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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Computer Consultant: How Do You Get to Be One?

If you want to be a computer consultant, you will need to have a basic understanding of computer systems, good problem-solving skills and a strong desire to help others. What business opportunities are available for computer consultants? There will always be a need for great computer consultants, so you need to know what you have to do to be good at your job.

Do You Want Higher Income?

A regular IT job has limited earnings potential and career advancement possibilities because of factors you can’t control, including incompetent peers, bad management, etc. When you decide to become a computer consultant, you eliminate these problems and gain control over your career.

If one of your clients is being difficult or not following advice and ruining his/her company, you can go find a new client. And if you’ve ever felt unappreciated, being a computer consultant for yourself is the way to go. Clients willing to pay your firm $100 an hour or more for your services will do so because they trust you and believe in the work you do. And your wallet will be happier as a result.

Computer Consultant Business Opportunities

If you want to be a computer consultant, the market is varied and constantly expanding. Every company needs IT help, so you will be in demand. And because a lot of people are starting to see the value of being a computer consultant, you will not be alone.

But why should you be a computer consultant if everyone else is doing it? Competition is great for computer consultants. If there weren’t any other consultants out there, you wouldn’t want to be involved in the industry. Why be in an industry that is not profitable? Many computer consultant businesses have a problem satisfying their customers and clients, and this fact becomes an opportunity for you to be the best thing that happened to small businesses.

Because technology is constantly changing, there are never-ending opportunities. You can constantly reinvent yourself and never run out of clients to serve as a computer consultant.

Computer Consultant Skills

To figure out what you will need to be a computer consultant, you should start by listing your current technical skills. Do friends and family come to you for computer problems? Are you the IT go-to person in your office?

You probably already have skills you need to be a computer consultant. You don’t need to be an expert in every area of computer use (and this wouldn’t even be possible with the amount of technology that is out there). You can find partners and subcontractors that can fill in what you don’t know.

How Do You Go from Employee to Consultant?

If you are an employee within the computer industry, making the transition to being a computer consultant is a good decision. It can expand your income while allowing you to do the same work you are already doing.

If you start with moonlighting, you can test what being a computer consultant is all about while still keeping the safety of your full-time job. Moonlighting can also help you set up a steady client list and reference accounts so you will get a head start on building your business before you even start it.

Non-Technical Skills

To be a computer consultant, you need to have some skills beyond your ability to work with technology. You need to be self motivated and able to drive to work just as though you had an employer watching you. You need to be able to wear multiple hats – control the many different aspects of a business. And when the time comes, you will have to be able to delegate some tasks to trusted staff.

The Main Idea

Becoming a computer consultant is not a simple decision. But it works for hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs throughout the world and can be a fantastic business opportunity.

Added By: Computer Consulting Kit