Micro-consulting: Another Innovative Opportunity for Ministry and Business

Google Helpouts and Maven - micro-consultingProverbs 16:16 says, “How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!”

Three thousand years later, we exchange a significant amount of our gold for wisdom and insight in books, coaching, consultants, colleges, seminaries and more.

It’s the information economy.

If you’re an expert on something, people are willing to pay you for your expertise.

The Internet continues to fuel innovation in the information economy, making possible new ways for the expert and the expert-seeker to connect and exchange wisdom and knowledge. Some of these innovations include online learning and ebooks.

The latest innovation is “micro-consulting.” One place its being facilitated is Maven.co. Take a look:

Google+ appears primed to take things one step further with Helpouts:

The idea of micro-consulting is still in its infancy and Helpouts aren’t even available yet, but I see lots of great opportunity here.

The micro-consulting itself has a lot of possibilities, but beyond that, it could be used for:

  • Lead generation – Provide 10 minutes of free insight and then share with the person info about your paid services.
  • Tutoring – Teachers might be able to generate some extra income by helping students online.
  • Ministry – I don’t know if Maven or Helpouts will facilitate free consulting, but if they do, a church or ministry could offer free prayer, answer questions about God, or counseling.

What do you think about idea of micro-consulting?  Would you consider using it in your business or ministry?

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

2 Responses to “Micro-consulting: Another Innovative Opportunity for Ministry and Business”

  1. I can see a great opportunity to earn money with micro-computing, for those in Ministry; and an aid to expanding ministry to others.
    The biggest potential downfall is the use of Credit Cards online as a payment source; using Credit Cards online is extremely dangerous, and is something I never do, for any reason, and will never do in the future.
    PayPal is another option, but even that is dangerous because it would have to link to a bank account.
    The only safe method to receive payments for any kind of sale or service is U.S. Postal Money Order; of course, that would not enable 'instant apply and receive' functionality online.

    I also think that this is a great potential for the huge number of very active Hackers who target Christians, Christian Ministries, and Christian Churches; which anyone in Ministry using Micro-Computing would have to be constantly aware of.

    I might consider using micro-computing in my Ministry; possibly with payment via PayPal, but I would still prefer any payments to be by U.S. Postal Money Order.

    Rev. Deborah Cancel
    SPIRITSONG DOMINION MINISTRIES

    • PaulSteinbrueck Nov 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks for your comment Rev. Cancel. I use credit cards and paypal online all the time and have never had a problem. Granted there have been lots of security breaches and credit card numbers stolen, but credit card companies always remove fraud charges.