Sam Ovens instructs people on how to begin and grow a successful consulting business by setting up your own business and doing the necessary research to learn how to set up a consulting business on the Internet. However, his general definition of “consulting” is quite vague. He goes on to state: “If you are asking yourself if you can open a consultancy, I suggest that you first ask yourself how you would start a restaurant.” This can be read to mean you would need to have a lot of space in a large enough space where you can accommodate all the customers and staff and not leave any empty space, but the meaning is not as clear as the initial statement.
So, how does Sam Ovens define “consulting”? To begin with, I have already mentioned that the term is ambiguous, so that even if the definition is given in plain terms it is still very difficult to understand what consultants do and how they perform consulting. I agree with him that most consultants tend to operate on a “client as king” basis and hence do not really provide any service other than advising clients on how best to run their businesses.
But how is this possible when you are asked “How to start a consulting business on the Internet?” In this case, you are basically asking how you can start a consulting business in a certain location where you know the local business owners and their business practices and also have good references and contacts who can provide you with useful tips and information. Therefore, you can easily begin by getting in touch with these local business owners and ask them how they operate their business.
You should also make sure that you have good references from people who have successfully started and operated an online business of some sort. There are various sites like Guru, Hubpages and Squidoo which can be of great help. If you have tried it before, there are chances that the process will work the same way with your own online consulting business. There are numerous blogs, forums and websites that provide excellent information about how people are able to set up and run a successful consulting business online.
So, how is it important to begin and grow your consulting business on the Internet? There are many people who wonder whether starting a consulting business is truly worthwhile. After all, it is very easy to establish a website and offer your services without the need to have much knowledge about Internet marketing or other aspects related to the Internet. It is also easier for you to start a consulting business on the Internet than offline since there are numerous opportunities to start with no formal training in the field of business. There is no need to have specialized technical knowledge for the start-up process either since the entire process involves just the establishment of an online presence.
You also have to decide what services to provide to your online consulting company, as there are many options to choose from. You can offer consultancy services related to sales, accounting, web design, SEO, customer service, etc., but your services will mainly be focused on the management of the company’s website and promotion. The basic business processes will be handled by your online consultants and the sales and operations will be handled by the salespeople. Thus, your main responsibility will be to handle the online presence and the other people involved in the online consulting business will only be able to provide support when needed.