To-date, we have covered a number of items related to launching a consulting business.
Am I an expert on this topic? Not necessarily.
That said, the approaches shared seem to have worked for me / my business. Especially, considering the fact that my business was recently acknowledged by Inc. Magazine as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing, privately-held companies in America. Click here to review a related article.
The purpose of this post is to reinforce the fact that each item covered is an element of a business launch plan: a punch-list of activities to be considered and/or addressed. That said, don’t let the list overwhelm you, creating an (imaginary) obstacle that would prevent you from going down this path. The items on the punch-list can be “picked off” over time…How aggressive you are at picking these off depends on your timeline…
That is, you get to decide what timeline you’d like to adhere to. Do you want to launch a business within the next 3-5 years, or within a nearer-term window? The litmus test we covered in an earlier post will help to give you a sense of how ready you may be to go down this path.
If you recall, what prompted me to start this series was a conversation I had with a good friend and neighbor who is considering launching his own consulting business. One of the key guidelines I shared was: This is NOT rocket science. It is, quite simply, just a matter of DOING IT!
If you truly have a dream of being in business for yourself (and you pass the litmus test) you “can” make it (launching a consulting business) happen. Notice I didn’t say “you will make it happen.” To that, I’d refer to the wisdom of Yoda…
You must simply decide – to execute the plan, or not.
I hope you find this helpful.