Do you have expert knowledge about something that could help businesses? Do you like giving advice?
Have you ever wondered what a consultant actually does, and if this job would be a good fit for you?
What Do Consultants Do?
Consultants give expert advice. The consulting process often involves identifying and defining issues, doing research, and recommending solutions.
Many industries benefit from the niche expertise of consultants, for example :
⚖ law firms
🏛 governmental organizations
📚 academic institutions
🛠 engineering firms
What Are Pros And Cons Of Being A Consultant?
Challenging and rewarding
Expand and improve your skills and knowledge
Flexibility and freedom
Recognition as an expert in the field
Opportunity to work with a variety of people
Unstable income and workload
Lack of benefits (need to find own insurance)
Pressure to meet project deadlines or risk damaging stakeholder relationships
Responsible for own career advancement
Consulting might be a good option for people who like which of the following?
none of these
How Do I Become A Consultant?
Figure out what you can offer: in what area(s) do you have specialized expertise?
An advanced degree (a master's or Ph.D.) may be required
Several years of experience is usually necessary to show you're an expert
Check out job listings either as a full-time consultant or freelancer
Consider consulting as a side gig first to see if it's right for you
When you are starting out, search a recruitment platform like Flexjobs or Upwork to find flexible and remote consulting jobs
How Much Does A Consultant Earn?
Average pay in the U.S.
$66,949/year or $32.82/hour
Management consultant: $88,834/yr or $58.87/hour
Average pay in Canada
C$55,066/year or $27.23/hour
Management consultant: C$77,934/yr or C$48.54/hour
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