How to Start and Grow Your Own Boutique Strategy Consulting Firm

  • 6th Jun'22
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Do you think that you have accomplished everything in your expertise? If that is so, then you need a break from your 9 to 5! Starting a consulting firm with your expertise can prove to be the best decision now. But, starting one is not only a single day’s task.

Various consultancy firms are working around the globe currently, but you have to fashion a bespoke strategy, and this is where this piece of writing comes in handy. If you have expertise that you want to cash in on, then we have the perfect guide for you to start your consulting firm.


Know Your Niche

If you look at some of the successful strategy consulting services, you’ll notice that they all have their own niche. Having an idea about your speciality is great to start with, but you have to analyze the specific areas within your field in which you are a pro. Asking certain questions yourself is the best way to start in the right direction.

 You might ask yourself about your strongest and most unique selling points. With this, you also have to determine how your experience differentiates your services from your competitors. In the end, standing out in the crowd is what you need to focus on the most while starting your consulting firm.


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Qualification, Experience, and Certifications

You might be highly qualified with a robust experience in your field, but still, you might not stand out. This is because someone with less qualification or experience might have done a relevant certification or attended training sessions that you haven’t yet explored.

 To cater to this issue, you have to conduct detailed research on what is needed in the market and what areas you lack. Once you have the complete information, you can then move toward enrolling in certain certifications or training sessions that will polish your skills as an expert in your field.


Industry Analysis

The next step for you is to evaluate certain industries that might benefit from your expertise. Usually, business management, finance, human resources, and marketing firms require consultancies in this era. But here, you have to check about what you can offer these firms in regards to your experience and expertise.

Even if not directly, you have to find the ways these industries can use your talent to gain maximum benefit. This will help you a lot in creating the perfect pitch deck for the new clients. At the end of the day, it is all about selling yourself and consulting firms to potential clients.



Your pricing must be competitive, and this requires thorough research on the pricing of the competitors in the market. Pricing is your strongest selling point when it comes to selling your expertise. Here, after you have received the required knowledge about the usual pricing in the market, you have to decide and set the prices very carefully.

 Moreover, you have to create certain packages according to your clients' needs. This means that you can establish per-hour rates for some clients, while for others, you can take per project payment. With this, you also have to give leverage to some clients by introducing add-ons to your existing services.


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Registrations and Licenses

Before starting your consulting firm, you have to check certain registrations that you have to make according to the rules and regulations defined by your state. This depends on where you are planning to launch your firm.

 Here, the easy way around is to start your firm under your name. This way, you will be the sole proprietor. Being a sole proprietor has its advantages and disadvantages, but starting as such will help you with less paperwork and liabilities. All the profit and loss will be filed under your tax return.


Bespoke Contracts

Your contracts with the clients won’t be all the same. These legally binding agreements must clearly state what services you will be providing to your clients and also the price that will be charged to the clients respectively.

 A clear and precise contract has to have a specific title, involved parties (full names), what is expected from each party, scope of the services, when and how the amount will be paid, start and end date, contract termination clauses, and signatures from the signatories.


Post Launch Networking

With the tips described above in detail, once you have started your firm, networking will play a key role in the success of your boutique strategy consulting firm. All of the new projects will be dependent on your network. A client is not just a client, after all, you have to use it as a portal to new prospective clients in the market.


Putting it All Together

Successful consultants never stay in their comfort zone. This is the sole reason that you must strive to build and expand your network to reach out to new quality clients, whether online or in person.


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