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What is a consultant? The dictionary defines a consultant as “an expert in a particular field who works as an advisor either to a company or to another individual.” Sounds pretty vague, doesn’t it? But unless you’ve been in a coma for the past decade, you probably have a good idea what a consultant is.
Businesses certainly understand what consultants are and what their value is. According to the online statistical source Biz-Stats.com, U.S. businesses spent nearly $28 billion on consulting services in 2003, while Plunkett Research Ltd. reports that worldwide consulting revenues were $115 billion. And since at least 60 percent of all businesses use independent contractors such as consultants (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics), you can see that the market is wide open for new consultants in virtually every industry.