Becoming a business consultant is not really a big deal, but becoming a business consultant with class is the real deal. It is easier for people to claim to be business consultant simply because they have the academic qualifications or because they have been able to manage one or two businesses in time past. If your intention is to become a business consultant- someone who provides professional counseling to businesses, then you must be willing to pay the price.

No doubt, businesses needs professionals who are known as business consultants to provide advisory services to them at different stages of their business and they are always willing to pay any reasonable professional fee, as long as they are certain that they will get the result they desire. So, if your intention is to start your own business as a business consultant, then you should have proven over and over again that you have what it takes to help businesses grow.

If you have been able to gather the required academic and professional qualifications, and also have reasonable years of on – the – job experience in relevant professional that have worked with SMEs, and even larger corporations, then you should consider starting out as a business consultants.

One thing that will open more business opportunities to you as a business consultant is your ability to think outside the box and proffer lasting solutions to the challenges business owner faces. But the truth is that before you can be given the opportunity to show what you can do, your professional profile will first be considered.

Now let us quickly go through some steps that will guide you to become a business consultant;

How to Become a Highly Paid Business Consultant

1. Research about the Business Consulting Trade

Becoming a business consultant is not as simple as it sounds; there are many areas that you can specialize as a business consultant. What is expected of you to do before starting your business is to take out time to research on the industry in order for you to get all the required information that will help you.

When researching, ensure that you list all the qualifications and certifications that will give you edge in the market place, how to get such qualifications, the areas and field you are expected to gather experience from and any relevant association that you are supposed to join et al. You can as well pick a notable and successful business consultant that you know and study him critically to know how he attained such position.

2. Get the Required Academic and Professional Qualifications

First and foremost, if you want to become a business consultant, you should work towards obtaining a university degree in a business related field (Business Administration, Business Management and Economics et al) and also you are expected to have an MBA and perhaps a PhD if you truly want to command respect in your industry. There are other professional certifications that you should also obtain.

3. Get the Required Working Experience

If your desire is to start your business as a business consultant, then you should carefully select the industry and job roles available to you. You stand the chance to gain relevant experience if you work in a business consulting firm.

The truth is that if you work in a multinational business consulting firm and you are able to grow through the ladder of the organization, it will be much easier for you to succeed as a business consultant when you start your own business consulting organization. Organizations respect people who have cut their teeth in a reputable firm.

4. Register Your Business and Obtain the Required Business License

If you are convinced that starting your own business as a business consultants is the right thing for you to do, then you should go ahead to register your business with the corporate affairs commissions of your country.

Once you register your business, ensure that you make enquiries to know the relevant business license and permit you would need and also how to obtain them. Different countries and even different states in the US have different requirements for new businesses, you can visit the nearest state secretary office to find out the requirements.

5. Setup Your Office

Although, you can work from home as a business consultants, but it is more appropriate to work from an office facility. If you don’t have the financial capacity to rent an office space, you can rent a shared office space or even a virtual office space. Once you are able to secure an office space, the basic office equipment you need to get started are office table and office chairs (at least 3), computer, printer, photocopier, fax machine, telephone and cabin for filing documents.

6. Print Your Business Card and Prepare Templates of Business Proposals

As a business consultant, your business card is your major marketing tool, so ensure that you design and print a good business card. There would always be opportunities to network with business people that might need your services so ensure that you are armed with your business cards whenever you go out. You can as well prepare templates of business proposals, once you have a workable templates, it is easier for you to customize it to suit your clients.

7. Market Your Services

Marketing your products in the most result oriented way is one of the best things that can happen to you. As such, you have got to have some solid marketing plans in place. Decide whether you want to use the internet, or you want to use printed fliers to pull things off. You may also consider intimating folks on what you do by word of mouth. You may also look at attending some networking events that can help you make your business known.

These are some of the imperative tips that you have to take seriously if you want to start your own business as a consultant. Do note that there are whole lot more that can be learnt when you continue to seek out ways to be the best in your field.

Ajaero Tony Martins