A Guide to Professional Consulting - Part One

This course introduces the student to the world of professional consulting and the many options available for them.
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Instructed by Dan Grijzenhout Business / Strategy
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

This course provides the student with several lectures that collectively when finished, provides them with a thorough introduction to the world of professional consulting. This course is designed to help the person who is considering undertaking a consulting career. It covers the following topics:

  • What the consulting lifestyle looks like – and the pros and cons to being a consultant
  • What combination of skills and experience are required to be successful at consulting
  • What are the most common areas of service (disciplines) that consultants can profitably market
  • How much on average a consultant can charge for his or her services by consulting discipline
  • When should a consultant operate as a sole proprietorship and when should incorporation be considered
  • What is required to be able to consult internationally
  • What is required to consult in the USA if you are resident in Canada
  • How do you obtain international “Trade NAFTA” status to consult throughout North America

At the end of this course, the student will have gained greater insights into the world of professional consulting. This knowledge gained should help the student to both better decide if a consulting future is appropriate for them and also help them get started as a consultant if they choose to move ahead in this career direction.

What are the requirements?

  • Students should be knowledgeable in a marketable business skill with strength in their resumes that can demonstrate this knowledge to others or be planning to gain that skill in the near future

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand what skills and experience are required to become a professional consultant
  • Have insights as to what consulting disciplines best meet the student's skillsets
  • Have a better understanding as to what they can charge for their consulting services and how to ensure that their engagement expenses are covered

What is the target audience?

  • This course targets people thinking about becoming a consultant who have demonstrated skills and experience in a business discipline that they believe is marketable

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: A Guide to Professional Consulting - Part One
04:19

This lecture is a course overview. It describes who we are and what we do and what we want to achieve as a consultant. It also introduces the full program of consulting courses that will soon be on the Udemy platform. I am working on Parts Two through Five Now...

09:46

This lecture discusses in overview what it takes to become a consultant, what kind of revenues can be earned, what are the advantages and risks, what the consulting lifestyle can be like, what tools will be needed to consult effectively, and how to promote oneself to potential clients so that new consulting engagements can be initiated.

10:06

This lecture discusses a number of the more common "consulting disciplines" or vocations that people can undertake in order to earn successful livings as a "Niche" consultant with expertise in their field. In addition to discussing these disciplines, estimations on the consulting rate ranges for each disciplines are provided, giving the student a reasonable idea as to what he or she would be able to charge for services provided.

09:26

This lecture discusses both the advantages and disadvantages of both corporations and proprietorships. Recommendations as to when and under what circumstances a person starting out as a sole proprietorship should consider incorporating are also discussed. Business reasons, financial reasons and tax implications are also discussed with strategies recommended. Raising capital, getting paid in dividends and other related topics are also discussed within this lecture.

04:28

After completing this lecture, the student will have gained a better appreciation to the pros and cons of being a consultant and living the consultant lifestyle. The lecture includes discussion on what consultants can earn and how they get to pay less taxes than an employee does; the risks of always having to market for another project after one is completely; ensuring you get paid on a project; and the uncertainty of how much you make each month balanced against how lucrative a consulting career can be.

06:03

This video discusses why computer programmers need to stay technically current in their profession and also why it is very likely necessary for them to take additional professional consulting training to ensure productive and profitable careers.

05:05

On completion of this lecture, the student will learn what it takes to become a successful consultant. Discussion points include the education and experience you need to have, the toolkits you will need to build, how to market your services to find and secure new engagements, and what kind of documentation "templates" you should build and have at hand.

07:40

This lecture provides detailed insights on how Canadians can be allowed to provide consulting services in other countries including the USA. Working cross border under Trade Nafta is discussed in considerable detail, strategies to ensure you are able to get paid and actually obtain your money is discussed as are terms for conducting consulting engagements in other countries - such as when you need to consult through 3rd party brokers, when it may be required to and when it makes sense to set up a foreign country incorporated business entity to provide services through and more...

03:39

This lecture discusses the differences for a consultant working under a W2 contract with a client and under a 1099 contract with a client.

05:17

If you want to create a professional marketing presentation and be able to have it viewed by video, this lecture shows you how you can create this professional video using Microsoft PowerPoint. It will view with audio and any "animations" you wish to include. Just upload it to YouTube for viewing, send it to your customers or clients in an e-mail or use it in front of a client or prospect on a screen when presenting to him/her. Whatever your need, this strategy can add another level of professionalism and smoothness to your business.

3 questions

This short quiz poses 3 questions I want to reinforce with my students. This is good information for a consultant to remember.

Section 2: Bonus Content
06:53

This lecture discusses a number of general strategies you should consider employing to protect your computer against both the threats of hacking and importation of viruses.

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Instructor Biography

Dan Grijzenhout, 35+ Years of Consulting and Entrepreneurial Expertise!

About Dan Grijzenhout: For close to thirty years, Dan has been a professional business and information systems consulting professional working to executive levels for both private and public sector organizations globally, a number of which were "Fortune" level enterprises. Dan has founded, operated and sold an online global payment services company that moves millions of dollars on behalf of its 100,000 plus account holders annually; he has been interviewed on the show "World Business Review" by former head of NATO and Secretary of State, General Alexander Haig, for his work in advanced digital and online telecommunications services and nation-wide online and card based "Loyalty" programs; and now works at writing and building training programs to share his years of experience with others interested in online entrepreneurship.

Social Media Marketing, Content Creation and Authorship: During the past few years, Dan has focused nearly all his time and energy on designing and building online marketing systems and social media marketing platforms. In fact, Dan recently completed a two year project as the project manager and chief architect to build a marketing system used by several major airlines, travel agencies and Fortune Level manufacturing corporations. Dan has written, self-published and self-marketed five books now being sold through Amazon Kindle and Create Space; he has written and published over 40 published social media related training/learning articles, and has created over 100 training videos and knowledge enhancing video podcasts.

He has gained expertise in many online content creation tool-sets including the full suite of Adobe Creative tools and Adobe Dreamweaver for website development; video and audio editing software; 3rd party social media related website services and content creation partners; and most main-stream social communication platforms including Facebook and Facebook business pages, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus, Reddit, Goodreads, Amazon Author Central, LinkedIn, Ezine Articles Publishing, Amazon-Kindle Book Publishing, Amazon Create Space and more. On these social media platforms, Dan has now amassed over 15,000 followers and subscribers and more are following him daily.

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