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A few weeks ago, I announced that I’d added four new products to the consulting start-up course and library: Become a Consultant. Well, due to strong demand, I’ve decided to bundle some of these products with my most popular books too.
Now, when you order Consulting Fees, you’ll also receive my special audiocast on The Three Things You *MUST* Do Before You Can Move to Solution-based Fees. You can play it back in any standard MP3 player, iPod or even your smartphone.
And when you order Discover Your Inner Consultant, you’ll receive a special package designed to help you manage your online reputation:
Special Offer: 20% off till October 20th!
Order by October 20th, 2011, and you’ll receive 20% off your entire order. That’s right – even if you order the consulting course.
So, avoid disappointment – buy before end of day on October 20th to get 20% off. Just put code october11 in the discount box when you place your order.
Consultant business plan template – Are you searching for a consultant business plan template because you’re interested in becoming a consultant?
If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Not only does Consultant Journal have excellent consultant business plan template resources, but we also have over 900 valuable articles that explain every aspect of becoming a consultant, from consultant finance to marketing your consultancy.
If you are working on a consultant business plan template you are taking the right approach to your business. Writing a consultant business plan is key because the act of putting your business plan together motivates you to plan for a successful business and to iron out a lot of kinks in advance.
Have you found a consultant business plan template that works for you? If not, check out these resources for compiling your consultant business plan:
How to start a consulting company – Outlines the main steps to starting a consulting business, including writing a business plan
Government funded small business loans – If your consultant business plan template includes a lot of financial detail, this article will help you navigate government-funded loans
Consulting business plan template – Outlines the main sections that you should have in your consultant business plan
Sample consulting business plan – Outlines elements of a strong consultant business plan, including an executive summary, business overview, confidentiality and outline of risk, financial plan, industry overview, marketing strategy and other important elements of a consultant business plan
Are you looking for a comprehensive consultant business plan template? In order to help fast-track the completion of your consultant business plan and to make sure that you use accurate numbers, check out our guides, workbooks and courses in the Consultant Journal store, including the invaluable guide on consulting fees: Consulting Fees: A Guide for Independent Consultants.
How many times have you been away from the office and come back to a missed opportunity unread in your email inbox? A last-minute request for a media interview that would have garnered national media attention? A spur of the moment invitation for drinks with a coveted client-to-be? Today, most invitations and requests come in via email or other online channels.
Turning missed opportunities into opportunities that you can act upon can mean the difference between staying at the status quo versus making more money. With a smart phone always at your fingertips, you’ll never miss another big opportunity due to being away from your email.
If you’re exercising one of the biggest perks of being a consultant–flexibility–it might mean you’re out during the day running children to swimming lessons, traveling to a seminar or picking up supplies for your business.
With a smart phone, you can turn otherwise frustrating times–waiting in the airport, waiting in the car to pick up a child from school, or other lost working times—into working hours. Answer client emails, communicate with sub-contractors, check status reports and perform other important tasks–all from your smart phone.
And more working hours means more money.
If disaster is piling up in your inbox, for example, if your website’s online shopping cart has been hacked or if a client is having an emergency, you can receive notifications in your pocket from your smart phone no matter where you are. Nip problems in the bud by checking your email frequently throughout the day. Catch problems from your smart phone before they become disasters and you’ll make more money.
As a new consultant, it can be difficult to determine where to spend and where to scrimp and save. For example, should you rent office space or work from home? Should you create your own business cards or have them professionally made? Land line or cell phone line? Smart phone or not? All of these business decisions are important, and balance is key when it comes to saving and spending in the right areas of your business.
In today’s business world, smart phones can be invaluable tools that will help you stay on top of your business, offer increased flexibility and increase your earning potential. These 3 big ways your smart phone can help you make more money are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to making money with your smartl phone.
How does your smart phone help you make more money?
Consultancy – Have you always wanted to start your own consultancy? Not sure where to start? The good news is that starting a consultancy can be as easy as choosing a specialization, building your expertise, setting your rates, and finding your first client. In fact, depending on the type of consultant you are to become, there are very few rules governing most consulting industries so the time it takes to go from zero to having your own consultancy is shorter than you think.
In general, the more specific your consultancy is the easier it will be to make a name for yourself and identify potential clients. If you are unsure of what type of consultancy you should start, consider working through a guide or workbook that is designed to help you hone in on the perfect consultancy for you.
Setting rates is both an art and a science. Learn more about setting the right rates in this comprehensive article on setting fees or for the fast-track, inside scoop get Consulting Fees: A Guide for Independent Consultants.
In order to start a consultancy you’ll need to be considered an expert in your industry. But don’t worry, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to have a graduate degree or even decades of experience. In fact, in order to start your consultancy you really just need more expertise than your clients have. Find out more about building your expertise here.
Marketing and networking are key to building up your consultancy. But don’t worry, you don’t have to be a master socializer to succeed in marketing your consultancy. In fact, even if you’re introverted you can still succeed in networking on behalf of your consultancy.
Are you interested in starting your own consultancy but don’t know where to start? Check out the Consultant Journal store for a variety of resources, books and courses that will help you kick-start your journey to starting your own consultancy.
I just finished uploading new content to my consulting start-up course, Become a Consultant: How to Make the Leap.
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I plan to add more content in the near future – just a reminder that, once you sign up for the course, you have ongoing access to all the materials, including updates and upgrades.
What information would you like to see in the Become a Consultant: How to Make the Leap consulting course?
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