Okay, so this is actually really cool. I recently conducted an anonymous survey across several online entrepreneur communities and was able to record quality responses from 23 consultants in varying industries – all of whom are currently entrepreneurs.
I figured that I’d share the results with you guys since they provide some interesting insight on entrepreneurs in the consulting industry.
1. What is your highest level of education?
The majority of those surveyed had completed their bachelors degree, while there was 1 MBA candidate, which I found interesting.
2. Which industry do you primarily serve?
Since I was addressing entrepreneur communities, it made sense that the most common industries served were startups and small businesses. But I also found it interesting that entrepreneurs were getting into independent consulting for corporate / fortune companies. Go entrepreneurs!
3. How many years have you been consulting?
As for myself, I fall under the 4 – 6 years category, but it’s great to know that the industry is so balanced. The wave of new consultants will help strengthen this industry and provide better service across the board.
4. Do you hold any professional certifications?
I found this the most interesting. While I currently hold professional certifications in the ‘Other’ category, the number of consultants who don’t possess any certification is thought provoking. Are these individuals trustworthy? Do you have faith in them to help your startup?
I find that this is what makes the barrier to entry so complicated. The consulting industry is full of people who are willing to extend their knowledge, but not many of them can back it up or verify their abilities through reliable means. Surely those with Six Sigma, CPAs, CMCs, and so forth have it easier, but for those just starting out or others (like myself) it becomes a real name-game and who you know.
If you have any questions about this survey, please feel free to contact me. You can view the live response page here: http://goo.gl/xKMDbE.
Wishing you the best.