How To Become A Consultant In 5 Simple Steps

How easy is it to drop what you are doing and get paid as a consultant?

Can you actually make more as a consultant than in your current job?

Use this guide to see how you can get your consulting business up and running in 5 simple steps.

BEFORE YOU CONTINUE: Consultants are NOT the same as coaches. Click here to see why. If you're looking for a guide on becoming a coach instead, click here.

1. Identify Your Niche

By now you should already know the niche you want to start consulting in because it's probably in the industry that you have the most experience in.

For instance, if the only thing you know about the computer games industry is that you like playing video games, then you're probably not a good fit to consult on computer games.

If on the other-hand, you CURRENTLY work in the computer game space and you have extensive experience, you can most likely become a freelance consultant.

Not sure if your current experience can be turned into consulting?

This is easy to answer.

Are there currently freelance consultants working in your industry?

If the answer is yes, then you're good to go.

If it's no, then most likely not. Still it's worth exploring if you are in an up and coming industry like tech and automation.

2. Get Certified

If you're not already and there are popular accreditation in your field, then make sure you go out and get yourself certified.

You'll be more likely to get hired and paid more if you are already certified. You can use this tool to search for certifications in your industry if you're not sure.

3. Design Your Consulting Packages

Before you start looking for clients, it's important that you have something to offers prospects. For this we like to recommend the rule of 3 so you can take advantage of some price anchoring.

Come up with 3 consulting packages:

  1. One time (example: one hour session @ $800)
  2. Partial consulting (example: weekly consulting @ $2000/month)
  3. Full project (you manage the entire project @ negotiated price)

When you display your packages like this, most will opt for the middle tier option because it's the best deal.

This is great because it allows you to stay flexible and work with multiple clients at the same time.

4. Create Your Website

In short, this step doesn't have to be difficult.

Your website SHOULD be simple and only necessary for anyone who hears about you either through an in-person interaction or through Linked In (coming up next).

I also DON'T recommend paying an expensive designer to do this for you. If you do, you will end up paying at least 10 times more than you would by doing it yourself.

Besides, it's easy!

How To Create A Consulting Website

STEP 1: Sign Up To A LOW COST Web Host

For this, I recommend getting this startup package by SiteGround which is only $3.95/month when paid a year upfront. You also have to pay $15.95 for your domain name.

Total cost (12 months): $63.35

STEP 2: Install WordPress

This is the software you use to create your website and it's free.

1. Sign in, click on My Accounts, then Go to cPanel

2. Click on the WordPress icon

3. Click on Install Now

4. Enter your details in like the following:

5. Create a username and password and write it down so you don't forget!

6. Check the box for WordPress Starter and click on Install

STEP 3: Install A Theme

For this you don't need anything too flashy and you can install a free theme from within WordPress after you sign in.

1. Click on Appearance >> Themes, then Add New (button at the top)

2. Search for consulting and install a theme that matches your industry

STEP 4: Customize Your Theme

This part may take a little time, however it's important that you focus on keeping your website as simple as possible.

As soon as you find yourself trying to make your site look perfect, stop yourself and take a break.

Your goal should be to display the following in an easy to read manner:

  1. About you
  2. Your services
  3. How to contact you

That's it. Everything else related to building a website is unnecessary and a waste of time.

5. Get Clients On Linked In

Let's face it, the only place online you really need to show up on is Linked In.

Sure, you could fool around on other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, however the bulk of your clients will come from LinkedIn connections.

Not sure how to use Linked In to get clients? It's about time you learn how!

This free Linked In training is the best I have seen when it comes to building relationships and getting clients, especially for consultants.

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If you're a coach or a consultant, this training will show you how to start booking high ticket clients on LinkedIn.

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