How to Start an Educational Consulting Business

Determine who your target market is. You may choose to work with schools, parents and students, or companies and organizations such as textbook publishers, governments or international development organizations. Base this decision upon your expertise, your ability to contact potential customers in that market, the size of that market and the speed with which it's growing, and your passion.
Investigate your competition. Local schools or organizations may already have consultants or other resources that they use to do the same tasks you would be providing. Be particularly aware of free resources that may make your offering obsolete. Determine what needs your customers have that are not already being fulfilled. These are areas you can compete in.

Develop your specialty and offerings. You may choose to help private secondary schools go through the accreditation process or to help parents decide which schools and afterschool programs to enroll their children into. In all cases you should have a significant expertise in that field or formal education to back that up. A Ph.D. or Doctor of Education degree may be a necessity, depending upon the competition in your market. If your consulting is directed at families and includes helping a child get back on track academically or working with special groups such as the gifted or learning disabled, you may start your practice small with tutoring and working one on one with students.


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