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Want To Start a Consultancy Business?

A consultant is someone with expertise in a particular area who offers advice to others. A consultant may be regarded as having expert knowledge because what they specialise in is beyond the scope of most people's awareness. Usually, a consultant is employed on a temporary basis until a particular task has been completed. Consultants can represent a broad range of professions and industries.Examples include:

  • Engineering
  • Management
  • Human resources
  • Marketing
  • Information technology
  • Strategic planning
  • Real estate/estate agency
  • Architecture
  • Corporate finance
  • Financial advice
  • Politics
  • Public sector
  • Legal
  • Business start up
  • Education
  • Media
  • Public relations
  • Employment
  • Environmental issues
  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Building
  • Planning
  • Health
  • Medical

From this list you can see that there are potential consultancy roles in just about every employment sector. If you think of a job, you can probably think of a possible consultancy role for someone with specialist knowledge within that area of work.

Course Details

If you are doing the course full time you can complete it in 6 weeks, if you are studying part time then it will take 3-6 months on average to complete the course. Your course will expire after 1 year.

You can start the course at any time as it is a self-paced online course.

Course Outline

There are 8 lessons in this course:

1. Determining If a Consultancy Practice is for You
• Nature and Scope
• Pros and Cons of Being a Consultant
• What is Needed to be a Consultant
• Codes of Contact
• Are You Ready
• Getting Started

2. Planning a Consultancy Practice: Part 1
• Methods of Entering Business
• Deciding Where to Work
• Equipment
• Start Up Finance
• Business Structures
• Insurance
• Set Up Costs
• Having Assistance Available

3. Planning a Consultancy Practice: Part 2
• Preparing a Business Plan for a Consultancy
• Business Plan Pro Forma

4. Knowing What to Charge
• Determining Costs
• Available Work Time
• Convincing Clients of Value in Your Fees

5. Setting Up Your Consulting Practice
• Finding Clients
• Marketing a Consultancy Practice
• Establishing a Press Kit
• Using the Internet
• Stationary
• Networking
• Communications

6. Keeping Accounts and Records
• Keeping Records
• Source Documents
• Handling Invoices
• Time sheets
• Being Organised

7. How to Generate Business & Keep It
• Using Agents or Brokers
• Sub Contracting other Consultants and Support Services
• Propagating Referrals
• References from Clients
• Tenders
• Writing Articles
• Successful Client Relations
• Closing a Deal
• Keeping Clients
• Dealing with Clients who Say No
• Principles of Getting Business

8. Maintaining Your Consultancy Practice
• Hiring Staff, Expanding Business
• Creating Passive Income
• Working in a Changing World


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