How to Become a Computer Consultant

Written by Joshua Feinberg


Have you ever wanted to become a computer consultant, but you werenít sure if you could cut it? Do you have a basic understanding of computer-systems, strong problem-solving skills, and a desire to help other people? If so, then you already possessrepparttar main abilities and traits that you need to become a computer consultant.

In this article, weíll look atrepparttar 141286 business opportunities for computer consultants,repparttar 141287 reasons why there will almost always be a strong need for good computer consultants, and what it takes for you to achieve success if you want to become a computer consultant.

Become a Computer Consultant and Your Income Can Soar

In a traditional corporate IT job, your earnings potential and career advancement possibilities are ultimately constrained by many things that are simply beyond your control. This often includes lazy or incompetent peers, ineffective management, or a seniority system that rewards obsolete employees and punishes newer, more aggressive go-getters.

When you become a computer consultant, these annoyances are largely a moot point. If you donít like your "peers", go find better partners and subcontractors to associate with.

If one of your "bosses" (i.e. a major client) is losing respect and running their company intorepparttar 141288 ground, you can go look for a new client to replacerepparttar 141289 problem client.

And forget about ever being unappreciated. No client is going to pay you or your consulting firm $100 an hour (or more) for your services if they donít value your expertise! And even though your clients generally wonít clap for you, your bank account will.

So in sharp contrast to a traditional computer-related job, when you become a computer consultant your income potential can soar, because YOU are in control of YOUR future.

Business Opportunities for Computer Consultants

The market for those that want to become a computer consultant is diverse and still growing.

Because virtually every company and organization needs some kind of IT-help, whether it be from internal employees, outsourced computer consultants, or some combination ofrepparttar 141290 two,repparttar 141291 choice to become a computer consultant can put you on track for a winning career and a very successful, highly-profitable services business.

Now you may be thinking, "why would I want to become a computer consultant", when there are already so many people doing it? And thatís a perfectly natural question.

However, competition is actually a good thing for computer consultants. Because if there were no other computer consultants out there in profitable businesses, youíd have to wonder whetherrepparttar 141292 computer consultant industry was viable and profitable.

Think about it... would you really want to be in an industry where no one else has ever been able to have a profitable, sustainable business?

The fact is that many computer consultant businesses are horribly run and have huge customer satisfaction problems. Those problems are your opportunity though. As long as you can provide a cost-effective solution to what small businesses need, your computer consultant business can be very successful.

Also remember that as technology changes, even more opportunities are created. Could a computer consultant make a living 10 years ago by blocking SPAM or cleaning up spyware? Of course not. These problems were miniscule compared to todayís epidemics. Today these are mainstream problems that plague virtually every small company and scream out forrepparttar 141293 need for more computer consultants.

What other industry do you know that is continually creating more potential clients?

Skills You Need to Become a Computer Consultant

As you begin to investigate further into how to become a computer consultant, start by listing your own computer-related current skills. Are yourepparttar 141294 person all your friends and family consult when they have a computer problem? Are yourepparttar 141295 one everyone turns to in your office for help on computer problems?

Unemploymet Blue: Mind Over Mood

Written by Virginia Bola, PsyD


Our lives are tranquil and smooth so seldom, it seems. We have our ups-and-downs, our good days and bad days, our sunny moods and black moods. The less we swing in opposite directions,repparttar happier we tend to be. The biology of our bodies craves balance and consistency -- changes in our thought patterns and emotions interruptrepparttar 141165 regularity of our nerve pathways leading to chemical inbalance and internal disturbances.

Stress kills because stress isrepparttar 141166 critical determinant of how we think, how we feel, how we react: all activities which terribly upset that silent body chemistry. Events cause stress:repparttar 141167 death or illness of a loved one, fear of terrorism, divorce, exposure to violence or a personal attack, financial setbacks, loss of a job.

We cannot removerepparttar 141168 event: it happened. We cannot controlrepparttar 141169 stress: our bodies have already reacted. We can only control our mind and use its enormous power to move ourselves back closer to normalcy and serenity.

Unemployment plays havoc with our emotional system. We rapidly cycle through anger at what has happened, grief at what we have lost, fear of what lies ahead, and recurrent shockwaves of shame, anxiety, and despair. We take a number of hits all at once: loss of occupational identity, economic pressure, family anxiety, andrepparttar 141170 humiliation of job search. How can one little mind fight all of that at once?

One step at a time.

1. Assess.

Assess your situation objectively so you can set your priorities in order. If you are eligible, register for unemployment immediately while identifying everything in your life you can live without forrepparttar 141171 immediate future: entertainment, treats, brand foods, non-generic household staples, driving for pleasure, gourmet cooking, and eating out. Check your credit cards and major loans (house, car) and see if there are arrangements you can make to just payrepparttar 141172 interest until you're back to work. Early contacts and planning may reduce your immediate financial burdens which will, in return, reduce your level of anxiety and fear.

Resolve not to ruminate aboutrepparttar 141173 unfairness of your layoff and identify some activities which will allow you to keep that negative brooding at bay when it quietly sneaks up on you.

2. Ask.

Asking for support starts with bringing your family on board so they know how you're feeling and how they can help. Even a totally self-absorbed teenager may be willing to pull their part whenrepparttar 141174 family's survival is at stake. Explain how you are going to organize your job search and how you will need to count on them when you're feeling rejected and worthless. Identify a time when you will all meet together, once a week, so you can fill them in on what has been happening and get ideas from them which might make your next efforts more successful.

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