Nutrition consultants provide information about health and diet to a variety of clients, giving advice on many conditions affected by diet including stress, insomnia, intolerances and skin conditions as well as on weight control and obesity. A nutrition consultant can work in a variety of environments - some advise individuals, working as personal coaches while others are contracted by local authorities of healthcare providers, working in schools, hospitals and the community. There could be opportunities to advise sports teams, supermarkets or restaurants.
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Become qualified. Ensure that the knowledge and skills you have are up-to-date. Contact the Nutrition Society for the latest information on qualifications and registering.
Research the market. Find out what opportunities are available to you in your local area. Research other nutrition consultants working near you and find out how successful they are and where their clients are based.
Find out about funding. Make a business plan detailing how you will market and manage your business including financial projections. Take this to any meetings with potential investors.
Decide where you will work. Allocate a space at home as a consulting room to start with or consider renting a dedicated space. Adhere to health and safety regulations and ensure you provide adequate facilities for clients such as toilet facilities and parking.
Take out professional indemnity insurance to protect yourself from any claims made against by clients following your advice. Have public liability insurance too if clients visit you at your place of work.
Make contacts in the business world to spread the word about your service. Try LinkedIn or contact the British Chambers of Commerce for advice. Look into any government or local authority funded incentives that encourage healthy eating and offer your services.
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