How to Start a Database Consultancy Business

Perhaps you are interested in setting up a database consultancy firm but you have no idea what to do. You need not wonder anymore, because we have come up with a helpful business startup guide for you.

Read on through this article, and you will find out how to start a database consultancy business.

With the migration of several functions into the electronic and digital domain, all information and files that a company uses are all placed into a database. This database is housed in a server that hosts all the computers within the network. It is through this server that the data is accessed and modified.

However, not all company employees are knowledgeable or specialize in database applications. There is the need for an outside expert to do the task for them, which is the database consultant. With the high demand for databases and for people that maintain them, database consultancy has proven to be a very lucrative moneymaking venture that anyone can go into.

What do you need to start a database consultancy firm?

Knowledge in IT

Consultants are considered specialists; hence, if you plan to be a database consultant you should have a firm knowledge in IT specifically in databases. Having an experience using databases can also be beneficial and helpful to your line of work. If you have minimal or limited knowledge about databases, then you should take a step back and take some training to excel your knowledge before you try and start a career in database consultancy.

Office Space for Database Consulting Business

Database consultancy can be considered freelance work. You can work at the comfort of your own home. However, for professionalism’s sake, you would need a small space which you will meet your clients in private. It can be a room that your family does not use like the attic or the basement, if you have one. It can be your garage or loft, just whatever space that is available.

The office should be maintained and designed to reflect your professionalism and your field of expertise. You would need equipment like computers and other office supplies. You would need a devoted landline too, separate from your home telephone line.

The Marketing Skills for Your Business

Marketing yourself as a consultant literally requires nerve and smooth talk. You can always advertise yourself through the Internet, or through the yellow pages of your area. However, there are times that you would be required to do cold calling in order to get yourself across to potential clients.

Cold calling is defined as physically approaching your potential clients and advertising yourself. In the case of a database consultant, you can go to the HR department of a company or just call them on the phone and give them your contact details in case they would need a consultant to help them on their database needs.

41 Comments

  • Santosh Singh said on May 2, 2009
    Hi, I am a MS SQL DBA and wanted to start a Database consultancy business. I have a good IT knowledge in this field. It will be really grateful if you can guide me in approaching this business as i am a technical guy. Thanks for your help!! Santosh Singh, SQL DBA, Cell: 91-9741669669
  • Divyesh B Bajwala said on June 17, 2009
    Hello, I am a DBA, currently handling more than 15 production database's servers with help of other two Jr.DBA. I am familiar with all kind of database technical need like storage management, replication, clustering, data warehousing and many other thing... I am looking forward to start this Database Consultancy business... can you guide me further?
  • James expert adviser said on June 17, 2009
    @Divyesh, Do you work for a company or all these databases belong to your own clients? I guess it might be for your company. Why don't you secure some of your own clients first? You can look for database services in craigslist.com, guru.com, forums.digitalpoint.com. Try to have your own clients to fetch you 40hrs of job a week then hire 1-2 people to manage that and don't leave your employer until you are having at least 80hrs of job a week. The biggest challenge in consulting business is gathering clients so try this first and proceed to make it a full time business later.

    Jestin James
    Startup Biz Hub - Senior Advisor (Staff)

  • Edward Buba said on June 17, 2009
    Hello, I am an Oracle/SQL DBA with an in depth knowledge of programming but I prefer to work with databases and application development using Oracle IDS. I would like to start a Database Consultancy Business and would need assistance on the business side. Thanks.
  • Divyesh B Bajwala said on August 16, 2009
    @James, Thanks for your suggestion, can you give me your email id? my contact details are: email-divyesh.bajwala@gmail.com, cell-91 9825762240
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  • Dennis Willis said on December 1, 2016
    Willis.dennis@gmail.com I've been working in technology for 10 years, looking to start my own database consulting firm.

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