Most independent developers are members of NI's Alliance program. Go to http://digital.ni.com/productpages/nialliance.nsf/main?readform for more details. IMHO, a LabVIEW consultant should have a bit more experience than a couple of little programs. You'll have to convince any prospective client why he should use you and not a competitor. Experience will also give you the ability to judge how long any particular job might take. This is critical in determining how much you will charge and when the job can be delivered. My recomendation would be to first find a job as a LabVIEW programmer and become an expert in one or two areas (such as daq). In the meantime, also do some research on running a small business (you'll have to be your own accountant, salesma
n, etc.), get to know your local NI sales engineer, and research your local market to determine the need for consultants. Good luck.