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Why you should become a consultant in your industry



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Why you should become a consultant in your industry

Consulting has been a great way to make a lot of money online or offline, because you're seen as an expert in your field and people are paying you for your knowledge Why you should become a consultant in your industry  Consulting works if you can prove that you know what you're talking about, because the people hiring you will need to be sure you can teach them something.  If you don't know what you're talking about, you probably can't be a consultant, but you can always do your research and still be a consultant in any niche you want Why you should become a consultant in your industry  Yes, it does take some time to learn everything in a niche, and yes it's difficult to tell if you will make any money being a consultant, but you will never know until you try Why you should become a consultant in your industry

I've been a consultant many times, and I don't even sell that as a service, I just get approached and people ask me to consult their teams in order to help them with SEO and marketing Why you should become a consultant in your industry   I almost always accept the offers because they tend to pay much more than you would think.  They only time I will decline is if they don't cover air fair and lodging if I have to fly to them and stay overnight or for a weekend.  Think about it, if I have to fly across the United States and get a hotel for a few nights, that eats up a good amount of money that could have been my profits.  If the company is serious about getting me in as a consultant, they will likely pay the extra fees to get me there, which isn't much considering they usually pay me $3,000 to $5,000 for a weekend of work lol Why you should become a consultant in your industry  I wish I had these gigs all the time, and only worked on weekends, because I would actually make much more money than I do right now Why you should become a consultant in your industry

Being a consultant isn't a difficult thing if you know what you're talking about, and below are a few reasons why you should think about becoming one.


You could be seen as the authority
A consultant is always seen as an authority by the company that is hiring them.  If you do a great job during the time you're suppose to be consulting, and the company runs better because of you, you will likely be invited back from time to time to consult new teams or teach about new systems or methods that could potentially help out the business.  This is why I love consulting for SEO and online marketing, it's always changing and people always want to know what the newest method is that brings in the most sales Why you should become a consultant in your industry  The companies that were happy with my consulting will bring me back in from time to time and have me reteach what I did previously and add in additional stuff that came up since the last visit.  And this is why you always need to be researching your niche or industry Why you should become a consultant in your industry

You will begin to get great referrals
If your client hires you to do consulting, and they love the outcome, they will likely refer you to their friends or colleagues who own businesses of their own.  We all know that referrals are amazing, especially if it's a B2B referral Why you should become a consultant in your industry  You're literally getting a referral from a client who paid thousands to have you come in and do some consulting, so the referral knows how much you charge and what you do already, which is the toughest thing to sell when in a conversation over the phone Why you should become a consultant in your industry  They are already sold, they just want to get in touch with you and hear how you speak and if you're the real deal.  After they do a quick evaluation, they will want to hear your process and what you'll do for them, then they'll hire you to come out and help their teams with whatever you're consulting for Why you should become a consultant in your industry

You can charge a premium without doing any actual work
Since you're the professional and authority within the niche you're consulting in, you can charge a premium without having to actually do the work yourself.  Think about it, if you're a consultant you just go and tell people how to do something so they know how to do it on their own after you leave.  You don't have to show them how to do it at all if you don't want to, but you'll likely have to jump in when someone really doesn't understand what you're saying, which is rare.  You can tell them what to do, where to click, what to write, how to write, how to find something online, what to look for, etc. without having to write a single word or type on a keyboard Why you should become a consultant in your industry  Consultants are there to tell teams what to do and how to do it, they're not there to hold their hands and do the work for them, and that's why you don't have to do much except show them what to do and what not to do Why you should become a consultant in your industry


In conclusion
Consulting is a lucrative business if you can crack into it.  The only downside is if you get too good at it, you'll never be home.  Think about it, if you work every weekend, you'll likely leave on Friday and come home on Monday.  This means you'll be working for 4 days a week and getting paid for 2 of them, but you'll be getting paid very well Why you should become a consultant in your industry  Now, if you have people who are fighting over you, you might lose a lot of clients or you might be working non stop and never be home, which isn't a great thing for a lot of people.  This is the main reason I don't go full time into consulting, because I want to watch my kids grow up and I never want to miss a baseball, softball, soccer, hockey, basketball, football, etc. game they happen to be playing in.  Consulting is definitely a great thing to get into if you want to make a lot of money, but remember that you might be too good at it and actually have to turn down $5,000 for a weekend of work just to keep a $2,000 a month client on board.  It's easy and difficult at the same time, but it's good money if you're great at it Why you should become a consultant in your industry


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amelia88

Love what you said about being able to charge a premium without doing any actual work - that's the dream for a lot of us! Being able to earn income easily through consulting is definitely something I need to explore more.



