An Insider s Guide to Building a Successful Consulting Practice

Author: Bruce L. KATCHER Ph.D.
Publisher: AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn
ISBN: 0814414370
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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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

Author: Bruce Leslie Katcher
Publisher: AMACOM/American Management Association
ISBN:
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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

Author: Dan Ramsey
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1605509914
Format: PDF, Docs
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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

Author: Harvey Kaye
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780471183419
Format: PDF, ePub
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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.

Building the IT Consulting Practice

Author: Rick Freedman
Publisher: Pfeiffer
ISBN: 9780787955151
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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.

Start Your Own Consulting Business

Author: Entrepreneur magazine
Publisher: Entrepreneur Press
ISBN: 1613082673
Format: PDF, Docs
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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

Author: Jack Phillips
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 0071491384
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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

The Consulting Bible

Author: Alan Weiss
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470928085
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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

Author: Herman Holtz
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 9780471597353
Format: PDF, Mobi
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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.

How to Make it Big as a Consultant

Author: William A. Cohen
Publisher: AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn
ISBN: 0814410324
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The classic guide to success in the demanding world of consulting, now completely revised and updated.