What is a Consultant and what do they do?

Consultants Help Others Start Working in Many Businesses

You may be hearing the word consultant tossed around a lot these days, and may be seeing a lot of people pop up with that title. So, I want to explain a few things about what a consultant is and what they do. I personally consider myself a consultant, but I am also an assistant. So I technically have two titles. Many business owners who are just starting out are looking for someone to help guide them through this process, and to help them get to the next level, so do they hire a consultant or a coach? Is there a difference? These are the things that I’m going to answer for you today.

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What is a consultant?

Consultants are moms and/or dads that have expertise in areas where others want to work, but just do not know where to start. They can help mom’s start writing, doing party sales, starting websites or blogs and even work with them to develop online stores. They are usually compensated for their time in one way or another, but some will do this free of charge. If you want to make money working at home, you can give a free sample of your services until word gets out and people start contacting you for help. Then you can start charging for your services.

Consultant or Assistant?

If you have some area of expertise, you can set up a website advertising your services. You should also visit forums and message boards to tell others what you do. You might think that consultants cannot make money working form home on the Internet, but the truth is that one particular consultant that helps others set up blogs and run contests to make money makes more than one hundred thousand dollars a year. This is a great income for showing people how to do something that comes so easy to you. I would be careful about classifying yourself as a consultant when doing these types of tasks as it’s easy to be mistaken for a virtual assistant. Consultants go a bit above a virtual assistant as they are a bit more researched and also try to share that with their clients to help them understand how the service is helping their client’s business as well. Virtual Assistants are paid to assist with certain tasks and are not always researched and well versed on the ins and outs of why they are doing what they are doing, they just know how to do that particular task well.

How is Consulting done?

Most of the consulting is done via IM messenger. You should have access to at least three top messenger services. Once you start advertising, you want to set your hours so that you are not expected to be online twenty-four hours a day. Then you can arrange individual sessions or group sessions. You make more money with group sessions than you do with individual sessions. Most consultants also use a web cam so that everyone can see them and they can use visual affects in their work.

I suggest using zoom.us for group sessions. There are others out there such as webinar platforms and other video services, but I’ve found zoom.us to be the easiest and best use.

If you have something that you have accomplished when working at home, you could start your own consulting business to help others. Some consultants are eBay sellers who have now taken on the job of helping others succeed at selling at auctions sites. This is a popular area to enter into. All you have to do is guide others and see them succeed as you did. This type of work is very rewarding. Consultants take pride in their work and always want others to make it.

How to get started as a Consultant?

As a consultant, you should set up a website displaying your services, but also your accomplishments. This can be done in many different ways. You can do screen shows of your earnings, which is a great way to show people that you do indeed make money at what you do. Then you could write a tutorial detailing what is needed and sell that along with your service. There are so many ways to make money working as a consultant.

Once word gets out that you do know what you are doing and how you have helped others, more people will want to have your help. If you decide to start charging right away, you will have to have some substantial credentials so that people will know what they are getting for their money. You need to build up a following so that you can draw from that to find new business.

Start out slow and work at building a business, which will just be another accomplishment you can add to your list of accomplishments. People will want to know how you do it and start asking for your help.

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