How to Be a Successful Technology Consultant
by Karl W. Palachuk - Author, Speaker, Blogger
Or maybe it's . . .
How to be a Successful Computer Consultant
How to be a Successful Managed Service Provider
How to Succeed without Small Business Server - And Develop a Business Model for the Future
How to be a Successful Value Added Reseller
How to be a Successful Business Owner in the I.T. Space
Whatever it is, the answer is almost always the same. You need a combination of personal and business practices that elevate your business and propel you forward. Among other things, you need
- A balanced personal life
- A solid work ethic
- Good processes and procedures
- A commitment to excellence
- A process for defining and measuring your goals
- A commitment to perpetual education
- Good tools (equipment and software)
- Good advisors, friends, and associates
- and of course good financial habits, time to recharge your batteries, good marketing materials, good alliances, good vendors, and many more things we don't always have time to work on. It can be overwhelming!
Remember: You can't focus on everything at once. Pick a few things and work like crazy to make them happen. Once they're headed in the right direction, you can add another and another. Each element of your success can become part of a system that continues on its own with ocassional guidance from you. Automate your success with good habits!
For a free audio on Consistency and Lasting Success, download a recent address I made. This is an excerpt from the "Managing for Success 2012" conference. You don't even have to register. Just click and listen. Download that audio now.
Business Coach and Author Matt Makowicz:
Make an appointment for a free 30 minute coaching session to determine what we can do for you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.
Please note: From time to time my coaching program is full, but I can always put you on my waiting list.
Small Biz Thoughts Can Help Your Consulting Practice
We have several programs to help IT consultants, managed service providers, and "geeks" generally to improve you business practices. We are not a one-stop shop to give you everything you need. But we have several channels to help you where we have proven skills.
Books and Training Materials for IT Consultants
SMB Books is our store-front for books, seminars, recorded programs, white papers, and more. Many of the materials are produced in-house by me and my staff. But we also carry materials from some of the best and brightest people in our business. My books have been on network migrations, network documentation, service agreements, managed services, and balancing your life and work. See my stuff at SMB Books.
Blogs and Podcasts
My Small Biz Thoughts Blog is dedicated to providing IT Professionals with advice and opinion to make them more successful in the ever-changing world of technology. This blog has been going since 2006 and is one of the most popular blogs in the SMB (small and medium business) space.
One of my most popular blog series is called SOP Friday - a weekly look at standard operating procedures for a successful consulting business.
When I started blogging, I did not want to give information that was widely available elsewhere. As a result, I rarely blog about technical fixes, tips, and tricks. I don't attempt to be a reporter or scoop the news sites. I don't try to be balanced and fare. These are my opinions based on twenty years of experience as an IT professional and successful business owner.
I have been podcasting for more than five years. And, again, my podcasts have been very popular. My current project is a total revamp of the SMB Community Podcast. The focus is on information you need to run your business more successfully. Product announcements, good programs to be involved in, events in our space, and more.
Seminars and Conferences
Small Biz Thoughts puts on seminars from time to time. Some are on technical issues such as Network Migrations. Some are on business processes such as Managed Services. Some are on future business processes such as Cloud Computing. My first SMB Online Conference just completed - 18 hours of solid information in audio format so you can take it anywhere.
Find out more on my Seminar Page.
Business Coaching and Consulting for IT Professionals
Is your business ready to move to the next level?
Do you know what to do but don't know where to start?
Do you want a quick-start to managed services? How about a quick-start to adding cloud services to your solution stack?
I can help. As one of the pioneers and leaders of the Managed Service movement, I've worked with thousands of IT companies. I have built my own successful managed service business and integrate cloud services.
If you are interested in discussing a coaching or consulting plan, please email me at email@example.com. I would love to work with you.
Have You Checked Out SMB Books?
The Greatest Books and Resources for the SMB Consultant!
Find these titles and more:
The Network Migration Workbook
Managed Services In A Month
The Network Documentation Workbook
Service Agreements for SMB Consultants
Windows Sharepoint Operations Guide
Check it all out at www.smbbooks.com