Starting a Consulting Practice
Learn how to leverage your knowledge and experience by starting your own professional consulting practice. This course will show you how to develop a business plan, set pricing policies, write marketing plans, and contract services so you can begin turning your expertise into profit.
Do you have training or knowledge that could be useful to others? Have you ever considered providing consulting services based upon your background? This course is designed to help you set up a consulting practice. You will learn the complete process of starting and operating a consulting practice. The course will begin with surveys and assessments designed to help you pinpoint the best consulting services to offer.
The course then progresses into the business start-up process, including issues such as licensing and legalities. You will then develop a complete business plan for their consulting firm that details finances, pricing policies, contracting, and marketing. The course concludes with a discussion of record-keeping and tax concerns. The course will keep you updated by citing resources such as books, periodicals, and organizations designed to help small businesses.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.
- PC: Windows 8 or later.
- Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
about the instructor
William Flood is a small business consultant, speaker, and the owner of Horizon Business Services, a small-business training firm. He has conducted training seminars for over 15 years, reaching over 35,000 students. Mr. Flood has extensive experience working with home-based businesses in such diverse areas as mail order, consulting, import/export, e-commerce, and real estate investing. A dedicated entrepreneur, he regularly works as a volunteer counselor for the Maryland Small Business Development Center, and was nominated in 1991 for the Small Business Administration's Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Mr. Flood holds a master's degree from the University of Delaware.
Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.