This course provides the student with several lectures that collectively when finished, provides them with a thorough introduction to the world of professional consulting. This course is designed to help the person who is considering undertaking a consulting career. It covers the following topics:
- What the consulting lifestyle looks like - and the pros and cons to being a consultant
- What combination of skills and experience are required to be successful at consulting
- What are the most common areas of service (disciplines) that consultants can profitably market
- How much on average a consultant can charge for his or her services by consulting discipline
- When should a consultant operate as a sole proprietorship and when should incorporation be considered
- What is required to be able to consult internationally
- What is required to consult in the USA if you are resident in Canada
- How do you obtain international “Trade NAFTA” status to consult throughout North America.
At the end of this course, the student will have gained greater insights into the world of professional consulting. This knowledge gained should help the student to both better decide if a consulting future is appropriate for them and also help them get started as a consultant if they choose to move ahead in this career direction.
- Students should be knowledgeable in a marketable business skill with strength in their resumes that can demonstrate this knowledge to others or be planning to gain that skill in the near future
- Understand what skills and experience are required to become a professional consultant
- Have insights as to what consulting disciplines best meet your skillset(s)
- Have a better understanding as to what you can charge for your consulting services and how to ensure that your engagement expenses are covered