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Specialist service providers cover a large scope. These are mostly B2B or business-to-business providing specialised professional services which while important, do not warrant the business employing someone to handle in house.
Examples of this work are:
Many specialist service providers are self-employed. To move into this sort of B2B service, you need to develop your overall management and scheduling skills, bookkeeping, and specialist skills. Developing your specialist skills may take specialist training or interning, but other skills can be developed in a variety of places.
Ways to get started may include:
There are many ways to progress a career in specialist services or outsource. You may progress to departmental head positions in a larger enterprise; but more often self-employment is the best way to advance.
If you branch into self-employment, there are are several things you need to work on to progress your career:Sales and Marketing -- developing materials to get your name and brand out there. This can include a website, portfolio/samples, and advertising.
You will also need to invest in further learning and develop networks. Networks are a vital way to keep new business coming in, especially if it's clear you're up to date on developments and trends. Ensure you attend trade shows, conferences, seminars, and other industry events. Subscribe to relevant publications, or go to your local library to keep up.