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How do I get Started in Ecommerce Consulting?

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  • Written By: Erin J. Hill
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 04 June 2018
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There are many forms of ecommerce consulting, including design, marketing, and hosting services. The way in which you break into a consulting career, is therefore dictated by your individual skills and the arena in which you hope to start your career. No matter which field you choose, however, you will likely still follow a few basic principles to get you started. These include getting an education in your field, contacting potential clients to let them know about your services, and following through with proven results.

Whether you choose to become a web designer or marketing professional, to get into ecommerce consulting it is important that you are an expert in your field. Consultants generally charge high fees to provide their services, so clients will expect you to know everything there is to know about your field. This will require you to gain as high a level of education and experience as you can in order to give your clients what they deserve.

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If you choose to attend a college, you may opt to get a four-year degree or higher to ensure you understand all aspects of your chosen field. You can also subscribe to newsletters, magazines, or join an association to keep up with current trends in the industry. Before you get started in ecommerce consulting, you may also consider working in your industry for awhile to learn from current experts and gain more insight into how to handle certain situations. This will help to gain your client's trust.

Once you are ready to make the leap from employee to self-employed professional, your first step is to get clients by letting them know you are offering ecommerce consulting services. You can do this in a variety of ways, but the most commonly used are building a website, cold calling, and email marketing. Not only will these methods get your name out there, but they will allow potential clients to see that you can effectively market a business. This is especially true of clients who find you online.

As you get your first ecommerce consulting clients, it is very important to go above and beyond their expectations. Many self-employed professionals say that once they get going, most of their business comes from referrals. In order to earn client referrals, it is important that you follow through with promises and deliver the results they expect. Making yourself sound more experienced than you are may get you the client, but it won't get you repeat business if you can't follow through.

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