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:
human resources consulting (HR 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. A recent survey by the Association of Management Consulting Firms found entry-level consultants earn an average of $65,000 annually while senior partners earn an average of over $300,000 (including bonuses and profit sharing). 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:
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:
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
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)
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
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
Per project fees
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
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 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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