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What does a Consultant do?

Tell me all about them please (if you can). like hours, how often do they travel, earnings?, and diff types of it. is it hard? NO PRESSURE ON THESE QUESTIONS IF SOME OF THEM ARE A LITTLE PERSONAL!! SORRY IN ADVANCE!

*I’m just doing this out of curiosity, sorry if it’s personal… I hear a lot about this type of thing, and I just wanted to learn a little more about it.

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3 Responses to “What does a Consultant do?”

  1. Linus June 14, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    A consultant is an expert in a certain field. Lets take me, I owned and operated a liquor/wine outlet for 10 years and I was in charge of all aspects. This makes me high sought after to give advice to someone who is just begining in the liquor/wine business.

    You may say it is a waste of money, but I assure you , all the littler things I know that will save money will add up to 3 x more than what they pay me in savings.

  2. Vincent C June 14, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    What is the difference between a Consultant and a Contractor? The hourly rate. Consultants charge 3 digits per hour. Contractors charge 2 digits per hour.

    Both accomplish similar goals. Someone wants something done that they do not know how to do or do not want to do. The Contractor or Consultant does it for them. It’s that simple. Your plumber is a contractor. Your CPA is an consultant. The only difference is the rate (if you generalize that they both do some task for you that you are not going to do yourself).

    Usually they charge per hour.

    Whether they travel or not is up to them. Some work at home. Some work at the client site. Some have their own offices.

    You can only charge what the customer is willing to pay. Thus ask yourself, “what service are you offering and what do you think someone will pay you for it?”.

    If you are going to work as a salaried employee in someone else’s professional services organization, then you’re going to be paid salary. You might get a bonus. You will ‘work’ many hours because you probably will travel on your own time and write time/expense sheets and reports after client-hours. To compensate for this, you will probably be paid more than if you had a real job but not really if you count all the hours your are putting into it.

  3. ibu guru June 14, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    Consultants are highly educated and experienced experts in a particular field or niche who help people & companies solve problems in that particular area which is their specialty. Generally, financial consultants help people or companies solve financial problems, relocation consultants help people/companies move house/company to a new location, management consultants help companies with managerial organization and management problems, etc. Of course, they narrow this down to very specific specialties.

    Travel, earnings, difficulty, etc, varies so-o-o widely, it is hard to say. Travel depends on your area of expertise and your market area. Some top consultants travel internationally so much that they never have a “home” – buy a house, etc – because they are always flying from one country to another. Others hardly drive more than 30 miles from home – ever.

    Difficulty depends on your level of expertise – how good are you at what you do. If you’re really smart, well educated, have sufficient experience, etc, most of it is pretty easy – it’s hard for anyone who has not faced & solved similar situations before! There’s only a market for consultants when people face very difficult situations and need the help, advice, problem solving expertise of someone who has “been there, done that, and done it very, very well indeed.”

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