The challenges of being a software consultant

August 9, 2016 | by Rodolfo Ortiz

In App development, developers

Consulting is an area that is in high demand in the software market, and yet, it is definitely not for everybody as it presents a specific set of challenges. 

Being a software consultant is not that easy, but is amazing!

Here are some software consultant challenges I’ve come across in my personal experience.

Continuous learning

As a software consultant, just this year I was involved in an application for blood management, an application for point rewards, and now in Blitz, a sales commission tracking software. I took all this in less than 9 months. You need to be ready to switch between very different areas of domain knowledge. This also translates into technology. If you don’t keep up to date on technology, in 6 months your knowledge becomes outdated.

People skills

People skills are challenge for a software consultant

There are several people a software consultant needs to interact with. The most common ones are your project manager, your client and your team. The most important things are managing expectations with your stakeholders, and practicing your interpersonal skills to gain the trust and engage those around you. Being introverted is not negative, as long as it doesn’t affect your relationships with other people.

Personality

Some of the traits that top consultants have are energy, confidence and passion. We need to be able to convince our stakeholders of what’s best for them. Let's face it, most of the time, they don’t know exactly what they want. Experience plays a big part in this. An experienced software consultant will have confidence, and stakeholders will trust his or her advice.

Having a life

A software consultant should enjoy life

How can we have time to have a life when we need to be constantly learning, growing our interpersonal skills, or developing a network? Try to be efficient with your time -keeping in mind that it is limited. Get enough sleep at night to give your 100% at work and focus only on what’s aligned with your goals. By having a life I don’t mean going to the movies, but spending time away from your computer.

Always keep in mind that you’re allowed to make mistakes. These challenges are not easy and the key is persistence.