If you have decided to strike out on your own and go freelance or become an independant consultant, you can impress your clients with your skills and dedication by getting certified. The following certifications would be excellent additions to your resume.
Because CompTIA certifications are vendor-neutral, they make a good choice for freelancers. Holding one of these certifications shows knowledge that can be applied in multiple environments, and is not tied to a specific vendor (i.e. Microsoft or Cisco). Be sure to visit their website
for more information and complete requirements.
If you are of an artistic bent, the role of graphic artist is an excellent path for freelance work. In most cases you will need to become certified on the software or tool that you use most often. These might include Photoshop, Fireworks, Illustrator, etc. Do some research or take classes at a local community college to prepare for this career path.
Although they are few, there are some certifications out there for the more generalized topic of consulting. Most of them involve e-business solutions.
If you are a great project manager, then you are worth your weight in gold. Get certified and add a needed credential to show your clients how valuable you are. There are several great project management certifications and they range in diffuculty, allowing you to build your credentials.
Programming is yet another good line of work for freelancers. You can work on a project basis and even telecommute. Fortunately, there are loads of certifications for programmers.