Being a freelance SAP consultant offers a great opportunity to work with international SAP clients and enrich your professional experience. However, tackling international projects requires additional skills beyond SAP proficiency.
In this ZTalent blog post we provide you with some tips on how to work with international SAP clients as a freelance consultant. From expanding your professional network to building a solid online reputation, these tips will help you stand out in the global marketplace.
1.- Expand your professional network
Having contacts is key to connecting with international customers. Join SAP-related online groups and communities on platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Actively participate in discussions, share your knowledge and make connections with other industry professionals.
In addition, consider attending both local and international SAP-related conferences and events. These events provide opportunities to meet potential customers, network and learn about the latest trends and developments in the SAP field.
2.- Specialise in an SAP area
Specialisation in a specific SAP area is key to stand out in the international market. Research and analyse current trends and demands. Identify an area in which you have an interest and affinity, and which is also relevant and in demand by international customers. Obtain certifications in that specific area to demonstrate your expertise and knowledge.
Keep up to date with new developments and updates in your field of expertise. By having in-depth, specialised knowledge in a specific solution, you will become a highly sought-after resource for international clients requiring specialised expertise in that field.
3.- Acquire intercultural skills
Working with international SAP clients involves interacting with people from different cultures and backgrounds. It is essential to acquire cross-cultural skills to adapt to the business norms and customs of each country. Research and understand cultural and communication differences, such as work styles, negotiation styles, and professional expectations.
Develop effective communication skills, both verbal and written, to adapt to different communication styles and avoid misunderstandings. Practise empathy and adaptability, being aware of the cultural perspectives and values of your international clients.
4.- Build a solid online reputation
In today’s digital world, building a solid online reputation is essential to attract international clients. Create a personal website or blog where you can share your experience, knowledge and achievements in the SAP field. Regularly publish relevant and useful content for your audience. Participate in SAP-related online forums and discussion groups, providing answers and solutions to questions to demonstrate your expertise and help other professionals. Ask for recommendations and testimonials from satisfied customers and colleagues to support your expertise.
This active participation will allow you to demonstrate your expertise and help others, which will help you build a strong online reputation. In addition, ask for recommendations and testimonials from satisfied customers and colleagues you have worked with. These testimonials will support your expertise and build confidence in your ability as an SAP consultant.