Can a designer ever be a true consultant?

9 years ago from , UX designer at Feature Flux

The dictionary definition of consultant is:

"A person who gives professional advice or services to companies for a fee"

Does anyone have any experience with cutting out the latter part of the definition?

I'm currently studying some options, and exchanging my services for an hourly, daily, weekly or even per project basis is becoming less appealing. Maybe not less appealing, but I'm certainly interested in looking at other avenues to sell my expertise and experience.

Does anyone have any experience in making the jump from "Designer" to "Consultant"? Can a designer even be a true consultant, or will hands on design always be involved? I'd love to hear about your experiences.

Thanks Nathan