Beginning a Consultant Career in a Recession

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The word recession is being thrown around a lot these days to describe the global economic conditions. It would seem that starting a new career in any field right now might be a little foolhardy. However, recession provides a tremendous opportunity to someone looking into starting a consultant career.

Companies Are Going To Be Searching

In this time of hardship, many companies are scratching their heads trying to figure out their next move. Not only the larger corporations, but also the smaller, localized companies. They are going to be seeking out those who have expertise in downtimes, marketing, brand recognition, online-based marketing, and other specialized knowledge, and expertise, to help them stay afloat during recession.



These companies know that they are going to have their customers watching them to see what they do as far as their products are concerned. A consultant can help them bring together their entire business so that production doesn't falter, nor does the quality of the product.

Outsourcing vs. Long Term Commitments

During the times of economic downturn, or recession, companies don't want to take the chance of hiring people. In turn, they begin to look for independent consultants to help them with their various business activities. During a recession, companies will want to do more outsourcing than general hiring to get their projects completed. If you are marketing yourself, keeping your foot in the door with your networks, and actively pursuing new jobs, you can position yourself to grab up these jobs.

Cost Factor

Recession is a ti me for doing two things. The first is to find new ways to broaden your target audience and reach new customers in order to keep production high. The second is to watch costs in case it takes a while to reach those new customers. Big consulting companies charge big money. When a company is struggling but knows they need help, hiring a smaller, independent consultant is the most likely scenario. This is where you come in.

Getting Started as a Consultant

Recession is a good opportunity to start your consulting career. Getting started is simply a matter of doing what you know. If you are a skilled IT technician, then you could become an independent consultant for companies that need that type of service. Whatever job you had before, you can provide that as a service to other companies.

Specialized training isn't necessary unless you have never done a particular job before, or you want to gain more exposure to it. An IT tech could take classes to learn newer forms of networking and how to use specialized technology. This would help him be more marketable to other companies.

Once you've decided the field you want to be involved in, start posting your resume on job boards, calling department managers to find out their needs, and look in the local papers. Once you have landed two to three jobs, and can get good recommendations from them, they will recommend you to other companies.
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