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An Insider s Guide to Building a Successful Consulting Practice

An Insider s Guide to Building a Successful Consulting Practice Author Bruce L. KATCHER Ph.D.
ISBN-10 9780814414378
Release 2010-03-15
Pages 272
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Whether you’re a beginner just starting up a consulting practice, or a veteran looking for ways to invigorate your existing business, An Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Consulting Practice is an invaluable resource. Featuring real stories from consultants in diverse industries, the book offers simple yet powerful ways to: Identify a market and narrow your focus • Make a smooth transition from employee to independent consultant • Sell effectively even if you’ve never sold before • Establish visibility through speaking, writing, and networking • Build credibility by leveraging the credibility of others • Set prices based on value • Develop a marketing strategy and divide your time between marketing and delivering your services • Keep plenty of work in your pipeline • Adapt and thrive in any market condition • And much more Complete with the results of an original survey of 200 successful independent consultants, this handy guide provides the kind of real-life advice you need to build a thriving business.

An Insider s Guide to Building a Successful Consulting Practice

An Insider s Guide to Building a Successful Consulting Practice Author Bruce Leslie Katcher
ISBN-10 OSU:32435081652331
Release 2010
Pages 259
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It's every working stiff's fantasy: I want to be my own boss. And even though establishing yourself as a consultant can be risky, with some first-rate advice behind your decision making, you'll be able to hit the ground running. An Insider's Guide to Building a Successful Consulting Practice is an invaluable resource whether you are a beginner just starting your practice or a veteran looking for ways to invigorate your business.

The Everything Start Your Own Consulting Business Book

The Everything Start Your Own Consulting Business Book Author Dan Ramsey
ISBN-10 9781605509914
Release 2009-10-18
Pages 304
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Consultants work in all fields. They operate from offices and from home, work for investment firms and as personal trainers, or have expertise as accountants and wedding planners. The independence, flexibility, and potential income it brings make for an exciting and satisfying career. And it’s an increasingly popular one for highly skilled, motivated professionals who’ve been laid off in this unstable economy. This guide features tips and tricks to help beat the competition, including how to: Set—and keep—personal and financial goals Organize important paperwork Price and market specific services Create advertising and publicity plans Grow a business, from finding a partner to managing employees Minimize and eliminate business risks Consultants are paid well for their advice—if they know how to operate a successful business. With advice from experts in a variety of areas, this valuable guide helps you create the business of your dreams!

Inside the Technical Consulting Business

Inside the Technical Consulting Business Author Harvey Kaye
ISBN-10 0471183415
Release 1998
Pages 366
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Join the thousands of professionals who have already gotten Inside the Technical Consulting Business -- and discover how to channel your technical know-how into an exciting career as an independent consultant. This Third Edition of Harvey Kaye's bestselling guide gives you the focused, no-nonsense help you need to start and run your own consulting practice in today's ultracompetitive environment. What's inside: Setting up your consulting business. The lowdown on finances, record-keeping, office space, taxes, and choosing the form of business organization that's right for you. Insider's guide to proposals and contracts. Gives plenty of examples to use in your own consulting practice. Marketing secrets your boss never told you. Tips on creating demand for your services and keeping your clients coming back for repeat business. PLUS ALL-NEW MATERIAL ON: * Creating your personal strategic marketing plan. A step-by-step guide to developing and maintaining your competitive edge. * Learn from the pros. "Meet the Pros" interviews show how successful consultants handled some of the very problems you're likely to encounter. * Building successful client relationships. The inside scoop on keeping clients happy while protecting your own professional interests. * The technical challenges of consulting. A consultant's primer on problem-solving, coping with the information explosion, and organizing for maximum productivity.

Start Your Own Consulting Business

Start Your Own Consulting Business Author Entrepreneur magazine
ISBN-10 9781613082676
Release 2014-05-19
Pages 142
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Leading entrepreneurs into the multi-billion dollar consulting industry, the experts at Entrepreneur show you how to capitalize on your talents to help others achieve their business goals. Coached by experts, learn to define your market, find and keep clients, obtain licenses, set rates, monitor cash flow, hire staff, prepare contracts, agreements, and reports, and more. Includes new interviews with successful consultants, updated answers to frequently asked questions, and a completely refreshed list of the top 20 consulting businesses.

