Some key skills needed to become a successful business consultant are strong communication and analytical, problem solving and time management abilities, as stated by PayScale. Consultants work with human resources, IT, marketing and accounting departments to troubleshoot and streamline operations and clarify the roles that they play within the company or organization retaining their services.
Consultants are usually required to have a bachelor's degree for an entry-level position at a consulting firm, however, a master's degree is required by many companies, as reported by Learn.org. Certification is an option, though not a requirement for employment as a consultant.
Often times, business consultants are brought in to help start a new program or business venture and are responsible for evaluating the current practices and changing procedures to reflect the company's goals, maintaining or exceeding industry standards.
These duties also entail developing business plans with company officials, managing relationships with vendors and working with partners towards a successful result on a local and global level.
General consultants oversee a variety of aspects of business and need skills that reflect the role. These skills include knowledge of IT, law, accounting, human resources and the ability to lead and implement change effectively within an existing structure, while identifying the company's strengths and weaknesses.