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Anthony Cummings Denver, CO

I was curious if there are any mentors willing to help me in how to start a consulting business etc?

5 November 2018 4 replies Small Business

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Advisor

Jeremy Serwer Woodstock, CT

Hello Anthony,

I'm a retailing real estate consultant and broker. My advice is based on my own experience . . .

After being let go from the corporate world, it was my contacts from that world that provided a networking opportunity to continue what I was doing corporately, but gain entry to companies that would hire that expertise. One also needs the ability to live on low or no income while building that network and getting to the first potential clients.

So, I'm suggesting that whatever consulting world you're interested in entering, would be dependent on your current network of military and personal acquaintances, as well as any business contacts you may have in that field. And, clearly, you'll need some funds/savings, or military retirement income to bolster your ability to spend full time on leveraging those contacts.

Happy to address this further with you, either via ACP, or feel free to contact me at jeremy@theserwercompany.com.

JS

Advisor

Steve Ruzzini Pittsburgh, PA

Hi Anthony,

I may not be able to help you directly on *starting* a consulting business, but I can definitely provide you insight and mentorship about *working in* the consulting business. Feel free to drop me a message and we can arrange a time to chat.

Best,
Steve

Advisor

Katelyn Ramp New York, NY

Anthony,

Thank you for reaching out to ACP! Like Taylor said, networking can be the best way to foster the idea behind your business - gaining multiple perspectives from different parties, will only strengthen your business planning toward success.

I would continue to network with the online community on ACP AdvisorNet, but would also, look into connecting with people on Linkedin (there is a strong veteran community out there, very willing to help.) In addition, I would look into using an alternative organization, called Bunker Labs (https://bunkerlabs.org/) - have heard a lot of great stuff.

Thank you for your time and continued ACP support!

Kate,

Advisor

ACP AdvisorNet Staff New York, NY

Hi Anthony,

Thank you for your question! Have you taken a look at the Community section of ACP AdvisorNet? This is a great tool to help you connect with Advisors that have background in specific industries. You can send direct messages to as many individuals on the site as you please to ask your specific questions or even schedule a quick phone call to discuss in more detail.

I have also included the link here (https://www.thebalance.com/before-starting-consulting-business-2388409) to a great article titled 6 Steps To Take Before You Start A Consulting Business.

I hope this helps! Thank you for your service!

Best,
Taylor

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