Being a consultant, you are entitled to enrich other people's disposition towards business and help them overcome entrepreneurial hurdles. Many IT consultants branch out to be freelance consultants. Do you have what it takes to be a successful independent consultant?
Frankly, the gift of being an effective consultant doesn't come readily at hand. There are some skills that need to be nurtured and characteristics that must be strengthened or developed.
Here are the traits and characteristics that make a good international business consultant.
Freelancing necessitates self-confidence; otherwise, I wouldn't advice pursuing an independent consulting career. You have to believe you can do this and solve that with enough information and time in hand. However, keep your ego in check.
You need to be able to store a large amount of information and be able to back your opinions with accurate and relevant facts. Many problems your clients present to you will take a toll on your brain, unless you have enough experience and knowhow to deal with such problems. Those who just ventured out to this career might, obviously, have it a little rougher than the veterans. I suggest doing research and reading journals in different business fields.
A business coach should be prepared for whatever comes next, better or worse. There are many types of clients, each having their own set of priorities and problems. You need to be able to adapt to parameters set by your different customers, from proposals to contracts and agreements. Keep an open mind, and don't be disgruntled when you get an emergency call in the middle of the night.
4. Persuasive and Assertive
An efficient consultant is able to sell himself to prospective clients. Of course, selling yourself entitles persuasion. You have to get yourself out to your potential customers, or your consulting expertise will be worth none in vain. You also have to be assertive to get the most of this career. Stand your ground when you think your integrity is jeopardized. Don't be afraid to lose a client.
Being a coach, you're entitled to be sociable, especially to prospective customers. Having a nice air around you will do you good, especially at the beginning when you're just getting to know your client. A good dose of humor does wonders.
Honesty is the best policy, they say. Always be transparent about your opinions: what you think and what your client should do. Don't present invalid information. Providing false details can badly affect your career, especially in the long run. Be truthful and tactful.
What other characteristics would you like to add? Are you a business consultant, or are you planning to pursue a freelance consulting career? Post a comment below! I'd love to hear your opinions and inquiries.