How to Become a Consultant. Consultants offer skills, knowledge and expertise to other people or businesses. A consultant's job is to solve problems, make recommendations, give advice and provide specialized work, like networking, programming, web developing, technical support, interior decorating, writing or accounting services. Compensation for consultants is by the hour, by the job or by the project. They are not employees of the hiring company.
Think about becoming a consultant and figure out if it is a good choice for you. People choose this line of work for a number of reasons such as wanting to start a business, working from home while raising their children, supplementing income with additional work, and retirees wanting to keep busy.
Determine if you are a leader, self starter, ambitious, energetic, organized and disciplined enough to become a consultant.
Find out as much information as you can about becoming a consultant before making a decision. As a consultant you will be able to make your own hours and take vacation or sick time when you want. You will have the option to choose your clients and accept or refuse assignments.
Remember, if you become a consultant you will not have a guaranteed weekly paycheck, benefits, life insurance or health insurance.
Make sure you are prepared to become a consultant. Some fields require formal training, license or certificate such as accounting, insurance, real estate, financial planning, fundraising and engineering.
Acknowledge that you have considered everything and do want to become a consultant. Create a realistic plan on how to achieve your goal allowing yourself enough time.