If you’re just starting out as a consultant – or as an expert in any field – your first year in business will be difficult.
It will be difficult because you’re doing something new, something where you’re learning as you go.
It will be difficult because there’s so much you need to get done and to get right before you start to experience success.
If you’re going to make a success of your business you need some help. That’s where my series of one hundred tips to help you succeed comes in.
Over the coming months I’ll be posting one hundred tips to help you to make the right decisions and to focus on the right things for your consulting business.
Even before you start your consulting business there are things you need to do.
Setting up a business – the practicalities
You need to think about lots of practical issues linked to being in business.
All of this will take time, so it’s worth doing some of the thinking before you actually start trading.
There is something else that’s really important to think about at this stage, too.
How are you going to motivate yourself to succeed?
Of course, you need to think about the practical issues. You need to make sure you have the skills to succeed. You’ll need to finance your business. You’ll need to work out what sort of consultancy you’re offering and how you’re going to get business.
You’ll also need to think about you.
Businesses succeed or fail because of the motivation, commitment and sheer determination of their owners.
If you’re going into business on your own you’ll need to think about how to make sure you maintain your motivation.
This is especially true if you’ve been used to working in a corporate environment with line managers, team meetings and the like. You may not be aware of the work your employer does to motivate staff, but it’s there.
For the future you’ll need to supply the will to succeed yourself.
Do some thinking about this. Can you supply the motivation yourself, or will you need some external support?
If you’re serious about starting a consulting business, you’ll be working in a businesslike way long before you start your business. Before you begin on your journey to business success make sure you cover all these points.
Focusing on the practicalities is important, but thinking about how you will fare in business is also important.
So what do you think?
If you’re already in business what did you do to prepare yourself before you started trading?
If you’re just about to start your business, which of these suggestions are you working on at the moment?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.