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Whether you call yourself a management consultant, freelancer or contractor, this article will provide you with useful hints and tips on starting out as a management consultant and setting up your own limited company, which as any accountant will tell you is just about the most tax-efficient way of working.
A management consultant will primarily use their business skills to provide the end client with advice on issues such as value, maximising growth, business performance for their company along with change management. They can work in a variety of different service areas, including banking, marketing, IT, business strategy and financial controls.
There is no set method for becoming a management consultant, however, a business degree, MBA, commercial experience and strong communication skills are all good to have, as are keeping up to date with all the latest management trends and news.
Finding work outside of agencies can be a challenge, and there is no one solution that will work. It’s very much a case of trying a combination of methods, the wider you spread your net the better chance you have.
First things first, before you even start looking for a contract and approaching companies, you will need to ensure that you have an impressive CV to showcase why you are the best person for the job.
Make sure that your details are up to date, and that the information is relevant to the contract you are looking at. Highlight your skills and use industry buzzwords.
Most importantly, check your CV for any grammatical errors and ensure it is clear and concise. We’ve compiled a list of our top tips on how to put together an impeccable CV.
Some (almost) free suggestions on how to market yourself as a contractor:
For more helpful hints and tips, visit our guide to finding work as a contractor.
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