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Become a Business Consultant

Imagine having a high paying career where executives turn to you for direction in running their businesses. As a business consultant you will help businesses and other organizations identify problems, and you will recommend solutions to those problems.

Business consultants are respected and relied upon in every industry in every country. Consultants are admired for both their expertise and their independence. As a business consultant (also known as a management consultant) you can choose to specialize in a variety of areas, including:
  • communications consulting
  • e-business consulting
  • human resources consulting (HR consulting)
  • operations consulting
  • marketing consulting
  • organizational development consulting
  • small business consulting
  • strategic planning consulting
  • technology consulting (IT consulting)
  • any other areas organizations need professional advice
According to research from Harvard Business School, the business consulting industry generates about $100 billion in annual revenues from U.S. consultants. Especially in a slow economy, companies need business consultants to help them increase revenues and cut costs.
It is no wonder business consultants are among the most highly paid professionals. According to a report at CNNMoney, the median salary for management consultants is $117,000, Self-employed business consultants may earn $35 to $400 per hour depending on their market.

As long as you have the desire, you can become a business consultant. No special education is necessary to break into this career and succeed. (According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 28% of consultants do not have a degree of any kind.)

If you would like to be paid to give advice to companies, the FabJob Guide to Become a Business Consultant is for you! In this e-book you will discover how you can get started and succeed in this rewarding career.

Lead author Craig Coolahan is a journalist who has written for the Times Higher Education Supplement. Co-author and business consultant Marg Archibald is former director of corporate communications for an airline and has taught university courses on business consulting. Co-author Tag Goulet is a leading career expert who has consulted for multi-national corporations and conducted business training programs for organizations such as American Management Association International.

In this guide the authors share with you insider tips and expert advice from more than 20 successful consultants to help you become a business consultant. The guide covers topics of vital importance to anyone who wants to become a business consultant, including:

