How to Start and Run A Consulting Business

Have you ever wanted to break out of the corporate life and be your own boss? In this course you will learn what it takes to start and be successful in your own consulting business.
Course info
Rating
(129)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Sep 12, 2013
Duration
2h 47m
Table of contents
Hanging Your Shingle
Money Matters
How to Get and Keep Clients (or Marketing 101)
How To Survive the Ups and Downs
Creating an Exit Strategy
Description
Course info
Rating
(129)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Sep 12, 2013
Duration
2h 47m
Description

Have you ever wanted to break out of the corporate life and be your own boss? Many people have this dream. In this course you will learn what it takes to start and be successful in your own consulting business. Throughout this course you will learn how to determine what your company should look like, how to manage your money wisely, how to get and keep clients, how best to survive the ups and downs of the economy and how to create an exit strategy. Your instructor has been running his own successful business for over 22 years and shares his valuable insight so you too can be a success!

About the author
About the author

Paul loves teaching and technology, and has been teaching tech and business topics for over 30 years. Paul helps clients develop applications, and instructs them on the best use of technology.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Hanging Your Shingle
Hello everybody Paul Sheriff here with Pluralsight. This course is How to Start and Run a Consulting Business. The goals of this course are learn how to get started in your own business. We'll give you some strategies to effectively manage your money. We'll talk about the best ways to attract and keep clients or what I like to call Marketing 101. We'll talk about ways to make your business recession proof. We'll talk about how to determine the best time to sell and leave your business. With that let's jump in to the first module.

Money Matters
Hello everybody Paul Sheriff here with Pluralsight. This course is How To Start and Run a Consulting Business and this module is called Money Matters. There's a lot of reasons you'll want to watch this video, we're going to talk about learning how to pay yourself and saving for the future. We'll talk about the different costs you need to plan for when starting your business. We're going to give you a formula for calculating how much you should charge your customers. Talk about various insurance and the coverage that you might want to carry. The basics of working with banks and accountants and some fundamental money management techniques to help you run your business successfully. So with that, let's get started.

How to Get and Keep Clients (or Marketing 101)
Hello everybody Paul Sheriff here with Pluralsight, this course is How To Start and Run a Consulting Business and this module is How to Get and Keep Clients (or Marketing 101). There's a lot of reasons you're going to want to watch this video, we're going to talk about the best ways to attract clients. We'll talk about using free offers to reel in clients, talk about creating collateral that works. We'll talk about the advantages of social media, what works, how you do it. We'll talk about something very important that's how and where to network, talk about getting yourself noticed, if you're not noticed people aren't going to come to you. Tracking your prospects, where are your clients coming from? And we'll also talk about some procedures for managing your clients. Okay, with all that, let's get started.

How To Survive the Ups and Downs
Hello everybody Paul Sheriff here with Pluralsight, this course is How To Start and Run a Consulting Business and this module is How to Survive the Ups and Downs. So there's a lot of reasons you're going to want to watch this video. We're going to talk about preparing for the down times, things you need to think about prior to things getting bad. We'll talk about the best ways to develop yourself personally to help you overcome the bad times. Talk about the marketing that you should be doing, retaining your good customers, where to cut back and where to spend even though you might be in a recession, the importance of keeping a positive outlook. We'll also discuss how to find hidden profit centers. So with this, let's get started.

Creating an Exit Strategy
Hello everybody Paul Sheriff here with Pluralsight, this course is How To Start and Run a Consulting Business and this module is in titled Creating an Exit Strategy. Now there's a lot of reasons why you're going to want to watch this video, you want to learn different strategies to exit your business. I mean at some point you're going to be done. So we're going to talk about why you need a well thought-out strategy, talk about the right time it is to exit your business, we'll kind of determine some different methods of leaving your business, we'll talk about the considerations of leaving, learn the process you will follow, and plan for what to do with yourself after you're done. With that let's go ahead and jump into this module creating an exit strategy.