As someone who has made their living exclusively online and from home for many years, and now runs a global Internet marketing training service, I’ve run into my share of business owners who’ve needed consultations.
In fact, I was an independent certified webmaster for a significant company called SiteSell(TM).
In my capacity as an independent certified webmaster, which was a side gig for me, I consulted with dozens and dozens of individuals and small business owners who wanted to achieve more success online.
If you’re looking for a home based business independent consultant to help grow your company there are plenty of them out there.
If you’re looking to become one, there’s a large demand for your services.
Let’s take a quick look at each side.
First, from the business owner side (or wannabe business owner.)
What you need to do before you hire a consultant is get clear on what your objectives are. Don’t just say “I want to start a business from home, help me.”
Do some research first. Identify some of your interests and income goals. Is a business that you’re personally passionate about more important than income potential–or does the income potential come first?
Be honest. There is no right or wrong answer. Just preferences. Being clear will help your consultant help you.
There was nothing more frustrating for me than when I had a client who really had no clue what he was after. Those people rarely succeeded.
If you want to become an independent home based business consultant yourself, get ready to market your services well.
Have a plan of attack. How will you generate leads and referrals to keep the pipeline full? Trust me, you’re not going to want to take on every client who comes to you. Not even close.
What will you charge? What kind of work will you do?
I did actual hands on site building, keyword analysis, and helped boost a company’s web site conversions. I would typically charge $2,000 to $3,000 a month for my services part-time.
I no longer do this anymore, so I’m not selling you my services in this article. I’m telling you for informational purposes what the market will bear price wise.
My telephone consultation rates were $100 per hour. The Internet is still in its infancy and many individuals are willing to pay healthy fees for help in their home based business endeavors.
I decided to leave the consulting world because I believed that starting a training service and helping hundreds of people build financial freedom would be more satisfying than helping one client at a time who may or may not take my advice.
So I willingly left. That’s the luxury that financial freedom creates in your life. It gives you choices.
I could have continued doing what I was doing as a side gig. But it turns out I was correct. I am much more satisfied teaching people how to create lifetime income via affiliate marketing than I was as a consultant to individuals.
But you may feel differently. There is no such thing as one size fits all.