How to Do Business Consulting

  • Step-by-step overview of how to carry out a business consulting project (also known as an engagement), including:
    • Conducting a needs analysis (includes a list of sample questions to ask clients)
    • Determining project specifics including the scope of services to be provided, timeline, team, and budget
    • Conducting a gap analysis (to identify the gap between "where we are" and "where we want to be")
    • Identifying possible solutions
    • How to present your recommendations to the client (includes a sample presentation outline)
    • Implementation of your recommendations
    • Post-project review (includes a sample client feedback questionnaire)
  • How to use both quantitive and qualitative research and information-gathering techniques in your consulting projects, including:
    • Observation
    • Case studies 
    • Interviews
    • Focus groups
    • Surveys (includes a sample survey)
  • How to conduct a SWOT Analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) of a business situation
  • Samples of consulting assignments
How to Develop Your Consulting Skills and Knowledge
  • How to develop the skills employers and clients are looking for in business consultants, including:
    • Critical thinking
    • Problem-solving
    • Communication skills
    • Project management
    • Leadership
  • Additional skills that can give you a competitive edge in getting hired
  • Traditional educational programs including the top MBA programs (plus tips and resources to help you apply and get accepted)
  • How to get educational credentials more quickly or conveniently through: 
    • accelerated, executive, part-time, or mini MBAs
    • distance learning
    • business seminars
  • The best resources (books, periodicals, websites, etc.) to teach yourself business consulting 
  • How to quickly get practical experience to build up your credentials and help you get hired as a consultant, including:
    • Internships (plus how to get an internship if you are not a student)
    • Volunteer opportunities
    • Consulting for your current employer
    • Other opportunities for hands-on experience
  • Links to many valuable resources you can use in business consulting including project management software 
  • Information and resources on business ethics
  • How to identify emerging business trends that may affect your clients
Getting a Consulting Job
  • Job titles and entry-level positions in consulting
  • Types of employers and how to find them:
    • Large firms (includes links to more than 30 top consulting firms)
    • Small firms or boutique firms
    • Internal consulting for corporations
    • Other types of organizations that hire management consultants 
  • A type of employer that business consultants should beware of
  • How to find job openings
    • Where consulting jobs are advertised
    • On-campus recruitment
    • Finding job openings through referrals
    • How to create a consulting job with your current employer or a new employer
  • What you need to know about recruiters or employment agencies
  • How to write a winning resume including sample resumes for:
    • An experienced consultant
    • A career changer (this sample shows how to create an impressive resume without a business degree or previous paid consulting experience)
    • An internal consultant
  • How to prepare a cover letter including sample letters for applying to a consulting firm and a corporation 
  • Advice to help you ace the interview
    • How to prepare for an interview (what to bring, what to wear, and more)
    • Samples of questions to expect
    • Advice and resources for succeeding in a case interview
    • Following up after a consulting job interview (includes a sample thank you letter)
  • Considering a job offer (includes resources with salary information to help in salary negotiations)
Starting Your Own Business Consulting Firm
  • How to start a part-time or full-time consulting business for little or no money
  • Information about business matters affecting consultants including insurance, licenses, legal structures, etc.
  • Items to include in your business plan
  • Choosing a name for your consulting business
  • How to set up an office for your consulting business
  • Sources of start-up financing if you want to spend more on your consulting business (e.g. leasing an office instead of working from home)
  • Pricing your consulting services, with information on:
    • How to set your hourly rate
    • Daily rates
    • Per project fees
    • Monthly retainers
    • Pay for performance
    • How to invoice clients 
    • Getting a deposit before you start a project
    • Getting reimbursed for expenses
  • What to include in a client contract or agreement 
  • How to select strategic partners
  • Finding potential clients for your consulting business
  • How to market your consulting services effectively through
    • Advertising
    • Networking
    • Direct contact
    • Free promotional opportunities
  • What you need to know about preparing proposals for consulting work
  • How to make a sales presentation to prospective clients
  • Helpful samples for your consulting business (sample contracts, sample invoice, sample letter of proposal, and more) 
Plus, you will discover:
  • How to be certified as a "professional" consultant
  • How to increase client satisfaction
  • Valuable resources (including the top professional associations for consultants)
  • Tips for getting testimonials to help you attract new clients
  • Samples of everything you need to launch your business consulting career, including: 
    • Sample questions to ask clients when conducting a needs analysis
    • Sample resumes for business consultants
    • Sample cover letters to apply for a consulting job
    • Sample thank you letter
    • Sample time tracking record
    • Sample consulting fees
    • Sample invoice
    • Sample scripts of what to say when talking to prospective clients
    • Sample contact sheet
    • Sample letter of proposal
    • Sample consulting contracts (sample letter of engagement and sample agreement)
    • Sample presentation outline
    • Sample employee survey
    • Sample client feedback questionnaire
  • Links to templates for creating business stationery and marketing materials
  • Worksheets and checklists to help you keep track of expenses, project tasks, and your time
  • And much more! (including free updates)
You can have all this and more for an incredible price. People pay up to thousands of dollars for business training programs. The FabJob Guide to Become a Business Consultant contains some of the best career advice you could get from other sources, plus much more. 

It can save you many hours of research, help you avoid  costly mistakes, and give you information you need to break into business consulting. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, competition is expected to remain keen in the consulting industry through the year 2012. So your investment in this guide can help give you a competitive edge

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You can earn back the price of the guide your first day on the job or in business. And this guide can help you get hired as a consultant or start your own consulting business much more quickly and cost-effectively.

If you believe you deserve to have the career of your dreams, this guide is for you. It gives you what you need to know to become a business consultant.

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"If you've ever thought about being a consultant, do yourself a big favor and read FabJob Guide to Become a Business Consultant. From focusing on what you do to selling what you do, you will find a wealth of insight in these pages about finding clients, organizing your business, running that business, and yes, charging for what you do. This guide is a must-read for anyone considering entering (or even already in) the world of business consulting."
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Baldoni Consulting, LLC
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Discover how to become a business consultant and start your own consulting business. The FabJob Guide to Become a Business Consultant explains how to become a business consultant, including how to consult and how to get hired for a consulting job or start a consulting firm.