Several weeks ago I posted a few blogs about menu planning and grocery shopping. Then this past Friday my mom and I sat down and watched Oprah. The show was about debt problems and creating a debt diet for families in desperate need of financial help. My mom and I were discussing the financial advisers on the show and how great we thought that a job in consulting would be.
Later that day I was cleaning up the house when my phone rang. A friend was on the line, and she mentioned that she´d read the blog posts about my menu planning and grocery shopping savings and that she was interested in learning more. She mentioned that she´d been spending way too much money on groceries (so much so, in fact, that her husband was complaining on a regular basis), yet the foods that she put out on the table each night were not as healthy as they should be. "Healthy cooking takes too much time," she said, "and it costs way too much money." We then compared menus and grocery spending and she was shocked to learn how much more nutritious, and how much cheaper, my dinners are than hers.
She went on to say that she needed a detailed plan of action and someone to "hold her hand´ while she ventured into the world of menu planning, nutritious cooking, and coupon shopping. She asked if I would be interested in either going to her house or discussing organization and kitchen planning over the phone, and then she said that magic phrase that every person loves to hear: I´ll pay you for your help, of course. Two words popped into my mind: Kitchen Consultant.
I told my mom about the call later and we laughed, but the idea of helping other women with this type of service really appealed to me, and the idea churned in my head all weekend. I made a list of all of the things that I want her to know and I even printed up hints to leave with her when I am done.
I´ve done some consulting work in the past. I´ve helped two mothers open their own online businesses and I worked with a family several years ago whose child was being tested for special education services in the school system. Each time I have really enjoyed helping the people that I have worked with, and I loved the fact that I could do something meaningful for someone else while enjoying the work at the same time.
Consultants are individuals hired to offer professional services or advice for a fee. They have knowledge, experience, and some type of training or education in a particular field. Some work with individual clients while others are hired by businesses. (For a definition, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consultant).
Consultants can be hired to do a variety of jobs depending upon their education and/or experience. A financial consultant might be hired by a client to straighten up the client´s debts. A legal consultant might be hired to help research and prepare legal strategies or to give legal advice. A business consultant might walk you through the start-up of your online or small business or might teach an existing business strategies to increase productivity or profit.
If you are already working a full time job, you might consider becoming a consultant on the side and using the skills that you have acquired to help start up your consulting business. If you are not currently working and are looking for something that might offer a flexible schedule and additional income, you could start a small consulting business from your home.
I´ll post more in an upcoming blog on how to become a consultant. For now, here are a few links that you might like to read about consulting.