This is an interactive, hands on course where you will be coached through the steps of setting up a consulting company. You will learn the ABC's of setting up a consulting company from determining the structure of your business to how to set your fees. This course will show you exactly how to use the five step consulting process with your clients, and includes sample forms and documents that you can use to get started. Lastly, you will learn how to market your services, and find clients.
A discussion on what consultants do and six common traits or characteristics that all consultants have in common.
Top 10 reasons organizations hire consultants
A discussion of the content skills and process skills needed by a consultant. Learn how to assess your skills using two supplemental exercises: the entrepreneur self assessment and consulting skills checklist.
Choosing a specialty is an important step in setting up a successful consulting company. Here you will find a list of at least 50 different consulting specialties that you can choose from. Determining your target audience and where to find clients is also a key to your success.
A discussion on ways to minimize the risk you take in starting a business. Structuring your business by determining if you will be a part-time entrepreneur, home-based or internet based. Determining the name and legal structure of the business is also dicussed.
The basics of setting up a home office.
The 3 fee structures most often used in consulting: Hourly fees, Project fees and Retainer fees. Tips are provided on how to select the best fee structure for your business.
The consulting process begins with meeting the client and defining the problem.
After you determine the nature of the problem your client is facing, the next task is to collect data that will assist you in coming up with a solution.
Use the data that you learned to collect in the last lesson to develop recommendations for potential solutions.
Tips on how to present your recommendations to the client.
Tips on how to ensure a successful implementation of your ideas.
Discussion of the most effective ways to market your business.
How to use online marketplaces to get your first client.
The keys to keeping your clients satisfied and happy.
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Tonya Featherston has over 20 years of experience as an educator and entrepreneur. She is an educational consultant with expertise in school administration, nonprofit management, restorative justice practices, and adolescent development. Dr. Featherston holds a Master’s Degree in Education and a PhD in Psychology. Dr. Featherston has developed nonprofit organizations such as Just For Youth, Inc. a nonprofit youth development organization and she is currently the Founder of Urban Education Services, a Baltimore based educational consulting company. As an author, speaker, consultant and trainer, Dr. Featherston is an international presenter in the areas of school climate, relational aggression, adolescent development, and restorative practices.