The anonymous quote "never do anything for free when you can get paid to do it’ is the lifeblood of a business consultant. If you have the natural eye to look over a company’s operations and determine its successes and failures, you can have an extremely rewarding career as a consultant who works with businesses both large and small to guide them towards better profitability. Consultants can do anything from study invoices to interview managers to study ten years’ worth of statistics in order to help a company succeed. Entrepreneur reports that no less than twelve billion dollars changes hands each year as companies ask consultants to help their organization grow and succeed. How can you become part of this job market?
Develop Business Expertise
Consider An MBA
Though it may not be necessary if you can find employment with a consulting firm, an MBA gives you the tools needed to become a mid-level manager or even an executive. Since these managers represent the pool that most consultants draw from, and since consultants interact mainly with management, an MBA lets you understand the business world from an analytical point of view. Upon graduation, you can choose whether to return to a company as a manager or begin your career as a consultant.
1 to 5 years
Becoming A Consultant
Just like a doctor needs a great deal of experience before they can perform surgery, so too do consultants need years or even decades of work before they can get paid for their opinion. To actually start business consulting, you may need to stand out to the point where a consulting firm recruits your, which can take a very long time. A faster, but more riskier, track for many will be opening their own consultation firm. This can be a one-man operation or it can involve several partners, but you will need a professional license and a business plan to succeed. Then, you can begin to market yourself and find clients.