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How to get your first consulting client

Sep 3, 2021 · 4 minutes to read

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Your ability to find and engage new clients is critical to a consultant’s success. But how can a new consultant find their first client? These tips can help you demonstrate to potential clients that you are credible, valuable, and worth your professional fees.

1. Selling your services

Selling yourself as a consultant involves demonstrating your knowledge and effectively communicating the value you bring to potential clients. To do this, consider starting an industry-specific blog, posting insightful content on social media or creating your own professional website. Showcase any relevant certifications or awards to enhance your credibility.

2. Know your industry

To convince your clients that you have the necessary expertise, you must know your industry inside out. Look at LinkedIn, online discussion boards, and other sites for consultants. Not only will you learn vital information about your sector, but you will also start to build a professional network that can help you bring in clients.

3. Create a network

Networking is essential to building relationships, gaining clients, and staying updated with industry trends. Consider joining relevant industry associations and attending conferences or workshops to meet other professionals in your field. The people you meet can recommend your services to clients.

4. Be prepared

When you’re meeting a potential client, don’t just rush straight into telling them what you can do for them. You need to create a belief in the client that you are the right consultant for the job. Let them know how high you have risen in your career and the specialist skills you possess. Consider including customer testimonials on your social media, LinkedIn, and website. Dress for success and convey a confident attitude.

5. Set expectations and communicate clearly

Companies and individuals will often employ consultants when they have been trying to solve a problem for years, and yet they will expect a solution to be provided in weeks. This means that they will want to employ consultants who have a skillset that very closely matches their problem. Let potential clients know exactly what your specialization is, whether it’s HR, marketing, operations or IT, to set their expectations accordingly.

6. Offer solutions

After your first meeting with a client, carry out a thorough review of their requirements and provide them with your proposals in writing. Don’t promise anything that you can’t fulfil, especially if you don’t have Professional Liability insurance for consultants. Consider partnerships with other consultants who may be able to meet their needs.

7. Know the price

Once you have someone interested in engaging your services, you need to offer them a price that they find attractive. Make your beginner consulting experience an advantage: explain to your client that although your skills match anyone in your field, because you’re starting out you are going to offer them a special rate. Don’t forget to use this opportunity to ask them to reciprocate with good reviews or references if they are happy with your work.

Being an independent consultant carries certain risks, and liabilities arising from your work will reflect on you. Consider taking out Professional Liability insurance to protect everything for which you have worked so hard. With BizInsure, you can compare quotes and purchase insurance for consultants online in minutes.

 

*As with any insurance, coverage will be subject to the terms, conditions and exclusions contained in the policy wording. The information contained on this guide is general only and should not be relied upon as advice. The number of quotes provided varies between products, occupations and other underwriting factors determined by the insurers.

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