The $100k Niche Consulting Business

When you hear “college admissions essay consultant,” you might imagine some dull, overly formal academic type.

But Carter Osborne from carterosbornetutoring.com took a pretty unconventional path to dominating this niche business.

When he started providing tutoring services on the side, he was just a “broke, desperate graduate student” in need of some extra money.

Carter actually had no formal business training. His background was in political science and public administration—so not exactly the traditional entrepreneurial breeding grounds.

Not exactly the traditional path for an entrepreneur, right?

And yet, the untraditional route Carter took allowed him to build a unique $100k consulting business, with almost all the revenue coming in just half the year.

While Carter’s career path didn’t seem logical as a tutor, he was about to discover an untapped market niche that was waiting to be explored.

Become a Salesforce Consultant: $225k a Year … Working Part-Time

brad rice

Last year, Brad Rice booked $225,000 worth of Salesforce consulting work. That’s impressive on its own, but what’s crazier is he only worked an average of 18 hours a week.

Brad took his existing skills and experience with a popular software product, and pivoted to become a remote freelance consultant.

This is the “SWAS” strategy: Software with a Service.

Clarity.fm: Start a $100 per Hour Consulting Business in 5 Minutes

So far this year, I’ve made $1338.96 consulting on Clarity.fm. This is one the many income streams I’m working on, and it’s an easy one to add to your repertoire.

Clarity earnings are incremental; it’s $1300 I wouldn’t have made otherwise. I say that because my “clients” don’t have a pre-existing relationship with me, but this platform brought us together.

Clarity is the marketplace to get one-on-one expert advice on a wide variety of business topics. The site makes it easy to facilitate quick Q&A-style consulting calls.

Virtual Consulting: How to Start a Location-Independent Consulting Business

A location-independent consulting business that replaces your day job income in a matter of months? That’s what Paul Minors achieved with his virtual software consulting side hustle. You might recognize Paul’s name. Paul is a productivity blogger and consultant from New Zealand. He was part of a fun productivity roundtable episode we did towards the … Read more

337: Multi Six-Figure Consulting on the Side

Shirag Shemmassian

Dr. Shirag Shemmassian decided to take action on a particular skill of his, and is seeing some impressive results – all on the side from his day job as a research psychologist.What do I mean by impressive?How about $650k in revenue last year, which was more than double of 2017, which was more than triple of 2016.

234: Side Hustle Sales Coaching: What Do I Do and Who Do I Do it For?

Listen in on a real life side hustle coaching call with customer acquisition and retention strategist David Hutcherson (he’s the client), and sales pro Brendan Alan Barrett (he and I share the coaching duties).

On the heels of last week’s sales-themed episode, I invited Brendan on because of his sales background both with companies large and small.

We’re joined by our “client” David, who’s seeking to grow his freelance/consulting side hustle and build on his decade of experience in customer service.

183: Zero to $30k on the Side in 6 Months

Last fall, Chris Deardorff had a passion for startups and entrepreneurship, but wasn’t sure which direction to go. He had — and still has — a good job doing product marketing.

But as he studied the local startup scene, he noticed a common problem. Many startups struggled to gain traction for the products and services; a problem an experienced product marketer could solve.

In this episode, you’ll hear how Chris landed his first clients, the suite of services he decided to offer, and how he’s delivering the work in addition to his full-time job.

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