So you think you can set up a consulting firm and show these companies how to get back on track? I imagine before you make a business checking account out in your name there are more than a few questions and ideas that should pass through your mind. So let’s give you a leg up.
Insure your business. Have a meeting with either an insurance agent or broker on the needed coverage for your business. Coverage recommendations would be: health insurance, disability coverage and of course general liability. This ensures smooth sailing for your business and no choppy waves.
Make your business known online: You need a description of your services, complete with all your contact information. Don’t have the money for a website yet? You can set up a profile with directories like LinkedIn and ZoomInfo. Also, you can create a free website on many different platforms until you get a hosted domain up and running.
Print business cards. You will be on the move between seminars, lunch meetings and attending conferences. Best to have your business card exclaiming your name, consultant and contact information. The business card is as important as your handshake and word.
Have small business experience or speak to a SBA accountant: You need to understand how to pay your quarterly taxes, how to create structure to your business and now what business expenses can and will be deductible.
Set up the office space and phone line. No one is saying you cannot have your business operations from your own living space; however it might be wiser to looking into rented space. Working out of your home can have a myriad of issues from the distractions of those that live with you to your mind not staying focused on the week’s work at hand. It is also recommended to have a land-line for this office space so you do not tie up a personal home phone or cell phone. Once your consulting firm takes off you will be receiving a lot of calls from potential clients and they have to know they can rely on you getting back at your earliest convenience.
Safe mailing address: If your business is at home and you do not feel completely comfortable with your home address being on your letterheads. I would recommend a mailbox at the local post offices or a UPS Store. This is a Godsend when you live in an area can that FedEx and UPS cannot leave packages at your doorstep.
Letting others know you are in the consulting business. Informing people you are interested in projects and ready to work with clients. Explain all details of what services you offer, the projects you are looking to handle and who your optimal clients need be.
NETWORK!!!: You can never say where your next project will be or which client will be the one that puts you on the map, so you must be in regular contact with your potential clients. Set a goal number of people you want to set lunch dates and phone calls for the week. Never stop networking even when you have plenty of work already.
Consulting work is difficult and time consuming. You are ready for the grind, so strut your stuff and don’t be too surprised when people take notice for a job well done. Luck alone does not make a business. Diligence, standing by your work and going that extra mile will make you a success and give your clients everything they were looking for.
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