Most employers look for consultants rather than an employee. Employers need people with entrepreneur skills and independent worker with less supervising.
So, the question is what is a consultant and do I need to focus on becoming a consultant or an employee? Well, there is no specific answer. It all depends what you want to achieve in your life and where do you want to see yourself in the future.
According to Wikipedia, a consultant is a professional who gives advice in a particular field of expertise such as management, accountancy, health, and other industries. Regardless of your industry you must focus on a five-year plan within that industry. As a starter, you must not hop around in companies for job as it looks bad in the resume. And when you have past five years in that industry, focus on next five years as a consultant.
As mentioned earlier that a consultant is an expert and provides advice to other people. This is means that when you initially started your career working for five-years, you have an adequate experience of the industry. During the recession when you are laid off you can focus on contract jobs which are mainly consultant-based jobs. You have the industry experience now you must gain commercial-business experience as how are things run in the real world.
I must emphasize that working as a consultant is not an easy task while working as an employee. You would need the following. This is not the complete list but actually to ponder something on.
- Patience, patience, and patience
- Capital for expense depending on how much need to survive
- Learn speaking and writing business English
- Delay the sale-closing process sometimes
When you have patience, you can actually think. When you do more thinking, you will conduct more research. Finally, your thoughts will make informed-decisions rather than on assumptions.
After some research you need to implement your research in action. In order to do that a person would need to do an estimated cost analysis of how much expense would incur in real time. You must record all the expenses such as food, travel, telephone, Internet, government taxes and other hidden costs. After all the expenses all you need to find out your income. This means that how much income you need after all the expenses are paid.
This estimated cost analysis in a spreadsheet will actually inform you how much you need to increase your income, revenue, cash flow, and control your expenses. It will help you negotiate your cost with your clients. And, we all know that there is a negotiate-cycle in any project life-cycle.
Learn Speaking and Writing
I am pretty sure that you have heard of do as Romans do. These days English is main communication language whether you are in Asia or South America. Enroll yourself in business communication courses held in colleges or universities. A bad English grammar will turn down any C-Level executives.
Delay the process
This category actually throws you back in the first category of having patience to close any sale. This type actually focuses on finalizing the project. Sometimes you evaluate the client and its background to see if you will ever get paid from them. It is like checking their financial background. Of course you have already researched it earlier but it is always good delay some process and see if they have patience and need to hire you as a consultant.