Find your niche as a consultant

There are any number of people who dream of leaving their employees’ working lives and dream of becoming a consultant of some kind. So to help these people in their dreams, I’d like to share what I’ve seen over the years (myself being a consultant), in terms of some of the more common “consulting niches” or “disciplines” that one can pursue. This list includes the following:

business Consulting

  • Business strategic planning

  • Business planning / strategy development

  • Business Process Design and Business Process Re-Engineering

  • Business Performance Consulting – KPI Metrics Development and Measurement, ISO Certifications, Six Sigma, etc.

  • Business disruption planning / disaster recovery planning

  • Product Planning, Product Design, Product Development Planning

  • Financial planning, raising capital, investment planning

  • Going Public Consulting

information Technology

  • Programming of Core Application Systems

  • website development

  • Graphic Art – Website and social media (pictures, videos, logos, products, etc.)

  • Network and device management and support

  • Database development, management and support

  • Interface Development and 3rd Party Interface Development

  • Data warehousing, Data Mining and CPI / Statistical Report Development

  • Strategic planning and architectural strategy development (application systems, infrastructure, performance, etc.)

Financial advice

  • Outsourced / In-sourced book-storage services

  • tax advice

  • Advice, preparation and submission of government grants (SR&ED grants, etc.)

  • Salary management, receivables, receivables and banking

  • Marketing Consulting

  • Marketing Plan Development

  • Advertising development (directional planning, budgeting, partner definition and contracting, target market definition and profiling, etc.)

  • Creating ads (add-ons, videos, news articles, store display, website display, social media, etc.)

  • Product preparation (packaging, labeling, user guides, price studies and prices, etc.)

Human Resource Advice

  • Organizational planning (business structures, definition of resource structure, definition of control of definition, etc.)

  • Resource / Skills Definition, responsibility Matrix and scheduling requirements

  • Personnel and recruitment, background checks, job boards, etc.

  • Labor relations, contract negotiations, etc.

  • Benefits and compensation planning

  • Performance Monitoring, Salary / Payroll Management, Recognition and Rewards

  • Conflict management and resolution, human rights violations, etc.

travel Advisory

  • Trip booking and trip / trip planning

  • Bookings of flights, cruises, hotel and car rental

  • Wardrobe Consultant

  • destination Planning

  • Creating travel brochure, creating custom destination package

  • Passport and travel document preparation and submission

  • Accommodation and accommodation services

  • Tour development, marketing and management

  • Trip, Timeshare, Cruise, etc. – Telephone Marketing Companies

In summary, your life-long skills will lead you down viable paths to begin your consulting career. Before you get started, however, be sure to prepare for it by creating what you may need in the form of templates such as suggestions, unveiled appointments, checklists, tools, supplies, etc. the more you have prepared in advance, the better the quality of deliveries you can create to your clients and the less strain it will have on you to create them, especially if you are under time constraints to get things to a client or potential customer.

Know your markets and target customers, and understand in advance how much you can charge for an hourly rate for what you do and how much you can charge for travel and related expenses. Always try to negotiate travel expenses for your contract wherever you can. If you cannot embed it as a visible component of the negotiated agreement, you must incorporate it into your billing hour or day rate to the customer so that you do not end up working too cheaply.

Look for some kind of front-end holder for expenses where possible if out of town. It is much easier to expose your time spent than the actual expenses you have had to pay on your credit cards if the client does not pay you. Incorporate this into your contract if you feel it is necessary and do not arrive on site until you have this money.

Some trails may allow you to start slow or part-time, and it may be beneficial to complete the first engagement or two while still having a feature if you can, as counseling is not ultimately for everyone. Lastly, remember that when consulting a client’s website, a consultant is usually expected to know more than most in-house staff do about your chosen area of ​​expertise!