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How I setup a software testing consultancy

One question that keeps popping up into my inbox is …..I want to setup a software testing consultancy…any advice?
Ohhh yes. Heaps of advice. I don’t know if it will do anyone any good, but I have heaps of advice. However before I start down that path, I thought a far better and honest approach would be to share with whoever is  interested  how I started my consultancy business.

So, a bit of history.

Setting up a Test Consultancy in Australia

By 1998 I had worked on some great testing areas such as European Compliance Testing, R&D for some companies who really  knew about testing… Nortel and IBM to name drop a few. But to be honest, the corporate path never interested me. So with a decision I took totally lightly I setup a company. Easy Peasy. It cost me $600 Australian dollars and there it was, AMH Solutions Pty Ltd.

I got loads of work, mostly through contracting and though I would have preferred to work directly with a customer, I never gave the issue much thought.

Then I had kids.

Determine your Test Consultancy Success

I still really wanted to work, but I decided that considering my new found responsibilities, part time or freelance would be preferable. I figured that running a consultancy was ideal, if I could just find the work.

The first thing I did was go back to my old companies I had worked for. I explained I wanted freelance or part-time work and what do you know, within three weeks I was employed running a test management role for three days a week.

So things ticked along. I got additional work through word of mouth. I also contacted a few agencies and they kept me on the books for short term work only. I got some great jobs through that.

The Best thing about a Test Consultancy

For most of the time, I have really enjoyed it. One thing I have never regretted is working for myself. I love it. I enjoy the challenge and the freedom that it provides me. I get to set my own goals, where I want to be and what direction I want my company to take. I define my own success.

I am happy.

I need encouragement! If you like what you read, please show it 🙂

12 thoughts on “How I setup a software testing consultancy

  1. Best question all week……You don’t have to be a test consultant to benefit from this advice
    From my experience, you have got to go back to the basics.
    That means, to get new work, you have to talk to people who you have worked with previously.
    It doesn’t matter if you don’t get work out of them, what you want to get is tips.

    Ask them how they they would go about getting business.

    Most people love giving their opinion, so give them the opportunity to provide you with some advice.

    For what its worth, that’s the advice I was given by a top lawyer…and its always worked for me.

  2. Great blog – I will read with interest – I am always asked – how do I start a new team in software testing?

  3. Your Blog is just amazing.

    This sounds really great!!! I am planning to start a company which deals with web-wireless software that runs on PDA’s as well as on the internet….. I am worried about how to handle BIG CORPORATE Clients… I am sure, that I can get Clients soon, but… I have no Idea about how to handle them if my software had BUGS…. or if there is a delay in submitting the work…. gosh… that scares me a lot….once I work up with that fear of handling Corporate Clients… I definitely will start a consultancy… Please give me your opinion on the issue that I have. I definitely need some advice.

    Thank You People.

  4. I am a diploma holder in Software Development. I am interested in opening a software testing consultancy. I am a fresher don’t have enough experience of the market behavior and trends, don’t have enough contacts to fetch work.I am in a difficult situation. please help me where to get the client. or any one of you can get me work.I hails from INDIA.

    Thanks in advance
    Lenart Brave

  5. Hi I am interested in opening a software testing consultancy.i have 3 year exp. in software and website testing. but how can do this, plz help me for this.

    Thanx

    LK Sharma

  6. Hi All, Warm wishes.
    Introducing myself, I am Smruti Ranjan Badu having 10+ yrs of IT experiences & 6+ into Testing. Currently I am working as Project Manager in one of Reputed IT MNC.

    Guys I need your suggestion/Guidance/Help to get project for my Testing Consultancy, we are working under umbrella of Shrusti International with highly talented resources. We are competent in Functional testing, Performance testing, GUI Testing, Ad-hock testing, UAT testing. We do conduct both in manual & automation testing as required by client.

    We are ready to handle all kind of challenging work in Quality, I am assured you for timely delivery within the agreed budget.

    Your Guidance and help will guide us to achieve our GOAL.

    Thanks & Regards
    Yours truly,
    Smruti Ranjan Badu

  7. Hi Anne,Greetings!

    Your blog is very inspirational.
    Actually I’ve just started my career in testing but what I feel, I never chosen testing field rather It has selected me , because in the beginning i was thinking that wish i could be in development field but gradually I’m being addicted of it;Now I,ve decided to spend my whole life doing testing, but when I thought this , it came in my mind after all there will be a goal which I should be achieving after some time span but what is that then I started to search on the net but not satisfied yet.
    Hope my search ends here 🙂
    I’m not so enthusiast to have a consultancy but would love to be a freelancer so , may be its a ridicules question but may I know how much time will it takes to be a freelancer specially for a fresher and mind telling me the path/step to be so ???

  8. Hi Anne,Greetings!

    Your blog is very inspirational.
    Actually I’ve just started my career in testing but what I feel, I never chosen testing field rather It has selected me , because in the beginning i was thinking that wish i could be in development field but gradually I’m being addicted of it;Now I,ve decided to spend my whole life doing testing, but when I thought this , it came in my mind after all there will be a goal which I should be achieving after some time span but what is that then I started to search on the net but not satisfied yet.
    Hope my search ends here 🙂
    I’m not so enthusiast to have a consultancy but would love to be a freelancer so , may be its a ridicules question but may I know how much time will it takes to be a freelancer specially for a fresher and mind telling me the path/step to follow to be the same???

    Thanks & Regards
    Ravi Prakash Singh

  9. Hi Anne,
    Greetings from KiwiQA Services !

    Your blog is very inspirational. Recently we have setup Testing consultancy in Ahmedabad. We are pure QA/testing company. Focused on manual,Automation and mobile Testing Whenever you want to start consultancy please consider following points.

    1.You need to setup Complete Process for Testing
    2.Setup Any bug Tracking tool
    3.Define Process for manual & Automation Testing
    4.Define what will be your deliverable in given project
    5.design Project Sign Off form.

    Thanks
    Niranjan Limbachiya

  10. Hi Anne I am new into software testing consultancy business. Looking out for business proposal and consultancy services. Nice to see there are lot more people and consultant in testing.
    A strong platform for all consultant.

  11. I am not a consultant, just have a little bit of advice that I think will go a long way. It would be very beneficial for those who under 2 years of experience in sofware testing to continue to work in regular testing environments. Build up your experience, learn all you can, build contacts and then start thinking of going out on your own. Juat a thought.

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