I`m writing as a person who`s interested in starting an IT Consulting business and I would love your insight and opinion on how I should approach this Venture as an IT Service / Web Development Entrepreneur.
been in the Web Site development arena side of IT for almost 8 years
serving as a Project Manager and Sales Rep. for a small company. And
although, I`ve haven`t
really used it, I do hold a 2000 MCSE, an Older A+, and CompTia
networking Certifications. I basically started taking the computer
classes as a way to break into the industry. But I really don`t use the skills in my day to day job.
goal for going to school in the first place, was to eventually go into
business for myself, but 8 years later life happened and I`m still with
the same web company. I now have 2 young boys and I`m at a point in my life
where I really need to make move and start my own business, or I feel
like I will regret not taking the chance.
I owned a small business about 8 yrs ago for a total of 10 yrs.,
and my current company is a very Small - Sales driven company, that
seems like it reinvents itself every 6-12 months. Although, I feel like
I`m now at a dead end with my current company, I do feel like it has
given me the opportunity to get experience within the field and see
what`s like to work for a startup. We`ve basically had to go out and
kill it every day if we want to survive.
Ideally, I would start working out of my home office, doing the
work myself to replace my income and then hire a tech. once I begin to
get a steady stream of business.
But -- my problem is, I really
haven`t stayed on top of the Networking and hardware support except for
very specialized services(setting up IIS, FTP, User Accounts, Secure
Certificates, Domain Name Management, User accounts, etc) with my
current company. Therefore, I feel my skills are very diminished, and
I think I would need to go ahead and develop a relationship with a few
contracted field techs I could use to go on service calls while I
worked on the sales/marketing and growing the business.
My plan would be to get educated on the opportunities within the
onsite tech services field - both break/fix and then move more into
management services for small to medium size businesses, as my business
grows. And additionally, I would offer web services as a way to
leverage my knowledge and experience with Web Development, Strategy,
and Online Marketing. I have a solid network of Web developers and
designers I could tap into to service that side of the business.
Based on this information, can you give me some guidance and
direction towards pursuing a full IT Service