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Course Description

Business consulting is a growing sector of the employment and business industry. There has been no better time to join the consulting industry, based on industry growth statistics. More importantly, as businesses strive to develop their positions in the market place, improve efficiency, reduce costs, and optimize operations, consultants are used on an increasingly larger basis. If you have the burning desire think you have the necessary skills and the mindset to be a consultant this course will show you how.

In this course we look at a number of the key topics you need to know. Whether you are consulting by yourself, as a partnership, as a small team, or with a large company, we will provide you with all of the information you need to be a successful consultant. This includes consulting in any industry regardless of your level of experience. We also provide you the tools and understanding to develop strategy to deploy and be successful in your own consulting business. From choosing a business model, to determining your pricing, to managing overhead costs, then we cover the more complex tasks like developing a great marketing strategy, developing the best proposals, tips for consulting success, and implementing your recommendations. Best of all, we discuss consulting lessons learned and problems you can avoid; and end with consulting "Best Practices".

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  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: The Role of the Consultant

Consultants provide solutions to their client's specific problems, or challenges that the company cannot resolve itself. 12 Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Exam 1

Lesson 2: Making the Decision to Become a Consultant

The consulting industry has seen significant growth in recent years. Is it right for you? 11 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: How to Become a Business Consultant; Is Consulting Right for You?
  • Complete: Exam 2

Lesson 3: Choosing a Business Model

Choosing the correct business model helps you mitigate risk. 22 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT BUSINESS MODEL FOR YOUR START-UP; The 5 Essentials of Choosing a Consultant
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Consulting as a Business

By developing a business plan, you provide a formal framework to build the business from the ground up, and into future expansion. 12 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: 7 Lessons Learned From Running a Consulting Company; Small Consulting Projects and Clients: Are They Really Worthwhile?
  • Complete: Exam 4

Lesson 5: Understanding the Economic Realities of Independent Consulting

During this lesson, we take the opportunity to elaborate on some of the economic realities of independent consulting. 19 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Independent Contractor Tests; DOL Says Most Independent Contractors Actually Employees
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 5

Lesson 6: Consulting Tips

This lesson will discuss consulting topics that don't necessarily fall under business operations, but are activities you need to know. 9 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Consulting Skills, Tools, and Tips; 11 tips for new consultants to hit the ground running
  • Complete: Exam 6

Lesson 7: How to Establish and Improve Your Firm's Presence (Marketing Strategy)

Marketing management is the art and science of choosing target markets and keeping, getting, and growing customers through creating, delivering, and communicating superior customer value. 19 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: 4 Principles of Marketing Strategy In The Digital Age; How to Promote Your Consulting Business
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 7

Lesson 8: Consulting Methodology

By definition, a methodology is a frame, structure, or set of tasks completed in a logical order. There are several business improvement methodologies that are commonly used in the business world. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Management Consulting Methodology; The consulting process models
  • Complete: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Implementing Consulting Methodologies

Your consulting methodology is the system, process, and overall approach you use to develop the solutions to your client's problems. 18 Total Points
  • Review Article: Tools and methods
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Consulting Success

In this lesson, we will discuss issues that affect your consulting success. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Ten Secrets to Consulting Success; Success Stories
  • Complete: Exam 10

Lesson 11: Delivering Results

The ability to deliver great results is what separates successful consulting companies from those that simply fade away. Delivering results is what you are hired to do. 20 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: 5 BEST PRACTICES TO DELIVER SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS; Results Delivery Example
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 11

Lesson 12: Philosophies and Strategies on the Factors That Require Action

Each consultant develops their own processes to meet their clients' needs. There are a number of strategies that you can use to focus on issues that require action. 18 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Aligning your total rewards strategy with your business goals; Planning and Design: What is a compensation philosophy? What should be included in a compensation philosophy?
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 12

Lesson 13: Making Sure Your Recommendations Are Implemented

Business consultants have a responsibility to ensure that their recommendations are implemented. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: 7 Tips to Get A Team To Implement Your Recommendations
  • Complete: Exam 13

Lesson 14: Consulting Lessons Learned and Things You Should Avoid

This lesson is designed to help you avoid some of the common mistakes consultants have made. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Personal Branding: Lessons to avoid from consultants; Secrets of Successful Consultants Revealed
  • Complete: Exam 14

Lesson 15: How to Be the Best Consultant - Consultant Best Practices

The key consultant characteristics include professionalism, reputation, judgment, good listening and time management skills, and effective communication. 100 Total Points
  • Take Poll: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion
  • Complete: Exam 15
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Business Consulting 101
Course Number: 8900365
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Professional Development (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 1.1 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: John Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Course Fee: $70.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $95.00

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Student Testimonials

  • "Great, Great. Thank You...It gave me structure, because I already consult with businesses, and it helped with today's economy....Great, Great. Thank You." -- Joann B.
  • "All parts were very helpful....All parts of the course were very helpful. The feedback from Instructor is very helpful, let's you know the areas you have missed." -- Catherine M.
  • "The instructor is a very good man who is always available when needed." -- Bontle M.
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  • "He's just great! Very inspiring. One of the main reasons for studying under this system! I'm not a consultant, but I truly enjoyed learning about their duties and responsibilities!" -- Levander K.
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