3 of the Most In-Demand Skills for Independent Management Consultants
In the technological age, the face of work is changing. Not only are remote work and telecommuting on the rise, but so is the gig economy. In fact, many enterprising entrepreneurs are turning side hustles into promising careers and even full-fledged businesses. Freelancing and consulting are also on the rise, which is leading to a cottage industry of service providers ranging from shared office spaces to online marketplaces for freelancers and consultants. The demand for independent management consultants is also on the rise. Here are three of the most in-demand skills for independent management consultants.
- Project management
The demand for project management consultants can take two forms. In some cases, businesses simply have too many projects going and not enough managers. In that case, they may hire a management consultant to act as more of a project manager themselves rather than a coach of sorts to their acting project managers. In other cases, however, they may be having difficulties with their own project managers. Sometimes, they know what the problem is and they simply need someone who can come in and devote themselves full-time to sorting things out until the problem is resolved. Other times they need someone who can actually identify the problem and then work with the existing managers to find a solution.
- Product development and launch
This is another area where businesses may have different needs for a consultant. In some cases, they may call in a consultant to oversee the product development and launch from start to finish. In other cases, they may be trying to come back from a failed product or launch. In that case, they are looking for a more seasoned expert to help walk them through the process in order to ensure a greater success rate in the future.
- Growth Strategy
Businesses know they are either growing or dying, but most businesses are so busy doing the business of their business that they have little, if any, time to think about the future. That doesn’t mean they don’t realize the importance of having a clear strategy for growth. Sometimes a business will call a consultant in to help them develop a strategy and sometimes, they will keep them on longer to help them hammer out the logistics of actually incorporating that strategy into their day-to-day operations.