There are many that want to supplement their income with their own business and many more who want to give up their day job altogether. It is possible to do this by just continuing to do the same thing for yourself as you were doing for your old boss. By starting a consulting business you are turning your freshest and most used skills into a consulting business. A reaction to this suggestion is often that by doing the same work, your new business is just the same as your previous job. The very reason for wanting to quit your current employment was to get away from the mundane work you were doing. Whatever consultancy experience is used, owning your own business is going to be better than being employed by someone else. No matter what industry or sector, being self employed is the key requirement when wanting to give up a day job and start new business opportunities. Starting with your most familiar skills will assist the start up of your new business. You are aware of what clients want, you have the expertise to help them and might even know a few customers to get you started. This is where you must be initially careful not to upset your old boss by stealing his customers as this might contravene your contract of employment. So how do you choose what skills you have that might be of use and how do you decide whether or not there will be a chance of easy money making selling them to clients? And do not forget that you will be charging much more than you were being paid before on an hourly basis. Can you convince somebody that your services are worth as much? But remember this, you are expected to be charging more particularly as that is what the customer expects, and the extra is the profit and overheads any business should reasonably expect to make. A consultancy can be built from just about any skill or profession. The obvious ones include accountancy, bookkeeping, legal, property surveying, banking, languages and the like. Each one can be the backbone of a service line that can be sold for a lucrative hourly rate. But consultancies can be formed from many other types of jobs which can provide simple and quick ways to make more money. Consider your current employment, even if it is working in a shop or factory. Various areas connected to the safe or efficient running of a business could be the foundation for a consulting company. The areas that you are familiar with need to be identified, or areas that you want to find more about – to polish off your skills. As an illustration, you might have helped your employer to work towards a quality mark accreditation which will have involved you getting to know the process and what is required. Both of these are areas in which you could research deeper. The list of different types of skills that can be sold as consultancy is endless. For a consultant to know just a little bit more than the potential customer is a critical point. The next crucial issue is having the skills to persuade the receptive client that you actually know much more than they do!