Finding Work As A Consultant!
In our last article, we discussed consulting as a viable way of providing short-term income. However, getting started can be a challenge for anyone. This article will talk about a few ways of getting some work early and staying busy.
Freelance websites: There are a number of websites dedicated to freelance work that can help you get started with a few consulting assignments. oDesk.com and eLance.com is an international company that connects freelancers and employers. The pay scale is not high, but the volume of work can be. If you are willing to work hard for a low wage for a few weeks, these sites can quickly help you get established as a freelance consultant. Then you can quickly increase your rates to match those seen in the business world.
Community Groups: Attending local community groups and user groups can be a great source of consulting assignments. These groups attract a number of individuals who have on-going projects and a need for individuals with specific focused skills. Build relationships within these groups. Then announce that you are available within the group. This can quickly lead to new contracts.
Friends, Family, and Co-workers: Reach out to each of these groups. They are likely already familiar with your specialty and area of expertise. Plus, they can be the best advocates for your new consulting objectives. Share with everyone you know that you are available for select assignments and ask that they pass on the message. This word of mouth is the best way to attract attention to your capabilities, especially if you already have a good following in the business community.
Before exploring consulting as a viable option, you should prepare for a lot of hard work and plan how your consulting objectives fit your long term career objectives.