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Three Tips on How to Start a Consulting Business


Three Tips on How to Start a Consulting Business

A lot of people become excited about starting a consulting business when they find themselves at one of life's crossroads, but they tend to hit snags when it comes to the practical work they need to accomplish in order to make it happen. Some people simply become overwhelmed by the process, which is understandable given the nature of how most human beings handle change. Thankfully, if you are wondering how to start a consulting business today, you have a much easier road ahead of you than I did when I got started.

I've been consulting for two decades, now, and I'm amazed by the ease with which people can become consultants with the availability of modern technology and the connectedness of the world through the Internet. That's why I'd like to help you by sharing a few tips on how to start a consulting business successfully. You'll find that the process is quite simple, and you'll also find that the overwhelming feelings you might be experiencing should dissipate once you understand the basic goals you need to meet in order to start your new business.

  1. Understand the Power of the Reticular Activating System

    In a previous post entitled, “How to be a Consultant,” I mentioned the Reticular Activating System and how you can use it to prime your brain for future successes. It's important to understand how becoming mentally ready for consulting success is essential to starting your business. If you've prepared your brain by envisioning success in consulting, you're more likely to be open to opportunities as they arise. To be a bit more practical about it, developing the mindset of a successful consultant will help you work your way through the process of starting your business because your goals will always be on your mind. Therefore, you will have a much easier experience when it comes to the nuts and bolts of getting your business off to a great start.

  2. Use Technology to Your Advantage

    If you're like most people these days, you probably own a smartphone. Frankly, your smartphone is all you really need to start your consulting business as far as equipment is concerned. With modern technology, you can connect with anyone from virtually any location on the globe. This means that the barrier of entry to a consulting career is virtually non existent. You don't need to worry about establishing a physical office space, nor do you have to concern yourself with purchasing servers, land lines, desktop computers or expensive printers. If you are moderately familiar with using modern devices like your smartphone or your tablet, you can eliminate many of the costs and hassles that you might be associating with a potential consulting career.

  3. Consider the Power of Community

    Given the nature of modern technology and our connected world, working independently as a consultant means that you'll have to work a bit harder to maintain relationships with your peers. You won't see them at the office every day, and you probably won't run into them on a regular basis out in the world. That's why it's so important to do what you can to connect with a network of other fledgling consultants. By connecting with other consultants, you can become aware of opportunities as they arise while learning tips, tricks and other secrets on a regular basis. If you're concerned about the dangers of going into business by yourself, this tip is essential.

By focusing on these three tips on how to start a consulting business, you will feel much more confident as you move forward. Starting your own business is a challenge, but it's one that can be met successfully if you're focused on what it takes to be effective. Fortunately, starting your consulting business is easier now than it ever was before.

Are you thinking about starting your own consulting business? You can learn more from Buddy Hobart by reading his free ebook, “Experience Matters,” or by downloading any of the other fantastic consulting resources we have available here on Ex3matters.com.