Before making the decision to go into consulting regardless of whatever you are into before, there are certain questions you need to answer to ensure you are starting with the right foot and a continuous progress would be feasible.
Here are things you must do before starting a consulting business
Identify your area of expertise
Before you can go into consulting you should have a level of experience in the field where you want to concentrate on. You cannot be a consultant for all areas of life, you can only be a consultant to a specified area. if you are retired, or have years of experience in a particular field then you are most qualified to be a consultant in that field.
What training do i have to do.
Sometimes you might need to go to a consulting training center, where you would be taught the props of how to be a good consultant, you need to identify if your chosen field requires that extra training or not. This is needed so you would be properly qualified to be a consultant in your field.
What kind of consultant do i want to be
You need to know what you want, do you want to be an independent consultant or you want to be employed in a company as a consultant, the earlier you decide this, the earlier you know how to position yourself to get your desired result. You already have the experience and qualification to be a consultant and whichever you choose would still be profitable but the positioning as an independent consultant that gets consulting contract while the other requires you being put on a salary.
Identify structures that are particular to consultants in your field
You need conduct proper research to know the structures that existing consultants in your field are using. You should know structures like consulting hours, service charge and so on. With the knowledge of all these you would be able to structure your own similar, cheaper or more than there own depending on how you position your consulting brand.