How to Start an Environmental Consulting Business

It is our responsibility to have responsible dominion over all the material things in this world. So, this means that caring for the environment should be our number one concern.

If you consider yourself one of the best environmentalists in this generation, then you can have your very own environmental consulting business.

So what do you need to do as an environmental consultant? Of course, you need to contract your services to various industrial and commercial clients around the country which includes the U.S. government. In addition, you also need to ensure full compliance with the regulations and laws that govern the environment, to address issues concerning toxic waste contamination and to perform risk evaluations during construction.

Guidelines for Owning an Environmental Consulting Firm

Of course, you can’t be an environmental consultant if you don’t have the necessary requirements. In the succeeding paragraphs, you can know them one by one.

  • Things You Need: list of the environmental issues in a region, federal environmental regulations list, business license, business insurance, industry websites list, industry publications list and local environment issue experts list.
  • Check Out the Technological Trends in the Environment: In accordance with the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for environment specialist will be higher from 2008-2018. So, if you want to make sure that clients will trust you for the services you provide, focus more on the business practices that offer solutions. The following are the examples: pollution prevention and environmental variables inclusion into developing the product.
  • Figure Out the Opportunities in the Geographic Market: To make sure that you will have a wide experience in environmental consultation, you can work at any part of the US. Doing this will also harness your expertise even more. But make sure that you identify the area where you want to work. You can choose among the following: beach community, oil-rich region and a mountain community as well. Well, it is up to you. Just make sure that the area you will choose will bring out the best in your business.
  • Educate Yourself Even More: Aside from love, knowledge also makes the world go round. So, in order for you to ascertain the success of your business in the industry, you need to strive harder to be more educated. By doing this, you can educate your clients in return.

There is also another thing you need to remember before accepting a consulting business and that is getting the reference materials that come in two subjects such as: environmental laws governing a specific area and federal environment laws that can be applied across the US.

Get Your Business Insurance and License: Of course, you need to check with the office of the county clerk to know the license requirements. You also need to work with an insurance agent to get an insurance package that can cover your business needs. To increase your credibility as environment consultant, you need to join professional associations.


  • mukwevho tshilidzi said on April 28, 2013
    Hi I want to start my environmental consultant company (waste management, EIA, waste collection , recycling, OHS, risk assessment) I have a license but don't know to start , so I need your help
  • HOSD said on June 13, 2013
    Hi, I want to start Environmental Consultancy business, Please Guide in this regards.
  • Ashka Patel said on January 20, 2015
    Hi..I am studying in 8th semester of BE environmental engineering. I want to start my own environmental consultancy after my graduation. what should I do after BE???
  • Vivek patel said on February 9, 2015
    Hi, I have completed in Environmental science and technology.... I want to start my own consultancy.... so what is the steps for starting consultancy.....
  • raj oberoi beginner adviser said on February 24, 2016
    Guys contact me , If you want to start your environmental related business, I am freelancer and master student in environmental entrepreneurship, my mail id || Environment Consultant

  • Krunal Soni said on December 14, 2016
    Hi, I am krunal Soni. Completed environment engineering and pg diploma health safety and environment. I have approximate 3years experience in environment consult. Please suggest me how to start environment consult under Gujarat pollution control board.
  • Divyavijaykumar said on February 19, 2017
    I dont have any experience in consultancy field need to start now so pls guide me regarding this
  • Miranda said on June 24, 2021
    Good afternoon; I have 11 years of working experience in the environmental management field, and obtained an MSc degree in aquatic health. I want to start a consulting ecological company. Please help


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