How to be a Consultant: A Simple Plan for Consulting Success

Learn if becoming a consultant is right for you and create a simple plan to launch your consulting business.
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

Join over 1,000 students from 92 countries learning how to be a consultant and leaving the drudgery of employment behind! This highly rated, information-packed course will help you decide if consulting is right for you, and teach you how to successfully start a consulting business.

For the past 18 years I have been a consultant who has created 6 highly profitable consulting businesses in many different fields.

My consulting career has enabled me to:

  • Live where I want to live
  • Work from home and not commute
  • Do work that I love
  • Do work that has meaning
  • Balance work and leisure
  • AND make a great income

This course is not based on theory. It is born of real world experience gained from years of consulting. By spending about 90 minutes in this course you will have a crystal clear understanding of how to be a consultant including the following:

  • Whether or not consulting the right career option for you
  • What the risks of starting a consulting business are, and how you can successfully manage those risks
  • How to set up and run your own consulting business

This class also includes the following powerful resources for your use to help you become a consultant:

  • A proven tool to identify the kinds of work you are passionate about
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to use Google to determine if there is demand for your consulting services, and exactly how to position yourself in the marketplace
  • A spreadsheet that will enable you to calculate your financial runway for launching your consulting business, and how to manage the finical risk involved
  • How to acquire the skills you need to deliver your services with excellence
  • Links to 55 organizations of consultants that you can team up with to get your business off the ground
  • Actual templates for all the documents you need to successfully run your consulting business
  • And much, much more!

Don't let fear of the unknown stop you from pursing a rewarding career in consulting. You have my personal guarantee that this course will help you make the leap or you can get a full refund from Udemy. Overcome your fears and set sail toward a bright future by enrolling in this outstanding course on how to be a consultant!

What are the requirements?

  • Knowledge or expertise that you can share through consulting, or the willingness to acquire such expertise
  • A Basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Decide if Consulting is the Right Career Choice
  • Manage the Risk of Starting a Consulting Business
  • Set Up and Run Your Own Consulting Business

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone with the desire to do what they love, and get paid handsomely for doing it
  • Anyone with the desire to live wherever they want to live
  • Anyone with the desire to set their own work schedule
  • Anyone with the desire to work from home and not commute
  • Anyone who wants to own a prosperous and personally meaningful business

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Consulting as a Career

In this lecture you will learn about my background, the kinds of consulting businesses I have started and gain an overview of the course.


In this lecture you will learn the definition of a consultant, how it differs from being an employee, and what the pros and cons of those differences are.


In this lecture you will learn how much money I have made in 6 different consulting business that I have started and get an idea about how much you might be able to earn.

10 questions

Take this 10 question test to help you decide of consulting is a good fit for you. Answer the questions as honestly as possible, and be true to your real feelings.

Here is how to interpret your results:

10 Correct -Go for it! Consulting is a perfect fit!

7-9 Correct -Consulting is looking good for you. Examine the answers you got wrong to see how important those are compared to the ones you got right

4-6 Correct -Consulting may or may not be for you. As you go through the rest of this course, be on the lookout for negative reactions to the risks of a consulting career. If these risks seem overwhelming to you, you may not be ready to be a consultant.

0-4 Correct - Consulting is probably not a good fit for you. You should be very careful about moving forward with consulting as a career as there is a high probability that it will not be a good fit.

Section 2: Managing the Risk of Becoming a Consultant

In this lecture you will gain an overview the 4 different kinds of risk involved in starting a consulting business and see a graphic visualization of how to create a successful consulting business.


In this lecture you will learn how to identify your passion factors, and use them to guide you in deciding what kind of consultant to be.


In this lecture you will learn how to use Google to determine if there is demand for the type of consulting you want to do, and how to position your consulting services in the marketplace.


In this lecture you will learn how to determine if you have the skills needed to be a consultant, and if not, how you can acquire the skills you need.


in this lecture you will learn how calculate your “financial runway” and use it to decide if you have enough funds to start your consulting business.

Section 3: How to Run Your Consulting Business – Hint: Its WAY Easier than You Think

In this lecture you will gain an overview of the 5 key things you need to know how to do to successfully operate a consulting business.


In this lecture you will learn the pros and cons of different business structures and how to decide which one to pick for your consulting business.


In this lecture you will learn how to get your clients to agree to your fees in writing so you are both on the same page, including two sample proposals.


In this lecture you will learn how to bill your clients and get paid for your work, including sample invoices


In this lecture you will learn how to estimate and pay your own taxes as a consultant.


In this lecture you will learn how to keep track of your income and expenses using a simple excel worksheet.


In this lecture you will get a concise summary of what has been presented in the course and get the inspiration you need to venture forth as a consultant!

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Instructor Biography

Tom Kuthy, Consultant, Trainer and Mentor to Other Consultants

Tom Kuthy has been a successful consultant for most of the past 18 years. He has worked in firms with other consultants, created entirely new consulting businesses from scratch, and trained and mentored over 150 other consultants in 15 countries around the world.

Tom's consulting experience spans many different industries. He has been a Mergers and Acquisitions consultant to mid-size businesses, an investment real estate consultant, a college internship finding consultant, a digital marketing consultant, a new business development consultant, and a lead generation consultant to small businesses.

Consulting has enabled Tom to enjoy what he calls the three freedoms: Geographic Freedom to live in some pretty cool places, Creative Freedom to do the kind of work he loves, and Temporal Freedom to manage his time the way he sees fit. All while making a six figure income.

Tom currently divides his time between the Reno/Tahoe area and downtown Dallas working as a digital marketing consultant with WSI. His practice is ranked in the top 5 out of a network of over 1,000 consultants in 81 countries around the world. He also teaches High End Consulting to other WSI consultants across the globe, and his materials have been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Swedish.

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