The real magic in becoming a consultant is that there are as many different paths to success as there are people who make the attempt and succeed. Successful consulting can come to a wet-behind-the-ears college graduate as well as it can to the twenty-year veteran business owner of a mom-and-pop flower shop. Your consulting education is as real as you can convince someone it is. A large part of success in this field comes from persistence, promotion, and force of personality.
Let’s take a look at the college graduate. The job market is tough out there and maybe he can’t find anything suited to his four (or more) years of business classes. The answer is to become a consultant. Surely he learned something for all that tuition money paid and, even if it wasn’t firsthand knowledge gained scratching, clawing, and coaxing an actual business to survive in a dog-eat-dog world of competitors, he should know enough to offer his book knowledge for consulting. The thing to keep in mind, from his point of view, is that many potential business owners don’t know the first thing about how to open or run a business successfully. They’re dreamers and need guidance to survive.
For the veteran business owner, there’s no consulting education like standing behind your own counter on the front lines of the retail wars. While he may have never cracked a business theory book in his life, he did okay with a mix of common sense and good luck. He has the knowledge in his head that other budding entrepreneurs would gladly pay for an hour or more of his time to pick his brain. The smart ones would rather learn from the mistakes of another than experience them firsthand. It’s worth paying someone to point out where the invisible potholes in the road are.
The point to this is that almost anyone can be a consultant if they want to. It would be the rare person indeed who has no knowledge about anything worth sharing and profiting from. Sit down in a quiet place and think about your life. Jobs, hobbies, activities. There’s a good chance you could turn one of them into a consulting career and, if you’re good at it, charge much more per hour than you’re earning right now at your job.
The Speaking of Wealth Team
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