This article is for those individuals who are seriously considering starting their career as freelance consultants. Here are the tools and equipments that you need to get started:
1. Internet, software, and computer. It’s very important that you have reliable internet service provider and a computer (I recommend that you get a laptop and a personal computer, it’s nice to have a back up after all) as you want to be online as much as possible. You may need to invest money to get computers that have the latest features that are compatible with hardware and software that you need to use.
2. Website. You will need to create your own website where interested online users can get information about your consulting services. It’s very important that this speak volumes about your expertise and your credibility. I recommend that you create an online portfolio that contains your credentials and testimonials of your previous customers as these can surely influence the buying decision of your potential customers.
3. Blog, autoresponders, sales pages, and squeeze pages. You will need all of these to disseminate information, connect with your prospects, and capture the contact information of your web visitors. If you are clueless about these things, I recommend that you do your research online where you can get more than enough information to understand how these tools can help you in this endeavor.
4. Phone and long distance calling plan. As you’ll most likely to call your clients on a regular basis, I recommend that you sign up for unlimited calling plan with your phone service provider so you can save a lot of money in the long run.