant? Each of those people helps other people by providing information:
* Construction worker – suggests ways to complete a project
* Retail sales associate – questions the customer and makes suggestions
* Doctor – asks about a patient’s symptoms, makes a diagnosis and recommends treatments
* Daycare provider – relays information about a child’s development, responds to the child’s development and seeks to coach the child
“Consultant” is a catch-all term for someone who makes their living from giving other people advice. You may be familiar with similar terms, such as freelancer, contractor, specialist or even hired gun” In fact, you may have even previously worked as a consultant, if you’ve ever done short-term work that wasn’t a regular job.
Consulting has proven popular with people who want to take charge of their lives. Whether you’re interested in being your own boss, working from home, having a flexible schedule or supplementing an existing income or pension, consulting can help you gain greater control – and earn money.
So, if you’re thinking about starting your own business, look into what kind of consultant you could become. You may be surprised by the wide range of opportunities available – even if you can’t see yourself wearing a suit or billing $300 an hour.