Most Promising Fields for Independent Consultants? - Looking for some suggestions...O
I like the idea of being my own boss, and in particular, being able to take time off to TRAVEL throughout my career...so I have been thinking about going for an MBA/PhD in an area of strength, putting some time in at a management consulting firm to learn the business, and then going out on my own as an independent consultant. If things don't work out as planned, I'll still have that PhD, so I'll be able to teach, and I'll have summer's off to travel (b-school profs make 100k+).
But, honestly, I'd like to make a little more than 100k/year...and I'd like to work a little less than 9 months/year. I'm guessing that some of you are writing me off as 'lazy' at this point and moving towards the 'back' button, but really, what is so wrong about what I'm proposing!? There are plenty of highly skilled professionals in our economy making a million+/year. What's so wrong about putting in the same time as them to get the right education, and then working half as much, for half as much!?
I don't need THAT much money to live the kind of life I want to live. Just enough to have a nice small house somewhere (a home base, if you will)...a car I'm not embarrased to be seen in...a large travel budget...and if I have any kids, the means to send them to a good school.
So, basically, I'm looking for a highly paid field with a shortage of highly skilled professionals. But, I'm not overly familiar with the landscape of management consulting at this point, so I'm looking for some leads to help get me started. Any feedback would be greatly, greatly appreciated!
Thank you very much in advance.