Steve Silvers feels that there are many types of business consultancy jobs available in the market and one should be serious to choose the one that suits them. A consultant should be serious and should have sound business acumen.
A consultant should have a business card and should have a website to guide them says Steve Silvers. A sound social media presence is a must to succeed
Steve Silvers on tips to succeed as a business consultant
One should be honest, and one should ensure that there won’t be any additional expenses on the client. Assume that a consultant has as small office to work and the consultant should not be shy of talking with clients there.
As a consultant, one should be prepared to get late payments, and that means one should have a sound financial plan and backup. There should be a sound plan for repaying of business loans, and one should ensure that the cost factor will not override the income factor
It is better to get a good consultant that can bring in a good name. If possible it is better to engage with the past employer, and that can give a sound reputation in the business market.
It is better not to promise anything big, but one should strive to ensure that delivery is top notch and there are good things that can be done on consulting. Make sure that one makes the best effort to keep up with a deadline and that will save the blushes.
Every consultant will look for that big project, and there is no harm in starting on small projects. For a consultant, every project is a showcase, and this will help in ensuring that clients get to understand the portfolio and the quality that consultant brings to the table.
The schedules and deliverables should be agreed by the consultant and the client not on oral basis but by written agreement.
Proposals should be clear, and there should be a clear communication with clients. If consultant feels that a client is bragging and they are not satisfied, then they can decently remove the client without hurting sentiments.
Types of business consultancy
Strategic consultants are present at the top order of management, and they come with a corporate and organizational strategy. The aim of these consultants is to give advice and step back without overlooking whether that is implemented or not. A high skill in analytics and quantitative skill is needed to succeed in this job.
Human resource is an important part of every organization, and the role of human resource consultant is to bring a different dimension to human resource problems. There will be issues of employee discontent that may be boiling, and the department may need help to ensure that everything is in order.
A financial consultant should be well versed in share and forex trading and should have the sound financial knowledge to guide the company forward. Steve Silvers feels that finance consultant should have through knowledge of tax laws of a country and should have sound knowledge of mergers and other areas of finance.