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Hi,
I want to be an independent consultant. How does one become consultant. I am planning to clear my SCJP,SCWCD certifications. Will that make me elligible for an independent consultant. Please let me know, what other certis or anyhting else i need to have for the same.
 
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I am also seeking some directions to above query.
 
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Anyone can be a consultant. You mean a successful consultant. Think about it for a minute - would you hire someone as a consultant that has a SCJP and no real world experience? This is why people work for companies or consulting shops at first. If a consulting shop sends me someone bad, they will replace them if we have problems.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Anyone can be a consultant. You mean a successful consultant. Think about it for a minute - would you hire someone as a consultant that has a SCJP and no real world experience? This is why people work for companies or consulting shops at first. If a consulting shop sends me someone bad, they will replace them if we have problems.



Hi Jean,
Thanks for the reply... I am working in one of the top IT firms, and I have 2.5 yrs of work exp. But my work exp is not much in latest java technologies... its more in java core.... Will that help if i add few certis too....
Need your valuable suggestion...
 
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Independent consultants need to be able to communicate extremely good and be able to appropriately market their services. It takes a lot more that just knowledge of software technologies or certifications. To get a good grounding, you should have a Master degree or higher in any discipline. Note, it's not the degree but the experience and knowledge you can get from the program, e.g. accounting principles, understanding of copyright and trademark laws, key project management tactics, etc.

Check out the following website to hear what the Consultant's Consultant has to say and best of luck!

http://www.consultantsconsultant.com.au/
 
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nimish kumar wrote:Hi Jean,


Attention to detail is an important skill. My name is "Jeanne" and not "Jean."

More certs can't hurt. I think time is more important. I'd want more than 3 (or really more than 5) to risk hiring someone on my own.
 
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nimish kumar wrote:Hi,
I want to be an independent consultant. How does one become consultant. I am planning to clear my SCJP,SCWCD certifications. Will that make me elligible for an independent consultant. Please let me know, what other certis or anyhting else i need to have for the same.



Your experience seems very less or nothing compared to those independent consultants out there. I have seen many of them with over 10 years of experience competing.
 
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From my experience, companies do hire consultants or contractors (free lance) for many reasons.

1. To get expert knowledge/advise and to get a different perspective.
2. To meet unexpected demands, deadlines and tight schedules.
3. To farm out monotonous or trivial tasks that their permanant staff are not too keen doing.
4. To cover for short term projects.

So, anyone can become a consultant, but your rates vary based on what you are hired for, mission critcality of the assigment, how you sell yourself, etc. I became a contactractor after being a permanent staff for about 18 months and never looked back (I will have to admit that it was a boom time). You will have to weight out the opportunities and risks. You can minimise the risk by being good at what you do, networking, good job hunting skills, and intervieing skills. All depends on you. Good luck.


 
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