Consulting is a great way to build a home based business. And one area that has lots of consulting opportunities is Information Technologies (IT). Here are 5 areas that I believe are ripe for picking in an IT consulting home business. Other than the very largest companies, many businesses don’t have people on staff who specialize in these areas. And the specialties usually do not warrant hiring someone permanently. Therefore they make a good fit for IT consultants.
Routing and Inter-connectivity – Businesses (large and small) that have more than one location, usually have the need to connect them together with routing equipment. This is a science unto itself and there are lots of specialty opportunities here. Cisco offers many levels of ‘official’ certification in this area. Companies large and small will often need help planning and implementing these routing systems and also troubleshooting problems with them.
Data Security – One big area of concern to business is security in their data systems and avoiding security compromises. A good IT security consultant can help the company identify security problem areas, suggest ways to close security loopholes, and help them plan and develop a security policy.
Retail IT – Retail information technology is a specialty area with lots of devices that are specialized. For example PIN pad devices, product scanners, and touch screen systems. Retail businesses, especially smaller ones, often need help with setting up and maintaining these types of systems.
Inventory Control Systems – Related to retail information technology are inventory control systems. Most retail business need to have some sort of inventory control system in place to track, identify, and organize their inventory. Businesses often need help evaluating and implementing a good system for their business.
Wireless Networking – Businesses are increasingly moving away from wired networking and gravitating toward wireless networking and wireless printing. Setting up these systems can be quite complex and business will often need assistance with this. There are also security issues involved in wireless networking that a good consultant can make his/her client aware of and help them patch any loopholes in their wireless system.
Any of these businesses could be run from a home office. What do you think of when you think of IT consultant?