Computer Consulting
What do you do?
Computer Consulting. Helping small to medium size businesses use computer technology to help run their business, from simple individual PCs configured to complete networks and Cloud services. Customized to their specific needs.
Advantages and disadvantages of this business
Con: Self employed is unemployed until the check clears!
Pro: Allows for a lot of flexibility and not the same job or working with the same people every day.
Do you work for a company that provides training materials and company leadership?
I am part of many corporate and industry groups that provide continuing education regarding products, industry trends, marketing assistance that help to make my business a success with customer successes.
I run this business:
Part-time
How many hours a week do you work at your business?
Less than 20 hours a week
When do you work?
Flexible
How much control do you have over your work schedule?
Quite a bit, based upon customer demand.
Could I bring my child or pet to work?
Maybe, it depends on the circumstances
More Details
Not generally recommended!
Do you have to own a car?
Maybe
Work environment
Mostly inside
Travel in the local area
Is there anything to be aware of in the environment?
No
Is there a dress code?
Yes
How do you dress?
Business
Casual
How do you dress for work?
Depending upon the customer, but at minimum, business casual.
Is this job:
Both Fast-paced and Relaxed
Co-Workers
Work alone
Work with just a few people
How much did you have to invest to start this business?
Not a lot of initial investment if you already have training in the field. A laptop, laser printer and smart phone are probably minimum startup expenses.
After expenses, about how much money is your business earning?
Depends on the project… a fully skilled independent IT Support and Consulting person can bill from $20 to upwards of $200/hour
How long did it take to break even?
Less than a year
What is your goal for future earnings from this business?
To continue supporting additional new IT training and test equipment.
How do you advertise and market your business?
Word of mouth referrals.
Job Requirements: What skills does this job require?
IT computer and networking training, along with common knowledge business processes and practices for your target customer industries.
Do you have to go to school to get this job?
On-the-job Training
What kind of school teaches this job?
Technical Colleges and Universities as well as O.J.T. Opportunities
Continuing Education
Personal study to keep your skills and knowledge up-to-date
How long do you have to go to school to learn this job?
Two years Technical school is a possible good foundation, but not a requirement depending on the customers and projects
Is any kind of Certification available?
Certification is available, but not required.
Do you have to own tools?
It is a good idea to have a good laptop, smart phone and any project specific tools such as network management software and cabling and diagnostic tools, depending on the customer needs.
What previous experience would help?
Working for a computer services business, retailer, distributor or manufacturer.
What practical skills do you need?
Good writer
Good at explaining things
Enjoy talking to people
Good listener
Enjoy learning new things
Is Continuing Education required?
Maybe
Location
This job could be done anywhere.
What additional training would help with this job?
The computer industry is a fast paced moving target… so always count on taking some type of continuing education whether it is available from online self-paced courses, a formal college setting, individual company products training or industry trade and shows training opportunities.
What do you like best about this job?
My independence of work.
Who would you recommend this job to?
Personable technology oriented people.
Computer Consulting

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