Starting a Supply Chain Consulting Business

If you want to start a supply chain consulting business, you have to possess adequate knowledge about the industry. You also need to find partners who can help you with the consulting services.

Secure a business license and develop a business plan to serve as your guide to success. Good luck.

Starting a Supply Chain Consulting Business

Like any other type of business, you have to begin with a business plan when starting a supply chain consulting business. You can’t run the business alone so you have to find fellow consultants to help you in running the business. In this kind of business, you will need adequate knowledge about the industry to be able to extend help to your targeted clients. You will be the one to direct customers to companies that can help them achieve their goals or needs. Many customers are willing to spend on IT, so this is your chance to give them what they need.

There are many services that you can offer like education, upgrades, support, offshore developments, business improvements, IT and logistics, and implementations. Clients tend to have different objectives and needs. The technology solutions that might work for one company may not work another. As the owner of the business, you have to determine the needs or requirements of the company before you can refer them to major companies. Now that you know what your primary focus will be, you can now find an ideal location for the business.

Online and Local Business

Aside from the physical office, you also need to develop a business website to tap on the global market. Offering your services to the region where you live is a great way to start but you shouldn’t limit your services there. You can offer the supply chain consulting services to other clients from other countries. Make a user friendly and content-rich site. You can use search engine optimization to improve your rankings online and generate more site traffic. Your business office should be designed properly to welcome prospects and you have to ensure quality services at all times. The most important part is to establish your contacts; you have to find companies that are experts in supply chain management so that you can direct your clients to the right one.

With a business plan, you will know what to do to achieve success. Register your business with the local agency. Secure a business license to operate the business legally. Try to inquire at the concerned government agency if you need a permit or certification to run a consulting business. Determine the right advertising methods to use. Since you are maintaining a business site, you still need to advertise on the World Wide Web and of course, locally. Promote your consulting business extensively and on the grand opening, you will get a lot of customers.