How to Build a Successful Consulting Practice

How to Build a Successful Consulting Practice Author Jack Phillips
ISBN-10 9780071491389
Release 2010-08-10
Pages 256
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Make Consulting Your Dream Job-On Your Own Terms When you start your own consulting business, you can be your own boss, set your own hours-and make big profits! But that only happens if you're truly prepared. Are you familiar with the biggest consulting myths? Do you know the 12 success factors for consultants? Have you ever owned your own business before? How to Build a Successful Consulting Practice has all these answers and more-distilled by consulting guru Jack Phillips from years spent researching and reviewing successful firms that are still in business today. This essential volume shows how to: Develop a bulletproof business plan Find and keep clients for life Build your brand with magnetic marketing strategies Write spot-on proposals Use the Internet as a secret weapon Become a charismatic public speaker Avoid financial, legal, and ethical pitfalls Adjust to a new work life

Building the IT Consulting Practice

Building the IT Consulting Practice Author Rick Freedman
ISBN-10 0787955159
Release 2002-10-14
Pages 256
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Building the IT Practice is a clear and practical guide organized to help design, build, and manage lucrative consulting practices. Building on the advisory methodologies described in the author's previous book, The IT Consultant, this book goes beond the personal practices and behaviors presented in that work to offer a roadmap to the creation of an IT Professional Services business. This book focuses on the basics of building a consulting business, dicussing such core issues as the creation of a unique marketing message, the design of a firm-wide delivery methodology, and the recruitment and retention of world-class sales and talent.

How to Make it Big as a Consultant

How to Make it Big as a Consultant Author William A. Cohen
ISBN-10 9780814410325
Release 2009
Pages 332
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The classic guide to success in the demanding world of consulting, now completely revised and updated.

The Consulting Bible

The Consulting Bible Author Alan Weiss
ISBN-10 9780470928080
Release 2011-04-05
Pages 274
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Drawing from a wide variety of consulting methodologies, this guide contains helpful information for building a successful, world-class consulting practice, including how to initially launch the firm and implement consulting strategies on an ongoing basis. Original.

The Business Plan Guide for Independent Consultants

The Business Plan Guide for Independent Consultants Author Herman Holtz
ISBN-10 047159735X
Release 1994-10-28
Pages 240
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At last, a complete business plan guide just for independent consultants! . . . And who better to write it than North America's #1 bestselling author on consulting? Unlike most general business plan books that focus on raising capital and applying for loans, this unique do-it-yourself guide concentrates on defining services and products. Written by Herman Holtz, the nation's leading expert on making it as an independent consultant, it tells you everything you need to know to develop a realistic, workable business plan that prepares you for any contingency and helps guide your day-to-day decision making as your business flourishes and grows. Numerous illustrations and worksheets guide your every step and save you the drudgery of starting from scratch. This book covers all business planning topics of crucial concern to consultants, including: * Defining your products or services * Market research and sales strategies * Rate structures and income projections * Worksheets to help you create objectives and set goals * Sample business plan Includes the Author's Disk to help you prepare your business plan, from defining your services and target market to estimating start-up costs, setting rates and consulting fees, and projecting income. Boilerplate contracts and letters of agreement are also provided.

Starting and Running a Successful Consultancy 3rd Edition

Starting and Running a Successful Consultancy 3rd Edition Author Susan Nash
ISBN-10 9781472137906
Release 2016-01-14
Pages 320
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Laid out in a workbook format, this books contains a wide variety of exercises, ultimately geared towards making consultancy an increasingly profitable enterprise. Reading this book will help you to: gain a clear understanding of the consulting process and its requirements; define and establish a clear strategic direction for your business; understand how to raise finances and maintain financial control; create and implement an effective marketing strategy; and, balance ongoing business with attracting new clients. Contents: Section One: Getting started; 1. Setting the scene; 2. Evaluating your fit; 3. What type of consulting business are you running?; 4. Establishing your business direction; Section Two: Getting customers; 5. Marketing your business; 6. Selling your service; Section Three: Getting money; 7. Financing Your Business; Section Four: Getting organised; 8. Organising your business; 9. Running your business: doing the work!; 10. Moving into Action.

