Not everyone wants to blog or create an online business. Also, people don't want to work an hourly position just to get out of the office.
Have you considered using your current expertise to branch out and start your own consulting business? What about building a new company doing what you already do?
This is a great option for people who want to work for themselves but don't have any experience in another field or for someone who has a ton of ideas but is constantly being shot down at their current job.
Read on to find out what you can do and how to do it.
Don't Quit Your Day Job
At least not yet. Use your job to continue building up your professional network while you're still employed. Take this time to learn everything you feel you can use when it's time to start your own firm.
You can start branching out on a freelance basis. But you need to play within the rules of your current company. They may not allow you to work independently of them.
However, if you talk to clients about your ideas, they like them, and the company is always shooting them down, it may be time to part ways.
Take Your Consulting Business Seriously
Get a business license. Make a website and a blog and get some business cards printed up. No one is going to treat you like a professional if you don't act like one.
Don't Burn Bridges
Especially with your former company. They could wise up and decide your ideas were indeed amazing. Staying on good terms could open up your former employer to becoming a client.
Over Deliver Like a Champ
Never promise anything you can't deliver. However, you should only guarantee what you know you can do. If you can go above and beyond, you definitely should.
Have you heard, "dress to impress"? You should also work to impress. In the beginnings of your company's development, word of mouth referrals are going to carry a lot of weight.
Focus less on building the business and more on doing fantastic work for the client you do have. This way, you can develop your portfolio and client list without taking on too much.
Work Out the Kinks
As you start to deal with unpleasant clients and shady people who look for loopholes, then you'll start to develop a process to deal with it and an ironclad contract to close these loopholes.
If you don't want to work with a client on another project, then tell them "no", just make sure your work is complete and they're happy with the results.
It's hard to handle, but on occasion, you will have to fire a client. Learn how to handle these types of situations and how to handle them like a professional.
There are a lot of great resources you can use to help start and grow your consulting business.
Remember to start small, stay employed, and grow slowly as you're able to handle it.
Word of mouth referrals are great but you need to dabble in marketing to figure out how to next level your new business. Build a website and a blog, be active on social media, and connect with other experts and industry professionals.
If you have anything to add, leave a comment below and thanks for reading.