How to become a freelance consultant

Ademola Afolabi
May 2, 2023
5 min read


Consulting is a great way to earn money and add value to your life. You can use this skill to get paid for your knowledge, skills, and expertise. And the experience of starting and running your own consulting business will help you become an even more valuable employee at other companies. So if you're looking for a new career path, give freelancing as a consultant a try!

Freelance Consulting Is a Real Job

So you want to be a freelance consultant? Great! Let's get started.

First, let's talk about how you will get paid. As a freelancer, you'll have several options when it comes to getting paid for your services. Some people prefer cash up front; others wait until they've finished their work and invoice their clients later on in the process (this is called "pay-as-you go"). It's important to know what payment method works best for both parties involved so that there are no surprises later down the road--and also so that everyone knows exactly what they're getting themselves into from the start!

Next up: setting your rates. This can be tricky because there isn't really any rulebook or guidebook out there on how much money consultants should charge per hour/day/week/month etc., but here are some general guidelines: if someone asks what kind of rate you'd like them give them whatever number pops into your head first (don't worry about being too high); if someone offers more than one option then pick whichever sounds better (it doesn't matter which one); if someone asks why he should hire me instead of another person who does similar work then tell him something flattering about yourself without sounding arrogant or cocky

Getting Started

To be a successful consultant, you need to be prepared to work hard and long hours. You also need to be able to work in isolation, as most of your time will be spent on your own.

You should start by finding a small project or client that you can use as an experiment before taking on larger projects and clients. This will help you get used to working as a freelancer without risking too much of your own money or time if things don't go well right away. It's important not only that clients pay well but also that they're easy-going enough so that there's minimal stress involved with working for them!

How to Become a Freelance Consultant

  • Choose a field you are passionate about. You need to be passionate about the work that you do, or else it will just feel like another job.
  • Do your research and find a niche. If there isn't already someone out there who does what you want to do, then create your own niche! You can learn how from others by reading their blogs and watching their videos on YouTube. Here's an example of one person who created his own unique way of teaching people how to play guitar online:

Work in Your Expertise

  • Work in Your Expertise

When you work as a consultant, it's important to focus on your strengths. Don't try to be an expert in everything; instead, pick one or two areas where you have experience and knowledge and then build a business around those skills. For example, if you are good at writing code but not so great with graphic design (or vice versa), don't try to do both jobs yourself--hire an expert who can take care of the graphics while you focus on coding. It's also important not to be afraid of admitting when there is something that another person might have done better than you--you don't want potential clients thinking that all aspects of their project would be managed by someone who doesn't even know how their own software works!

Do Your Research

  • Do your research.
  • Research your competition, but don't stop there--find out what clients want and need. You'll also want to research the market and industry in which you're working. Then, do some digging into each client's needs so that you can tailor your services accordingly.

Find Your Niche

Your niche is the area of expertise that you want to focus on. It can be as broad or narrow as you want it to be, but it's important that you find a niche where there is a demand for your services. Here are some examples:

  • Health care consulting
  • Marketing strategy consulting
  • Personal finance counseling

Be Prepared for the Ups and Downs of Consulting

If you're a freelancer, you probably know that it's not all smooth sailing. You can be earning thousands one month and then barely breaking even the next. It's important to have a plan in place so that when things take an unexpected turn, you'll still be able to pay your bills and eat!

Here are some tips for making sure your freelance consulting business remains stable:

  • Have a side income. If possible, having another source of income is always helpful because it means less time spent worrying about making enough money from consulting alone--and more time focusing on what matters most: working with clients who value your services as much as they should!
  • Have a backup plan (or two). Things don't always go according to plan when running any kind of business; no matter how hard we try or how good our ideas were when we started out doing this work ourselves instead of getting hired by someone else first before going solo later down road... But having back-up plans ensures stability during those times when life throws curveballs our way unexpectedly - whether due unforeseen circumstances outside our control such as losing contracts unexpectedly due leaving job suddenly without notice etc., or simply because something goes wrong internally which causes delays/delays delivery times beyond original estimates given earlier prior signing contracts contract agreement terms agreed upon deadline date deadline expiration date expiry date end date last day end point end point final period finish lastly finally finish

Create an Online Presence for Your Business

Once you've decided to become a freelance consultant, the next step is to create an online presence for your business. There are several ways you can do this:

  • Create a website. This can be as simple or complex as you want it to be--you could use Wordpress or Squarespace, or even just set up a free one-page site using Wix or Weebly. The important thing is that people can find out about what services you offer and how they can get in touch with you through this site. It should also include some basic information about who owns the company (e.g., "Jane Smith Consulting") so potential clients know whom they're dealing with when they reach out via email or phone call (more on those later).
  • Make sure it's mobile-friendly! With more than half of all web traffic now coming from mobile devices like smartphones and tablets instead of PCs/laptops/desktops, it's vital that any website created by freelancers like ourselves also has versions optimized specifically for viewing on these smaller devices--otherwise we risk losing potential clients simply because they couldn't access our services easily enough once interested in hiring us after finding us online first."

Share Your Knowledge, But Also Learn from Others

You will also be able to share your knowledge with others and learn from them.

There are many different ways to do this, but I'll give you some examples:

  • If you're a UX designer and know how to design an interface for a website or mobile app, then you can share this knowledge with other freelancers who need help with their projects. You could even offer your services as a consultant for companies looking for UX designers! They may not know how much they need someone like you until they meet with you and see how much value their business will get from working with someone like yourself (and I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who would love knowing what kind of value they could get).
  • Or maybe someone needs help planning an event? Well then maybe they would hire someone like myself (or another event planner) who has experience planning events before so that our company could handle everything down-to-the-last detail - all while still keeping costs low!

You can learn how to become a freelance consultant.

Becoming a freelance consultant is a great way to make money and work from home. You can choose the type of work that interests you, whether it be marketing, graphic design or social media management.

To become a successful freelancer:

  • Have an idea about what kind of job you want to do as a consultant. Do some research into different fields so that when someone asks if you are interested in doing something specific, such as web design or copywriting, then they will know exactly what kind of experience and skillset they are getting from hiring someone like yourself instead of just anyone off the street who has zero experience with anything remotely related!
  • Be able to market yourself well enough so people know who YOU are before even meeting up with them face-to-face (or over Skype video chat) - this way there won't be any awkward silences between introductions because both parties already know each other better than most strangers do after only one conversation together."


We hope you enjoyed learning how to become a freelance consultant. We know it can be an exciting and fulfilling career, but there are also many challenges ahead of you. The most important thing is to stay positive and keep learning from others who have been in this position before!

Ademola Afolabi
May 2, 2023
5 min read

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