Recently, we had Brian Chivers into the studio, Brian works for BusinessPort - a leading Sharepoint and business consultancy company based in London. We spoke about the opportunities that becoing a business consultant offers to people today. Heres what he had to say.
If you are an expert in a particular field, chances are that you have probably thought of venturing into the area of business consulting. And, unless you have been in a coma for the past 10 years, you should be well aware of the developments - especially in the technology that has made the field of consulting such an attractive proposition for many companies and individuals. In addition to these stunning advances, the market is also opening up for specialist consultants and those who venture into this profession at this stage could well reap the rewards of very substantial packages in the industry.
You may be asking though, what exactly is involved if you do decide to start business consulting? Well, a consultant’s job is nothing new and involves simply advising businesses on growth strategy, process improvement , financial and cash flow issues , stock management, customer relations and a myriad of other aspects that might be giving them problems. Its that simple. There is no magic formula or some well kept secret that consultants must keep safely hidden in order to be successful. In this day and age, almost anyone can become a consultant as long as you have a good experience of the industry your will be targeting and a good work ethic that is! The consulting business has especially successful in certain field and for a good reason. The field of accounting for example is something that nearly every business needs and no matter how large or small a business or an organization is, it will need help with its financial needs. Auditing is another field that most businesses will hire either a consultant or an auditor to advice them on various business needs. Other very lucrative consulting businesses include the fields of computer consultations, advertising, careers counseling and marketing.
But, before you can become an employable consultant what experience or qualifications do you need to have? Well, for one, some countries will require that you be a registered consultant in your field of expertise. Ensure that you are qualified and well updated in your particular field if you are going to offer credible advice that your clients will benefit from. You also need to be someone who likes to attend business networking events since business consulting will require you have a list of contacts if you are to engage them into business. On a personal level, you should also be some who is well organized, plans his or her and is an expert in time management.
Why though would a business need to hire you? Well, a lot of reasons come to mind. ell, it seems to me that the most obvious reason is the fact that you probably bring some kind of industry expertise to the table. If you have had a track record of being able to implement workable new ideas, then anyone who hires you will consider that aspect when they call you. You may also be hired to teach employees in your field of expertise or to identify problems that only an outsider can. These are just a few of the reasons you can be sure that your expertise may be needed. So don’t give up before you have started; many are doing it and so can you, successfully.