Owning a business on it own is already a hectic-anxiety-filled job on it’s own. But what if you want to take it to the next level? Are you ready to take your consulting business from side hustle to main gig? Leaving your day job is a big leap, and most business plan consultants need a little help.
Here are five key steps to help you take things to the next level!
1. Network, Network, And More Networking
Everyone has to start somewhere right? Don’t be discouraged if you’re starting out with just a few clients – or even none at all. Truly successful business plan consultants develop a network of old and new connections to help them reach clients they’d otherwise never meet!
Utilize social media (and stay engaged!), attend conferences, networking events, and business professionals’ meetup groups. Making a good impression and getting your name out there is a fast way to get more clients.
2. Refine Your Business Plan
This sounds a little redundant. Do business plan consultants really need a business plan?
Most definitely! You can get a basic outline started by defining your goals and expectations.
Business plans help us tackle the big picture and develop a detailed road map. If things get too overwhelming, there’s no shame in bringing in someone with more experience! Business plan consultants can learn a lot from their colleagues.
3. EBook Services
A great way to build trust and display your knowledge and skill is to condense your services into ebook form.
Pick an area of particular strength. Are you great with WordPress? E-commerce expert? Develop an easily readable ebook that potential clients can read and benefit from. They’ll be back for more, and you’ll profit!
4. Consider Automating Parts of Your Workflow
The more time you spend on administrative duties, the less time you have to attract and work with clients.
Keeping up with social media, compiling invoices, and sending out email campaigns and newsletters takes time better spent elsewhere. There are apps that can make your behind-the-scenes operations nearly effortless
5. Set yourself apart
Sure, consulting can be a lucrative business. But there are a LOT of business plan consultants. If you want to get – and keep – attention on your business, you have to find a way to stand out.
Find a way to offer your clients a unique value in your services. The market that – hard! Being different is the best way to reduce competition. If you’re the only one doing things a particular way, or with particular skill, clients will seek you out.
Growing a consulting business takes time, dedication, and patience. And maybe a little bit of insider knowledge. At Bargain Business Plan, we can help you create a plan that will help you achieve the success you desire. If you’re ready to set some big goals for this year, contact us today for a free consultation!