How to Become a Consultant

May 30 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

So: how to become a consultant? The key to doing it and doing it right is to work hard and work smart at acquiring new clients and keeping the ones you already have, along with getting more work from your clients. Expect to spend more time on this than the time you spend actually doing the consulting. You should always be marketing yourself even when you have plenty of work at the moment, since without a constant stream of new clients the amount of work you have can be frustratingly intermittent. If you are just getting started on consulting, it is a good idea not to quit your day job just yet, as consulting work is often especially intermittent early on before you have established the marketing skills, industry connections and contacts and client relationships you need to guarantee enough work in the long run.

Consultants Must Research Potential Clients

Another important aspect of how to become a consultant is research ability. Research potential clients: these people tend to be the decision-makers at companies in your field of expertise. Research via web searches, social networking, business press, trade publications and industry conference lists among other methods and find hundreds of strong candidates if possible. Send out your information regarding your recent accomplishments and unique and powerful skills to possible clients. Update your research, your information and the sending out of that information often. Teaching courses and giving speeches are also a great way to advertise your services.

Consultants Must Remain Agile

Keep those skills sharp and those achievements up to date as well, since you also want to be a consultant providing high-quality service. Marketing skill is very important in how to become a consultant. This will also net you word of mouth referrals: the best kind. Consider becoming a consultant if you want to change your career or have to for whatever reason and you have knowledge and skills that are in demand and the ability to communicate them. Common consulting areas include financial planning, writing, graphic design, real estate, sales and business management.

Consulting is a Lifestyle

Certain lifestyle changes also commonly go along with becoming a consultant. It is often easier to work from home, or at least spend more time working from home, in a consulting career. Many consultants work for themselves with no boss, though there are also consulting firms as another possible option, and customer service provided to clients is also always important for a consultant. Those who are retired but want to keep active and still make a certain amount of money may also want to consult, and consulting can be a source of supplemental income to exist alongside a part-time or full-time job. Sometimes people get laid off from full-time positions with employers but can then work part-time for those same employers as consultants, though these consultants should also look for other clients in order to be prudent. Consultants often work alone, but may also work in teams.

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How to Be a Good Client for a Consultant

May 29 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

A healthy and positive working relationship is as important to the consultant as it is to you the client. Before you outsource your project, you need to understand the effect you will have on the success or otherwise of the project. To understand that you must first appreciate what it means to outsource.

How to be a good client?

There are a number of ways in which you can take a lead role in providing direction and support to both your external consultants and your permanent staff. To make this responsibility as straight forward as possible, take the time to:

  • Define clearly the scope of the project and the deliverables you expect the consultant to accomplish.
  • Align the scope of your project with your strategic plan. Is this the most cost effective solution? If not, re-consider your decision before committing valuable resources.
  • Consider using a reputable consulting company to help you determine which direction you should take and what solution(s) will help you to meet your strategic objectives. You will save time, effort and money in the long run.
  • Consider using the same consulting company to match your project requirements with the best consultants for the assignment. Unless you have external consultants who you use or have used previously, getting assistance at this stage can minimize any risk that may be associated with outsourcing. The better consulting companies will also screen the consultants, manage the whole verification and pre-selection process for you, and provide the means by which consultants can submit their proposals to you.
  • Decide which consultant is the best fit for your company taking into account all aspects of the proposal such as qualifications, references, track record, pricing, and how the project will be managed including timelines, milestones and key measures of success.

You are now ready to continue your lead role and manage the project at the strategic level.

Your permanent staff will support you and the consultants when you have made the effort to explain the reasons why external resources have been chosen to complete this important project. Explain who has been chosen, why they have been chosen and what they will accomplish.

As well as communicating with your permanent staff, make sure the consultants:

  • Are aware of the sensitivity of the situation.
  • Are fully conversant with company policies and procedures.
  • Understand the precise terms and conditions of the project.
  • Know that you will meet the company’s commitments as outlined in the agreement including resources and payment schedules.
  • How to report progress and how often.
  • Know how and to whom they should communicate if and when issues arise.