24 Comments

  • Siddharth Samal said on March 7, 2013
    Want to start own supply chain consulting firm, I have 13 + year experience in Supply chain management , the location where I want to start the business Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. Pls suggest.
  • Shreya Yogesh Borkar said on March 15, 2013
    I have 9 years experience in Supply Chain Management. I want to join the team who are in consulting business.
  • umesh said on September 17, 2013
    Hi @Siddharth Samal and @Shreya Yogesh Borkar, I am working on the same lines , can we get together online for a discussion?
  • navneet said on January 17, 2014
    Dear All, I am planning to start supply chain consultancy from scratch. I would request you to please share the learning's aside if anybody is interested to step ahead with me then please share at navneetkhl@gmail.com
  • Alex said on September 16, 2014
    I'm located in the US and I'm interested in starting a Logistics consulting firm, I'm certified through npma and I specialize in inventory control and warehouse setup. Just trying to network to get this going.
  • Ingrid said on November 10, 2014
    Hi all I live in Cape Town, I'm interested in starting my own supply chain consultancy, I have the experience and just did my NQF level 6 in SCM if any one can help me step by step and who is willing to mentor me any retired, none retired great SCM minds out there looking for a challenges I will be for ever grateful for you help. God bless
  • patrick said on January 24, 2015
    Hi everybody, am a graduate in SCM and am planning to start an online SCM consulting business ,i live in Kenya, please if you have the same idea you should join me
  • Juda Tarume said on March 31, 2015
    Greetings, I am a holder of CIPS graduate diploma and currently doing Bsc Hons Purchasing and Supply Chain Management. I have been working in the Purchasing and supply field for more than ten years and am willing to start a Purchasing and Supply Chain consultancy business. I believe in team work for great results so I am looking for willing and determined professional to partner me in this business. I am based in Harare Zimbabwe.
  • miemie said on May 27, 2015
    South Africa, Midrand. I have 13 yr experience in procurement mining, outsorce n education industry. Where to start
  • Sharif Akram said on June 3, 2015
    Greetings and salutations! I live in Miami, FL. I am attending graduate school for Supply Chain Management (MBA). I have 9 years experience working for different clothing and department store retailers. I am looking for an internship for summer 2016. My goal is to be a consultant.
  • Imran said on October 23, 2015
    Hi,I am a professional supply chain manager, banker with a MSc in Supply Chain from Strathclyde Uni. I am also a Green belt in Lean Six Sigma, to all who want help in setting up supply chain consultancy, I can guide you people step by step , as have good supply chain, procurement experience . Email me at imran.abbasi@hotmail.co.uk
  • Joel Siwale said on December 25, 2015
    Hi Imran,I am about to set up a supply chain consultancy company and I would like to get your thoughts of the whole process. I have sent you an email. Regards, Joel Siwale
  • Dhananjay said on December 29, 2015
    Hi, I stay in India, city Pune and planning to start Supply Chain Management consultancy business. Appreciate if you guys provide me guidance / suggestions or if you have any business idea to get the things done globally. Imran, I have also dropped you a note. Thanks. Dhananjay
  • Nicole said on January 27, 2016
    Hy I'm from south Africa, Jhb, I Just did my SCM...I'm about to start a SCM consulting business, if anyone is up to mentoring or want to join me
  • sipho said on February 16, 2016
    Hi my name is sipho hlwempu with 10 years experience in public sector supply chain management. I'm left with one module to complete my cips qualifications. I would like to start my own scm consulting firm. Anyone whose willing to join or guide me on step by step process to set up a company
  • Mpilonhle said on February 22, 2016
    Hi my name is Mpilonhle from Durban. I just completed my Honours is SCM and I would love to join a supply chain consultancy company my email address is mntshele03@gmail.com
  • Gopikrishnan said on February 26, 2016
    Dear All,I am planning to start my own recruitment consultancy. Can anyone please throw some light on what would be the procedure and how much capital would be required. You can reach me out +91-9445378386 and gopib_100@yahoo.com
  • Paulus said on March 21, 2016
    Hi Imran,i am from South Africa,Polokwane, i have a diploma in logistics & supply chain management and would like to start a supply chain consultancy business.Will appreciate if you provide me with guidance /suggestions or any business idea to get things going.Kind Regards Paulus Sekgota.
  • Gray said on June 30, 2016
    Hello everyone I starting up my own supply consulting firm here in Florida and abroad. I have 21 years in military logistics and supply. Would like to find other military trained supply personal to join me on this mission.
  • Peace Njoku said on December 14, 2016
    Hi my name is Peace Njoku, currently a District Supply Planner for a chemical distribution company here in Atlanta. I am looking to start my Supply Chain Management consulting company next year in Atlanta as well as Nigeria and somehow link them together. I am fairly new in the SC world and I am looking for someone who has expertise and knowledge to guide and support me during this process. Looking for some market insight as well as advise on what industries to tackle. Let me know.
  • Pravin Rai said on January 2, 2017
    Hi Team, This is Pravin & I have 6+ years of Supply Chain experience with TOP MNC in FMCG including Demand Planning , Supply Planning , Production Planning & also i have a good Excel Skills . If anyone wants to hire me as a part time Consultant then please send me an email @ pravin1224@gmail.com
  • Lucy said on February 15, 2017
    I have 8 years of SCM in various industries and planning on starting a consulting firm with a focus on production, supply and demand planning. I have a Master's in Supply Chain Transportation and Logistic from Univ of Washington. Any advice on how to go about it is welcome.
  • Mitchell Webb said on April 12, 2017
    I have 18+ years in materials and logistics with a concentration in aviation. I also hold a Bachelors in SCM. I have started my supply management company Manus Supply Chain Solution LLC late last year. I have some projects that I'm currently working, but they are long term. Trying to find my REAL niche has been difficult but I'm not ready to give up yet!! Any information would be appreciated!
  • Wissam beginner adviser said on June 3, 2017
    Hi. i have 15 years of logistics experience mainly on the freight forwarding and warehousing/distribution sides. looking to start a logistics consultancy. if interested to bounce ideas please reach out by msg on +31683160094

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