This guide for consultants shows you how to successfully start and run a consulting business. If you are considering a consulting career, this course will help you decide if that's right for you. Even experienced consultants are likely to gain valuable insights from this course. This self-paced course requires no textbook or instructor.
Consulting can be highly lucrative. This guide for new consultants will help you start your consultancy the right way.
Approximate study time: 15 hours
Be able to make informed, rather than disinformed, decisions about consulting.
Upon completion of this this course, you will:
Understand why 98% of consultants fail.
Understand how you can succeed.
Be able to evaluate if consulting is for you.
Be able to employ simple strategies to succeed as a consultant.
Understand how to identify your target market and position yourself properly.
Be able to attract and retain clients.
Understand how to steer clear of crushing liabilities.
Avoid common consultant pitfalls.
Improve your income.
Reduce your stress.
Enjoy a fuller, more productive life.
Ten reasons to buy this course and know this material:
10. Most people have some specialized expertise that is
valuable to someone else, but just don't know how to market that--you deserve
some reward for what you know.
9. Having a consultancy enables you to reduce stress by adding
income doing something you enjoy.
8. Having this knowledge allows you to do consulting without the
problems most consultants experience.
7. This course is a lot quicker than going to court.
6. This course focuses on what you really need to know, in a way you
5. A good consulting business, whether on the side or full-time,
presents opportunities that can be life-changing and life-enhancing.
4. This knowledge helps you make the right decisions about
3. The right approach to consulting saves time and energy, while
reducing or eliminating those "painful moments."
2. By taking this course, you gain insight into specifics of running
and the number one reason to buy this course and learn
1. You owe it to yourself to know this
information. Why limit yourself to a salary in a corporate job, when this knowledge
can set you free?
This looks really interesting but I can't figure out what you are sending or how you are sending it.
These are downloadable files. In other words, you get download instructions as soon as the buying part is done and you get the files right away.
What is it that I'm going to get and how? Is it a file that I’ll download? Is it mailed?
As soon as your purchase is complete, you will receive download instructions both on screen and via e-mail. You download self-extracting zip file that contains the course material. Depending on the course, the individual files will be in the rich text format or in the e-book format. Most materials are in the easier-to-handle rich text format.
Are we talking about a lot of pages for me to read?
Here's something that pleasantly surprises most people about these.
If you look at a typical $99 professional book, most of it is filler. These courses don't have the filler. Ditto for $995 seminars covering the same information. Our courses get right to the meat, saving you the effort of wading through pages of nonsense. We don't mass up the high overhead of generating the filler, and we pass the savings on to our customers.
Do your courses on project management prepare me for the various certification routes of the Project Management Institute?
No. The material does not focus on exam preparation. It focuses on improving your real-world skills. However, what you learn will not impede certification.
Are you one of the approved (by PMI) course providers?
No. We are not affiliated with the Project Management Institute, although we may consider going that direction. Our goal is not to make you spend a lot
of money learning how to answer test questions. Our goal is to teach you how to do your job better.
How long does each of your courses take?
It depends on the student. These courses are essentially white papers with exercises to help you relate the information to what you are doing now. You can read the material in each course in under an hour. But, how long it takes to digest it and apply it is up to you.
Do I have to buy books in addition to your course material? Will those books have to be bought from you?
To both questions, no. You don't have to buy anything else. Each course stands on its own.
What if your course material is not clear? Are your course writers available for clarification? Since it is not possible to read all material at one shot, and collect all questions at the same time, will the course writers be available as needed or on a one time basis?
a. It will be clear.
c. Your success is important. If you have a question that is germane to the material, and not a probe for free consulting services, we will help you understand the material. We have kept the prices low, because not everyone can afford $995 for a two-day seminar that amounts to little more than a book promo. This is not a book promo.
What if I have other questions?
We'll answer to whatever extent is reasonable. It may be possible that you will ask questions that require developing a new course--some aspect of successful project management we didn't cover and that is not part of the normal project management training regimen. In that case, you would get the new course for free.
Do you have other courses?
Yes, and we are developing more. You can always write to us with specific needs, and we will adjust our product development accordingly. Also, it's a good idea to check Mindconnection on a regular basis, just to see what is new.
Who writes these courses?
That depends on the subject. For example, Dr. Jay Prince wrote the behavior courses based on his experience as a licensed therapist.
All of the courses are well-researched and devoid of pseudoscience. Most are written by a subject matter expert. All are reviewed by a professional editor for clarity and succinctness.
Do your courses qualify for employer reimbursement?
Possibly not, because they are not accredited. Then again, our cost is very low. So, you must ask yourself if that small amount is worth investing into the skills you need to keep yourself employed and employable.
The goal here is not to pile up paper credits. The goal is to get the information you would ordinarily get only from a lifetime of working in project management--if even then. We save you "classroom time" in the "school of hard knocks." You will recover your investment (and then some), simply because you will be that much better at what you do.
How much time can I reasonably expect to save, once I use the principles in your time management course?
That depends on how you presently approach your work. The typical student can expect to increase productivity by 50%. If you look at the way most people do their work, and then work your way through the course, you'll see why this is so. The author of that course works three full-time jobs and is Chair for one non-profit and acting Chair for another. Yet, he manages to excel in all of these roles while still maintaining outstanding health and enjoyment of life.
Youve gained industry expertise and your employer compensates you reasonably well. But, you yearn for something more. You'd like extra income, added prestige, and more opportunities.
Or maybe you have recently retired, and want to turn your knowledge into cash. For people like you, consulting is often an attractive option.
This course will help you decide if consulting is for you, and how to start. Plus, it
will give you the basic strategies for success in your new endeavor. Perhaps youve
gone down that road before, but just werent happy with it. Now may be the time to
try againprovided you know some trade secrets you didnt know
before. We will look at what those secrets are, and how to implement them.
No more guesswork, no more misinformation, no more needless expense.
I got laid off a few weeks after Obamacare was announced; we all called it the Job Elimination Act. No jobs anywhere, none of my contacts were even interested in discussing jobs and most of them were either out of work of fearing it. One of my contacts did, however, provide me with a temporary project and things worked nicely.
Rather than blow my severance on a consulting business that might not pan out or to make fundamental errors in startup, I did some research and found this course. It's been enormously helpful. I'm still doing the temporary gigs to build up my portfolio, but plan to start the actual consulting firm early next year. Now that I know how to do it right.
Helped me avoid a huge mistake, 3.10.2010
Reviewer: Roger Nordgren (Minneapolis, MN)
I got laid off last spring and have been getting by doing short projects through a temp firm. The idea of being a consultant was attractive, so I started looking at it.
A friend of mine jumped right into it (printed up cards, added phone line, set up Website, etc.--lots of money). I don't think he's doing so well. He's recently started griping about chasing down invoices and getting brain-drained for free from prospective clients.
After working through this course, I decided consulting wasn't for me and the friend I just mentioned said I was missing out big time. I can now see, from his experience, what I'm missing.
I know another guy who's been consulting since the mid 1990s and is doing great. But you have to get all your ducks in a row. I just don't like the ducks that come with consulting and prior to this course I didn't really know what they were.
I found it useful, well worth the money, 10.7.2009
Reviewer: Don Turcelli (Cleveland Heights, OH)
I would have liked more practice exercises, but the tutorials and the examples were very clear.