You are still the primary link between the consultants and your permanent staff, until the project is fully underway. Monitor the early stages as your permanent staff and consultants integrate and form their working relationships. Intervene only if and when necessary.

Provide every resource needed to enable the consultant to perform to the best of his or her ability. More often than not, consultants will over-deliver and exceed your expectations, helping to build a strong working relationship. Support your consultants and your permanent staff throughout the project and both will regard you as a good employer. Make sure consultant invoices are paid according to payment schedules to ensure service continuity.

You are placing the future success of your company in the hands of a consultant or consultant team when you outsource a project. You have chosen to place your trust and money in people you do not necessarily know. Therefore, you must conduct effective due diligence in finding the appropriate consultants for your strategic projects.

Minimize the risk by seeking assistance through a reputable consultant matching service to identify qualified consultants that will provide you with the right solution, on time and within your budget.

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Top 7 Ways You Save Money With Virtual Consulting

May 29 2023 Published by admin under Uncategorized

There are many ways in which You may Save Money by utilizing Virtual Consulting, Virtual Consultants and a Virtual Consulting Firm to help you satisfy your business needs!

In this article we will briefly discuss the Top 7 Ways in which You may Save Money by utilizing Virtual Consulting, Virtual Consultants and a Virtual Consulting Firm to help you satisfy of your business needs, OK?

The first three (3) Money Saving items, below, are ways in which You may Save Money by utilizing Virtual Consulting and Virtual Consultants relative to the costs of utilizing “traditional” consultants that you or they require that they work at your site/facilities. You should be able to realize these Significant Money Savings whether utilizing independent Virtual Consultants and/or Virtual Consultants from a Virtual Consulting Firm, namely:

1) You Save Money on Travel and Living Expenses

By utilizing Virtual Consultants who work remotely/virtually from wherever in the world they happen to be, you don’t have to pay all of the travel and living expenses generally if you or the consultant requires that they work at your site/facilities, you know?

These travel and living expenses, you save by utilizing Virtual Consultants, may include any to all of the following:

* Airfare

* Rental cars

* Hotels

* Meals

* Per Diems

* Etc.

And some “traditional consultants” will even bill you for all of the time they spend traveling to/from your site and their “home/base”, you know?

All of these travel and living expenses can really mount up when you have to fly each consultant in and out to your site(s) every week for potentially months on end!, you know?

Virtual Consultants provide you their consulting services remotely/virtually. This means you don’t incur any of these types of travel and living expenses by utilizing Virtual Consulting, you see?

So …

How much money would it immediately save you if you didn’t have to pay all of these travel and living expenses for each/all of the consultants you may wish to engage to help you satisfy your business needs?

2) You Save Money on Facilities

Virtual Consultants work from their own offices, homes and/or wherever they happen to be.

Therefore, you do not have to provide facilities, e.g. offices, conference rooms, telephones, etc. for any of the Virtual Consultants you utilize, you know?

How much money might you save by not having to provide the facilities for each/all of the consultants you may engage to help you satisfy your business needs?

3) You Save Money on Computer and Office Equipment

Virtual Consultants use their own computers and office equipment to perform their consulting services for you.

Therefore, you do not have to provide additional computer or office equipment for any of the Virtual Consultants you utilize to use, which a traditional consultant would likely need to use while working at your site. Further, none of your staff has to spend their time setting up, configuring and/or cleaning up computers and/or networks just for your consultants to use at your site, you know?

How much money would you also save by not having to provide and manage all of the additional computers, networks and office equipment for each/all of the consultants you may engage to help you satisfy all of your consulting needs?

The next two (2) Money Saving items, below, are additional ways in which You may Save More Money by utilizing Virtual Consulting and Virtual Consultants versus having to recruit, hire, employ and your own employees to provide these services, complete these projects and/or tasks to satisfy your same business needs, namely:

4) You Save Money on your Human Resources

Why have to carry employees on your payroll all the time, when you may only need their particular skills, talents, and/or experience for particular tasks, projects and/or part of the time?

