Consulting is one of the hottest businesses that could provide you with both flexibility – and money – today. If you have expertise and skills that others may be willing to pay for, starting a consulting business may be your way towards financial independence.
Companies are increasingly outsourcing for services and expertise no longer available from their own staff, bringing in consultants to help fill in the gaps. Consultants have become so in-demand as people in business, health care, education, government, and other fields are calling on specialists to provide answers to ever-growing complex problems.
Here are the top 30 consulting businesses thriving today:
Accounting: Accounting is something that every business needs, no matter how large or small. Accounting consultants can help a business with all of its financial needs.
Advertising: This type of consultant is normally hired by a business to develop a good strategic advertising campaign.
Auditing: From consultants who audit utility bills for small businesses to consultants who handle major work for telecommunications firms, auditing consultants are enjoying the fruits of their labor.
Business: Know how to help a business turn a profit? If you have a good business sense, then you’ll do well as a business consultant. After computer consulting, people in this field are the next most sought after.
Business writing: Everyone knows that most businesspeople have trouble when it comes to writing a report–or even a simple memo. Enter the business writing consultant, and everyone is happy!
Career counseling: With more and more people finding themselves victims of a corporate downsizing, career counselors will always be in demand. Career counselors guide their clients into a profession or job that will help them be both happy and productive as an employee.
Communications: Communications consultants specialize in helping employees in both large and small businesses better communicate with each other, which ultimately makes the business more efficient and operate smoothly.
Computer consulting: From software to hardware, and everything in between, if you know computers, your biggest problem will be not having enough hours in the day to meet your clients’ demands!
Editorial services: From producing newsletters to corporate annual reports, consultants who are experts in the editorial field will always be appreciated.
Executive search/headhunter firms: While this is not for everyone, there are people who enjoy finding talent for employers.
Gardening: In the past decade the demand for gardening consultants has blossomed (pun intended) into a N100 million-a-year business. Not only are businesses hiring gardening consultants; so are people who are too busy to take care of their gardens at home.
Human resources: As long as businesses have people problems (and they always will), consultants in this field will enjoy a never-ending supply of corporate clients, both large and small. (People-problem prevention programs could include teaching employees to get along with others, respect and even violence prevention in the workplace.)
Insurance: Everyone needs insurance, and everyone needs an insurance consultant to help them find the best plan and pricing for them.
Marketing: Can you help a business write a marketing plan? Or do you have ideas that you feel will help promote a business? If so, why not try your hand as a marketing consultant?
Payroll management: Everyone needs to get paid. By using your knowledge and expertise in payroll management, you can provide this service to many businesses, both large and small.
Public relations: Getting good press coverage for any organization is a real art. When an organization finds a good PR consultant, they hang on to them for life!
Taxes: With the right marketing and business plan (and a sincere interest in taxes), your career as a tax consultant can be very lucrative. A tax consultant advises businesses on the legal methods to pay the least amount of tax possible.
Writing services: Anything related to the written word will always be in demand. Find your specialty in the writing field, and the sky will be the limit!
Government Contract Consulting: Your function is to guide Companies/Organizations into the land of business opportunities that the Government Contract represents. Your experience with the special language that the Government agencies use, your knowledge of locally produced goods made in Nigeria ,your contacts in the different department and agencies will help you to give your clients an appropriate solution.
Medical Management Consulting: You are to give legal, technical and financial advice that most physicians require to make a success of their practices. You will need to demonstrate record of success and excellent referrals, to market yourself effectively.
Food Manufacturing Consultant: A background in the food industry is an advantage; you’ll need to advice any investor in this sector on how to go into the food business i.e from production to marketing.
Nutritional Consultant: There is no doubt that poor dieting is causing a lot of problem in our society. Since people are seeking better, healthier foods and guidance in selecting them you can learn about nutrition and share this information with others via classes, seminars, individual counseling, articles and cooking books.
Packaging Consultant: Packaging is a separate and very highly developed facet of the product development process. As a consultant, you will work with advertising agencies, a manufacturer of made in Nigeria products or a product developer to create an ideal package. Your ability to respond to the package, the materials, the message, and the channel of distribution will make you a valuable addition to the process of bringing many products to the market.
Cost reduction Consultant: It is a great business for people who are extremely persistent and detail oriented. You are not only looking at reducing current bills of your clients, you are also on the look out for major savings opportunities that will help their business.
Database Consultant: Database are developed in company to perform and facilitate a wide range of functions e.g.; gather information about its customers, what they purchase, in a particular time, year, month, week day, if you can write a programme that can give out these figures accurately you can effortlessly work your way into millions as a database consultant .
Security Systems Consultant: Your function is to solve the security issues as it affects Home offices, financial institutions, Museums, etc, you will have to visit the location and recommend an appropriate security measures such organizations should use to take to avoid an unexpected disasters, a well written report represents the results of your investigation to your clients.
Shipping/Customs Consultants: They help their clients in dealing with in and outs of foreign distribution channels. Your expertise will be offered in everything from letter of credit to currency conversion and customs regulations which can change anytime.
Marriage Consultant: You will handle every minute detail, before and on the wedding day. Planning a wedding no doubt can throw any reasonable family into confusion. That is why you must charge appropriately and help them get by this problem.
Colour Consultant: It is essential that a colour consultant have a strong understanding of colour dynamics. People will look for you for the trend of the future. Once established in the business, your day will consist of working with anyone from cosmetic companies to corporate consultants to group workshop etc
International Business Consultant: It is incontestable that globalization has taken business to another level, either small or large corporate organizations; they would like to take their business to the next level. Your major function is to introduce Nigerians companies to foreign markets. To get into this business, you need to have a good knowledge of foreign Countries, especially as regards their economic, Political and cultural background, this will allow you to give an appropriate international marketing solution to their product or services.
Financial Aid Consultant: With the influx of retirees, career starters, and entrepreneurs into the business world of starting up a personal business, which is often challenged by start-up capital. Financial Aid Consultant have become relevant and indispensable unlike before.
On-Line Service Consultant: They provide help in areas that has to do with on-line services, you can help them design a websites, and help them on how they can effectively sell their product on-line and receive their money in Nigeria naira when their clients pays in foreign dollars. You can charge a flat monthly fee or on commission basis.
Remember, winning the deal is only the first step. Next you have to deliver what you are hired for and deliver extremely well. That will help you create trust from your client and generate future sales.