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What Does a Consultant Do?
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Essential Information

Consultants are paid to share their expertise and knowledge to help businesses attain goals and solve problems. Businesses often hire consultants to supplement their staff and save the costs of hiring a full-time employee. As a person new to the company or organization, consultants view the situation from a fresh perspective. Because a consultant isn't beholden to any particular corporate culture, co-worker scrutiny or morale, consultants can act as the catalyst for change. While there are no degree requirements for a consultant, they do need to have vast knowledge and experience in a particular field. In addition to expertise, a consultant should have a track record of past accomplishments. Individuals with higher levels of education and experience will generally receive greater compensation for their services. Consulting is a broad area of interest, and, from businesses to personal services, there's a consulting opportunity for practically every industry. 

Job Duties

Job duties can vary depending on the industry in which a consultant is working and based on the specific field of expertise. Fixing or improving a particular component of client's business is the broadest duty for which consultants are hired. Consultants may sometimes be asked to teach a business' employees how to manipulate a new software program or some other skill that increases productivity or generates more revenue. They're also expected to provide advice, make recommendations and excel at problem solving. Consultants are often used prior to, and during, the start-up of a new business or to re-energize a failing business. Consultants are also brought in when a business needs reorganization, including the termination of individual employees or entire departments. A client will retain a consultant's services until the goal or obligations of the particular endeavor have been met. The time period for consultancy can vary in length, depending on the needs of the client and on any unforeseen problems or additions to the project for which the consultant was hired. 

Successful consultants derive their skill set from a combination of learned techniques acquired from higher education and, to a lesser degree, innate personality traits. These skills include the following: 
  • Logical reasoning 
  • Leadership 
  • Communication 
  • Ingenuity 
  • Ability to work well with others 
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It is easier as female to be a consultant than guys. Most of the time we just have to dress nicer and they won't even remember what we have said.
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(08-10-2016, 11:29 AM)AngelineA Wrote: It is easier as female to be a consultant than guys. Most of the time we just have to dress nicer and they won't even remember what we have said.

Not really, the real professional won't agree with this.
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(10-10-2016, 03:23 PM)Jeremy Wrote:
(08-10-2016, 11:29 AM)AngelineA Wrote: It is easier as female to be a consultant than guys. Most of the time we just have to dress nicer and they won't even remember what we have said.

Not really, the real professional won't agree with this.

Yea, a lot of female are very professional too
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#5
Anyone can be called a consultant - unfortunately.
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#6
Do you do personal consulting?
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#7
People who have no job often become a consultant, I just meet one consultant last week at DrinkEntreprenuer, he looked like he doesn't know anything and he said he is providing free consultation for 2 companies. Wow.
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