Why not just pay for the resources with the skills, talents, and/or experiences you need just when you need them, e.g. to complete a particular task or project?

Virtual Consulting provides you with with access to a “Just In Time (JIT)” flexible workforce. You can engage just the Virtual Consultants that you need and just when you need them to complete your particular tasks and projects. These resources then don’t cost you anything when you aren’t using / don’t need them!, you know?

Further, by utilizing Virtual Consultants, you don’t have to pay all of costs associated with providing all of the benefits that you would have to when employing your own full time employees, you know?

So …

How much money would you also save by utilizing Virtual Consultants and not having to carry all of the employees on your payroll all the time, from whom you may only need their particular skills, talents, and/or experience for particular tasks, projects and/or part of the time?

5) You Save Money on Recruiting and Hiring

Having access to this type of flexible workforce of Virtual Consultants also allows your business to Save Money by being able to more efficiently and effectively “ramp up” or “scale back” your human resources with all of the “ebbs” and “flows” of your business, you know?

You don’t have to incure all of the additional costs of posting jobs, recruiting candidates, hiring and training new employees to address seasonal variations in your business, new projects and/or unexpected increases in your business that may not last forever, right?

You may quickly and easily engage all of the Virtual Consultants to more efficiently and effectively match your human resources with your business needs at any time! and Save Money in the process, you know?

The final, for now, two (2) Money Saving items, below, are additional ways in which You may Save even More Money by engaging a Virtual Consulting Firm who provides all of the Virtual Consultants and Virtual Consulting services to satisfy your business needs, versus having to recruit, hire, employ and your own employees to provide these services and satisfy these same business needs, namely:

6) You Save Money finding the Right Resource for the “Job”

Do you realize how much time, effort and money it costs you to find the right person to successfully perform a particular “job” / complete a particular project or task?

It has been my experience as both a corporate hiring manager and as the Principal of a consulting firm, that the Pareto principle, more commonly known as the 80/20 Rule, applies in these situations as well! This means that for every position for which you are trying to hire an employee or find the right consultant, and in each phase of this process, only 20% of the people you interview or hire/engage will be the right person for that job or task. That means that you are likely to hire/engage up to five (5) different people before you find the right/best person for that job or task. Spending all of this time and effort to find this one (1) right person may be very time consuming and very costly!, you know? And you have to start all over with this whole process each time you need to replace someone for whatever reason, you know?

You may avoid all of this lost time, effort and these costs by employing a Virtual Consulting Firm that takes care of all of that for you! :) A good Virtual Consulting Firm will find the right person for each job, task or project for you! Further, a good Virtual Consulting Firm will replace any consultants as needed, for whatever reason, completely transparently to you!

So …

How much more time, effort and Money will this Save You by engaging a Virtual Consulting Firm to provide you with the right person for each job, task or project you need for your business?

7) You may Save Significant amounts of Money on Consulting Rates

Even many independent Virtual Consultants may offer you significantly lower rates for their consulting services if they are able to remotely/virtually simple due to the benefits of Virtual Consulting to them and their strong preference to be able to work from wherever they want, you know?

A good Virtual Consulting Firm may further be able to offer you lower rates for the specific consulting services you need to satisfy your specific business needs. They are able to offer you these better rates by having access to many Virtual Consultants of various levels, skills and experiences such that they may match the right consultants with the best rates for your specific requirements and business needs, you see?

Further, a Virtual Consulting Firm is itself typically a virtual organization, they generally don’t have the traditional overhead of facilities, etc. and are able to capitalize on all of the aforementioned Money Saving benefits. Therefore, they are able to pass these savings on to you in the form of lower consulting rates, and you ultimately Save More Money!, you see?

So …

Given all of these ways, discussed herein, in which you may Save Money by utilizing Virtual Consulting, Virtual Consultants and a Virtual Consulting Firm, Just think of all of the Money You may Save by starting to utilize Virtual Consulting, Virtual Consultants and a Virtual Consulting Firm to help you satisfy your business needs Today!

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