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Being a consultant of any kind can be an extremely rewarding career, especially if you have the right tools. Below are 3 must have items that every consultant should have in their tool kit (or briefcase).
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Item #1: Sturdy Bag – This is most important because obviously a sturdy bag is needed to carry all of the other items on this list. When choosing a bag for the kit, it is a great idea to make sure the item is stain and water resistant, has plenty of room with multiple pockets and a big zippered section, is light weight and comfortable to carry, has multiple straps for easier carrying, and a section to put a laptop or netbook.
Item #2: Professional Binder – A professional looking binder is a wonderful place to keep any presentation folders, documents for clients, documents needed for any projects, and other office supplies (like pens, business cards, sticky notes, correction paper, notepad, company literature, etc.). Getting a binder with three rings and the ability to zip close is a great way to ensure all of the documents in the binder stay in place.
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Item #3: Office Supplies –Miniature or travel sized Items like pens, highlighters, sharpies, tape, stapler and staples, three-hole punch, stapler remover, ruler, and a calculator, are all essential items for a consultant, mainly because not all clients have these items readily available, and also because it makes the consultant look organized and prepared, both important traits for this industry. Look for a stylish pencil case, or something similar to keep the above items in, not only will it keep the kit organized, but it also allows for easy access to all of the items.
What are some of the things you think a consultant should carry? How about what things shouldn’t a consultant carry? Leave your answers in the comments below.
Elizabeth-Jamey Rand is the President/CEO of Oasis Consulting Group, a consulting agency based in Miami Beach, FL that specializes in business development, start-ups, marketing, and efficient process creation. By using an innovative outside of the box thinking approach when it comes to working with their clients, they are able to provide their customers with comprehensive research and everything they may need in order to run their business successfully and smoothly. To learn more, contact her at (786) 562-7601 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.