The first step to becoming a Linux® consultant is to become skilled in setting up, installing, and implementing Linux®. Linux® is an affordable, open source software system that is a third of the price of many operating systems and can be modified by the end user since the code is completely open to modification. You will need to have an in-depth knowledge of the Linux® system in order to provide consulting services to individuals or businesses that wish to take advantage of the open source software. There is much interest in Linux® and becoming a consultant for the open source software program requires you to undergo several steps, including taking classes or learning on your own, gaining work experience, marketing and building a clientele.
One of the best ways to become a Linux® consultant is to begin offering your services. Generally, by starting out as an unpaid consultant and by doing good work for people who will be able to give you references later on, you will be able to build a clientele and a reference list that will impress other businesses and individuals who may be in the market for a Linux® consultant in the near future. Learning everything that you can and taking any classes that you can about Linux® will also help to build your resume and establish your knowledge and experience, all of which will help your credibility as a Linux® consultant.
Another step in your path to becoming a Linux® consultant on your own may be to begin by working for a technology firm or other operation that either uses Linux® or consults or sets up Linux®-based systems for other individuals. Establishing a strong work history related to your Linux® experience with a company that is already noted as a provider of Linux® services or consulting can give you more credibility when you decide to go out on your own and begin doing Linux® consulting work. You may also be able to build up a network of people who will need a Linux® consultant and who may decide to transfer their business to your firm once you have left your employer.
One final step to becoming a Linux® consultant is to network. By getting your name out there, meeting people in non-business environments, and getting yourself known as someone who is involved in Linux® programming and in the consulting field, you will be doing the best kind of free advertising. Ideally, people whom you have met will begin coming to you asking for help or consulting advice.