I could give you a soft and cuddly picture of how rosy the life of a consultant is – but that would just be a load of rubbish. Becoming a consultant, and a successful one to boot, isn’t for the faint of heart.
Consultants Are Much Like Business Owners
Very little in life and in business is easy. And consulting is no different. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, being a consultant is much the same as being a business owner – really that’s what you are. All the headaches, ups and downs associated with owning a business will become part of your everyday life as a consultant.
There’s finding new clients, get agreements signed, invoicing and billing issues, client management issues, the list goes on. You get the point, right? There’s just lots of different parts you’ll need to stay on top of.
But don’t let me scare you away from joining the consulting ranks. There are many advantages as well: the freedom to structure your day and be flexible, the almost unlimited earning potential, the ability to work with practically any company in any industry to mention just a few.
It does take a lot of work though. For many getting up and going to work for 8 or 9am and then coming home at 5 or 6pm is a better way to live life. In some ways this may be true, you go to work do you job and come home – that’s it. When you become a consultant I can tell you you’ll be thinking of your work and clients much more often than that.
Get Your Steel Balls Ready
You need pig headed determination. What some men might refer to a pair of steel balls to deal with all the blows you’ll receive during the tough times. More importantly though, you’ll need the ability to keep focused and constantly motivate yourself to not give up and keep pushing forward.
There are other things to consider, but I believe these are some of the key areas that will help you to decide if becoming a consultant is right for you. If you have other questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.