Starting Up on Your Own

Starting Up on Your Own Author Mike Johnson
ISBN-10 0273731173
Release 2010-01-17
Pages 227
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First published in Great Britain in 2008.

Consulting on the Inside

Consulting on the Inside Author Beverly Scott
ISBN-10 9781562867454
Release 2011
Pages 306
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A hands-on, practical guide for those individuals who live and work as internal consultants to organizations.

The Irresistible Consultant s Guide to Winning Clients

The Irresistible Consultant s Guide to Winning Clients Author David A. Fields
ISBN-10 9781683501657
Release 2017-03-21
Pages 272
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Though it's a potentially lucrative enterprise, the reality of independent consulting seldom matches the dream. Most solo consultants and boutique consulting firms are perpetually within six months of bankruptcy due to the sputtering unreliability of their new business engines. The problem, according to international consulting expert David A. Fields, is twofold: 1) lack of a consistent, proven plan, and 2) fundamental misunderstanding about what clients want in a consultant. Fields, who has helped hundreds of consultants and boutique firms worldwide build lucrative, sustainable practices, replaces the typical consultant's mindset of emphasizing expertise and differentiated processes with a focus on building relationships, engendering trust, and solving clients’ existing problems. In The Irresistible Consultant’s Guide to Winning Clients: Six Steps to Unlimited Clients and Financial Freedom, Fields synthesizes his decades of experience into a step-by-step approach to winning more projects from more clients at higher fees. From nuts-and-bolts business advice and tactics to a deeply insightful breakdown of the human side of a very human profession, Fields delivers a comprehensive guidebook that is at once highly approachable and satisfyingly detailed.

The Elite Consulting Mind

The Elite Consulting Mind Author Michael Zipursky
ISBN-10 1775041107
Release 2017-10-05
Pages 194
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Whether you're just getting into consulting or you're a seasoned consulting veteran but aren't experiencing the level of success and results you truly desire, this book offers you the advantage you need. Michael Zipursky, CEO of and coach to elite consultants, has coached and trained more than 6000 consultants from around the world. In this book, Michael identifies the most significant factor in your success: your mindset. He shares with you the principles used by elite consultants that will help you overcome challenges, remove obstacles, and grow your business significantly, including: - How to build confidence by confronting the four major questions of self-doubt. - 3 specific steps you can take to attract ideal clients consistently. - Simple shifts you can make to increase your fees by 300% or more. - The best business model for consultants to achieve meaningful success. - Practical ways to turn failure into a growth opportunity and use worry to your advantage. - And so much more. By applying these proven mindset shifts and the principles that Michael shares with you in The Elite Consulting Mind, you can achieve meaningful, even limitless, success in your consulting business.

Consulting For Dummies

Consulting For Dummies Author Bob Nelson
ISBN-10 1118051912
Release 2011-01-31
Pages 384
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Consulting For Dummies, 2nd Edition includes a reorganization and narrower focus of the topic, with new or updated information that delves into the specifics of running your own consulting business. There is greater emphasis on the business of consulting, along with financial and legal issues involved in setting up a consulting business, deepening coverage of consulting proposals, and entirely new chapters on higher-level consulting issues that more-established consultants are demanding.

Consulting Start Up and Management

Consulting Start Up and Management Author Gail V. Barrington
ISBN-10 9781412987097
Release 2011-10-31
Pages 296
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Consulting Start-up and Management: A Guide for Evaluators and Applied Researchers addresses the unique issues faced by evaluators and applied researchers who are interested in becoming independent consultants, as well as by those who need to re-tool their professional practice. This text will be used as a supplementary text in courses in evaluation and applied research in which consulting work is addressed, in addition to its use as a professional text by current and would be practitioners.