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What Does a PR Consultant Do?

A public relations specialist or consultant communicates with the public on behalf of other companies or organizations. Known for writing press releases, PR specialists also coordinate events.

Although there are no education requirements to get started as a PR consultant, you need to be knowledgeable in the areas of journalism and advertising. Since you'll be working with the public, you'll need to be able to communicate well, think creatively, have self confidence and be self-motivated.

To start your own public relations firm, you will need to get trained in the field of public relations, media and marketing. You can enroll in a course at your local college or you can complete PR training courses from home - entirely on the web.

Public Relations Training - What Do You Need to Know?

  • Completing Jobs: To complete jobs for clients, PR Specialists need to be able to quickly write and communicate effectively through email, memos, letters, reports, proposals, news releases, broadcasts, ad copy, speeches, newsletters, brochures, magazines and annual reports.
  • Working with the Public: PR Consultants also must be knowledgable in crisis communications, conflict management, public opinion and corporate public relations.
  • Starting a Business: Working for yourself is entirely different than being employed for another company. If you want to launch your own PR firm, you need to know public relations AND how to run a business.

If you feel unsure in any of these areas, consider getting training. You can train online at home through accredited schools for a fraction of the cost of a traditional classroom education.  

What Equipment is Needed to Start a PR Firm?

At a minimum, you'll need a computer and internet connection. It's also a good idea to get a separate business phone line - it's inexpensive (Were you aware that you can use an 800# for as low as $2/month?). It's not professional to have customers calling you on your home phone.

For your business bookkeeping, you can hire a professional or you can do it yourself with affordable accounting software like Quickbooks Pro or Quickbooks Simple Start.

Setting Up Your PR Business

If you have a name for your business, register the name with your county clerk. You will need a business license, even if you work from home. All you do is walk into city hall and apply (you may even be able to apply online at your city's website, depending on where you live).  

After you have a business name and license, you can open a business bank account, so you keep your personal and business finances organized and separate. Being able to accept credit cards from customers can greatly increase your revenue, as many consumers prefer to pay this way. Getting a merchant account or online payment processing system can be very inexpensive - and even free.

Create a website (you do this for free) to advertise your PR services. Include company background information, the services you provide and most importantly, the benefits that customers receive by doing business with you. Use your company logo to instantly make your website look more professional.

No logo? Design a logo online. With technology these days, you can design a really professional logo yourself without paying the high price. It doesn't take that long, and you don't need any graphic design experience. In addition, you can take full advantage of it by using it on brochures, business cards and numerous business materials like invoices.

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Marketing Your PR Business

Announce that you're starting a public relations company by handing out your newly-designed brochures and business cards to friends and business people you know. Give a first-time customer discount so that people are encouraged to test-drive your service or refer it to others. Become a member of professional groups like PRSA, local associations like the Chamber of Commerce and social networking websites like LinkedIn.

List your firm in the yellow pages and other local online directories for increased exposure. 

Also, a great way to let the public know about your PR firm and demonstrate your skills is to write press releases for local charity organizations and help plan and promote fundraisers in your community. People appreciate you for your goodwill and see the benefits you provide first-hand. You're likely to get new clients and referrals as a results of your generosity.

Finding Public Relations Jobs & Customers
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Whether you want to find customers or do freelance work as an independent contractor, online job sites can be a good way to find work and clients.

Why? Some companies looking to hire may be open to outsource to an independent contractor because they don't have to incur hiring fees. You can also set up a partnership where you pay them a referral fee for any customers they send you. You can also find freelance public relations jobs online here: Freelance Job Sites.

Set up a simple website for under $50/year to advertise your public relations services. Help people find you in the search engines: get listed in 20 search engines for free or in 300 search engines for $4.

Local Search is becoming more and more popular. People are many times using online search instead of the traditional yellow pages to find local businesses. Local Search sources that are affordable and receive substantial traffic include: Google Local, Yelp, Super Pages and Insider Pages.

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