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Martinsx1

Being a consultant isn't a job description one just jumps into without extensive experience and knowledge about the job. It's with such knowledge that you can be able to to offer information that will be helpful to others in improving their own business plan. It's only when you offer your consultancy services and it pays off that you will be regarded as a credible authority.



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TommyCarey

True, but if you did a digital consultancy that was remote you could do a sort of "fake it til you make it" type methods. You would see what they need to be done, research it in order to know what you need to go over, then sit down over Skype or on the phone and tell them everything they need to do in order to become successful. A lot of people are doing this when it comes to SEO, and it's sort of sad because legitimate people like myself aren't getting as many consultancy gigs, but I understand why they're doing it Why you should become a consultant in your industry

You'll usually run into the client wanting to branch off of your plan, but you'll then need to say something along the lines of "We'll go over that later, but for right now I'd like to stick with this so we don't get sidetracked" and the client will understand Why you should become a consultant in your industry

It's not the most genuine way to run a business, but as long as you're actually helping someone out, you should be able to make a decent income if you get the right clients on board.



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Corzhens

When I was younger, I had dreamed of being an expert in technology because it looks great to be considered an authority. Aside from my job as methods analyst, I studied computer programming. But fate has another plan for me that even if I had completed the programming course, I was assigned to a position with a hectic schedule so I was not able to fully practice programming. With my online freelancing, I'd say that an SEO specialist is a good position. It is a new industry and not very complex.



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Barida

The work of a consultant is one that you are good to a whole lot of time getting to know about a particular firm and what best way that you are going to assist them to grow higher. Doing this kind of work will earn you money for as long as you did ya work well, they will be happy hiring up once



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Kakashi2020

If you're an authority on a certain field then it's best to do consultancy services. I've been a consultant in the construction and business development niches for quite some time now and its easy and I can charge a good price for my services.



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TommyCarey

That's awesome Why you should become a consultant in your industry

There are a lot of retired people with 30+ years of experience in their field starting to do consulting as a source of income that pays well for their time. Since they have a massive amount of experience, companies around the world will pay them a premium to push their business in the right direction. Since they have so much experience, companies trust them much more than someone just starting out, and that's why they'll bring on a consultant with more experience than a beginner Why you should become a consultant in your industry



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Kakashi2020

You're quite right because there's a lot of things that only experience can solve. There's this one company which tapped me for some consultancy work. It seems that there are some labor issues in which the production people are not happy about. So I interviewed the oldest production workers and found out that it wasn't the first event. It seems it's been happening every 8-10 years. What seems to be happening is that the company policies, rules and guidelines are becoming so strict that the workers are becoming demotivated. Tracing back the problem i discovered that the guidelines being used where old guidelines rehashed by a senior manager without studying the after effects of said guidelines in productivity and morale. History is one of the tools in being a consultant.



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Kakashi2020

What's great about consultancy work is that your job is to diagnose a problem and solve it by recommending a clear action plan. Depending on the complexity of the problem, a consultant can charge quite a good amount. Although it's not a regular job some businesses pay consultants a monthly fee to attend corporate meetings and to get their inputs on deals, projects, expansions, and budget.



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jaymish2

I agree that this is a great field to venture into, especially if you are able to specialize in one niche. I also agree, especially for an online consultant you can learn what you need to know as you go.With google at your disposal you can research the problem and help the client. In fact I think this is better then just drawing from your personal experience, because you can find many solutions that are innovative. Your experience allows you to recognize them and tweek them to fit the clients circumstances. I think this is a great path to take, if you can.



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Barida

It is all about having the desire to go into consultancy, as it is never an easy way especially when you are someone that is not convincing enough. It takes a whole lot of determination and bravery to succeed in such a venture but as we can see it is not something that is impossible to achieve.



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vinaya

In order to gain trust from your customers, you will have to present yourself as an authority of the subject. I don't have a degree in English and I am not from an English speaking country, yet I always present myself as a professional writer. I learned web designing through self study. I know my limitation on this area, however, I always pitch myself as a web designer. I never say I have average skills, if I say that I will never have customers.



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jayjaydimson

Everyone wants to be on the top, so for you to be on that position, you should work hard to gain it. Because a manager did not reach his/her position right now if he/she didn't put all of his/her effort to it. Same goes on being a consultant.



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jpk0007

Well being a consultant can certainly be a long-term goal for me. It requires a thorough and in-depth knowledge to advise people about any field. I think that for being a consultant one has to have a practical experience of working in the concerned field for some years. It will take a lot of time for people to trust you and accept you as a consultant for there business.



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Corzhens

I have also a dream to be a consultant and that probably would be for SEO methods. I am still in the process of learning that I try to fully understand the concept of search engine optimization. When there are items that I don’t understand in a discussion, I raise a question in the hope that someone would give a sensible reply for my benefit. Maybe next year I can have a grasp of the entire subject that I can maybe be a consultant.



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