You certainly need technical skills to be an IT consultant. But you will also have to have a variety of specific personality traits – such as the ability to really work with people regularly – in order to be good at your job.
In order to succeed as an IT consultant, you need to be assertive without being too pushy. You have to make sure people don’t take advantage of you and you need to be able to really stand up for yourself without being overbearing. Being too assertive, as an IT consultant, can repel prospects and clients.
Do You Focus on Business?
You have to have clear business goals and put them before the idea of everyone thinking of you as a “nice” guy/gal. You need to do what is right for your business as an IT consultant. This means you have to be able to put your business’ financial needs above your desire to work with really cutting-edge technologies and on high-profile projects. You may have to think about what your clients need and want and deliver it before you focus on using new technologies.
Why? As an IT consultant, your clients pay your bills, and paying your bills is a good reason to focus on business.
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