Become a Consultant in 5 Steps
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Become a Consultant in 5 Steps

A step by step guide to building a profitable consulting business.
4.1 (56 ratings)
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404 students enrolled
Created by Tonya Featherston
Last updated 4/2014
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 6 articles
  • 10 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • By the end of this course you will be ready to set up your consulting business
  • Learn the basics of starting your own consulting business
  • Learn how to structure your consulting sessions
  • Learn how to get clients and keep them
  • Learn how to set your fees and use online marketplaces
  • Internet
  • computer
  • Printer
  • Desire to make money

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.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone interested in consulting or starting a consulting business
  • New consultants
  • Anyone looking for a career change
Course content
Expand all 17 lectures 01:26:18
+ Course Introduction
1 lecture 00:46

Course welcome that includes an outline of the course goals and objectives.

Preview 00:46
+ The A-B-C's of Consulting
4 lectures 22:09

A discussion on what consultants do and six common traits or characteristics that all consultants have in common.

Preview 09:18

Top 10 reasons organizations hire consultants

Why 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.

Assessing your skills and talents

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.

Preview 07:18
+ Setting Up Shop
3 lectures 26:56

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.

Structuring Your Business

The basics of setting up a home office.

Home Office Set Up

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.

Setting Your Fees
+ The 5 Step Consulting Process
5 lectures 13:16

The consulting process begins with meeting the client and defining the problem.

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.

Collecting Data

Use the data that you learned to collect in the last lesson to develop recommendations for potential solutions.

Problem Solving

Tips on how to present your recommendations to the client.

Making Recommendations

Tips on how to ensure a successful implementation of your ideas.

1 page
+ Getting and Keeping Clients
3 lectures 19:30

Discussion of the most effective ways to market your business.

Marketing Your Business

How to use online marketplaces to get your first client.

Getting Your First Client

The keys to keeping your clients satisfied and happy.

Keeping Your Clients
+ Course Wrap Up
1 lecture 02:40

Congratulations on completing this course and starting your consulting company. I would love to stay connected with you and continue to support you in your journey as an entrepreneur. Join our Facebook group at

Congratulations and Next Steps