Top 10 IT Tips for Consultants

Try our top 10 tips for IT consultants.

Whether you're just starting out or you're an IT whiz, things can and will go wrong. Here are 10 ways to keep yourself on top of the growing industry of careers in information technology.

  1. Keep up with your network of clients, colleagues, mentors and rivals. It's imperative to your business to have mutually beneficial relationships with others in your industry. It's not just so you know who's who at a cocktail party, these people may send business your way or be good to work with on future projects. You'll be glad you did. 
  2. Pay attention to the latest and greatest in the tech industry. Know up-and-coming people, businesses and the actual technology.
  3. Keep your competitive edge by having top-notch equipment. It  will allow you to do your job efficiently. No one wants to sit and wait as the wheel of death spins day in and day out. Make sure you are on par with the necessary equipment to properly perform your job.
  4. Get a life. It's easy to let work consume every aspect of your time, whether you are in the office or not. Plan a vacation and actually take it. Spend your off time with family and friends. Take a break.
  5. Manage your time wisely. If you are paid hourly, be sure that you are doing the work necessary to keep your business afloat and your personal bills paid. 
  6. Learn how to market yourself. If you stop searching for new clients, you may miss out on some awesome opportunities. Learn how to represent yourself over the web, via social media and in person in order to garner respect and draw in potential clients.
  7. Get your home office (and regular office) organized. If you can't find what you're looking for, you're wasting valuable time and energy. Keep your space distraction-free so you can get straight to work.
  8. Leverage your intellectual capital. Make sure you have the rights to your creations, both conceptually and physically, in order to protect your company and your ideas.
  9. Understand legal jargon and use it to keep yourself safe. This means getting everything in writing that both parties understand.
  10. Even if you have had a particular client for years, your fees are going to increase. It can be difficult to ask for a higher price but they will understand if they fully value your work. Don't be afraid to rationalize what you charge. It will help your clients to better understand your reason for charging what you do and it will help you to get paid what you are due. 

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