Do I have enough experience to become a consultant?

Question by Michel C: Do I have enough experience to become a consultant?
I want to become self-employed. For me, the pros outweigh the cons by a mile. I know how to sell myself, and am very professional.

I’m also very analytical, attentive to detail, and business-minded. My interests include small businesses, the internet (especially Web 2.0 Trends) and marketing. I have 2 blogs up on the internet; one about Web 2.0 Trends, and one about computer game development.

I’m considering becoming a consultant for small business IT solutions such as web sites, databases, and computer systems.

The only thing I’m doubting myself for at the moment is my experience in the field. I have a college diploma (2 years) in Computer Programming. I have about 1 year of experience in web design, web application programming, and .NET programming. I know I have the skills to pull it off (I graduated with honors, and am very self-motivated), but I worry that I don’t have the experience to back me up.

Do you think I have enough experience to kick-start a career in consulting? If not, do you have any possible alternatives?

Thank you
“Consulting” might require too much experience in my case. Can anybody think of alternatives for me?

Best answer:

Answer by chebrew2000
Consultants have many years of experience AND they have connections in the industry. From what you’ve written you’re a nobody in the industry. Who’s going to trust you? How will you get clients? Most consultants get work by word of mouth or they do outside work for a company they used to work for. You need so much experience it’s not funny. Get a job, work hard and shine and cultivate a following of people who know your work and are willing to take a chance on you.

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