It never ceases to amaze me how much money people will pay for a good idea these days. The question is how you go about being the person who GETS paid for those good ideas. If you have an area of expertise, chances are that somebody needs it!
Think about what it is that you “specialize in”, and who would need those services. If you are great at managing inventory – say you used to manage a restaurant, you could conceivably market yourself as an inventory management consultant, and review sales figures in order to determine how much of a given product to order.
Sometimes, you can work backwards, and look for different branches of consulting-see if any of them apply to areas of knowledge which you possess. If not, feel free to create one. As long as it describes what you do, you’re fine. A word of caution – don’t be too specific, you don’t want people to think that what you offer, isn’t what they want!
You can also redesign your job title. One of my buddies from college was a graphic design artist one day, doing logos, and 2 weeks later he was an advertising consultant, doing complete media and marketing packages – but making over 3 times as much money!
All it takes is a little bit of ingenuity and a stack of business cards. With cards in hand, give them to everyone you know. The words “consultant” and “services” usually stand out.
Think about it – “graphic design artist” or “graphic consultant services.” For some reason, seeing those two words together prepares your potential clients for the added value – and cost to expect from you.