You see, most small business owners don't know the difference between different certifications nor do they care. More often than not, they'll feel that they're being overcharged because you have all those certifications.
In reality, you simply need to be able to advise and help update outdated systems that most small businesses use. Most small businesses simply need help with basic things like choosing equipment or setting up a peer-to-peer network.
As you go, you can get more certifications when you start working with larger clients that do have an in-house IT person who understands the differences between the certifications. Don't wait to follow your dream because of a certification; if you know the basics and are ready to run a business, then you're ready to begin.
Learn more about what you do, and don't, need to become a computer consultant in the complete article (link above).
Added by Joshua Feinberg