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You might see your business as selling advice in an area, where you have a particular skill, acquired, say, through your former activity. You might even be in the lucky position to have your old employer as a client from the start.

One of our senior consultants here was in that position. In the early 1980's, he was employed by a large international computer manufacturer at its European Headquarters in Paris in a financial capacity. His job included planning and supervising the financial part of new manufacturing plants in Europe and Asia. That included doing advantageous tax and subsidy deals for the company, in return for placing new manufacturing units in countries like Ireland, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, Scotland and Thailand and, much later, China and Vietnam.


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In addition, he was also watching over the financial side of the construction and equipment purchases. When the company, as a result of temporarily declining sales, decided to move his job from Paris to the U.S.A., he proposed to his employer to continue as their "captive" consultant. After some hesitation, the company accepted and he continued to have a beneficial relationship with the company for more than a decade. Although, he had to accept some restrictions for whom he could work as a consultant, during the first five years, there were still enough companies that desired his services outside the strict business area of his former employer. At the same time, the relative security of the income from his former employer, now his client, enabled him to build up a whole consulting group, centered around placing manufacturing, research and administrative units in foreign countries.

This is a fairly typical example of how new business ventures are created by the economic ups and downs through which companies go. The key for the consultant is that he starts early enough to venture out and find new clients, so that changes in the management structure within his former employer and now major client, will not suddenly leave him "high and dry"!

Working as a consultant can be a difficult business. Besides your technical skills to solve the clients problems, you have to have good sales skills, to convince the client that you will provide the solution. Moreover, you require good people skills, to convince the client to do, what you tell him. Unlike an employed manager, where you have authority inherent in your position, as a consultant, you do not have any authority. Your power and potential success is purely the result of knowledge and more importantly, persuasion!

The array of required skills is considerable, if you want to start a consulting business. Many consulting businesses fail, because their initiator did not clearly understand the distinct aspects of the skills needed. Often, consultants are not good at selling solutions to the client. Or, they get into conflict with the client about the steps that should lead to the solution to the problem. Clients often have strong views about what works and what does not within their company.

Starting up a consulting business, there are a few areas where you should be careful to spend your money wisely.

Spend some money on good basic systems, such as a decent accounting package (e.g. QuickBooks), a time management package, a presentation system. Why? Because knowing how much money you have outstanding and when the money comes in, in other words cash management is one of the keys! Time management is the other key item in this business. There are integrated Time Billing and Accounting Systems available at reasonable prices. We assume that you know what you are doing, so presentation to clients is, naturally, a key skill that puts you above your competition!
Read a lot about the consulting business. Even "how-to-books" often contain ideas that are useful in starting this business. There are also areas where other peoples experiences prevent you from making the same mistakes.
When you start your consultants business, don't go out and design and print a glossy brochure. It is almost always a total waste of time and money.
Go and talk to people, trying to make notes, if not at the meeting, then immediately afterwards!. Listening to their problems and how they think, they are going to solve them If they have any solution at all. Then think about it, and come up with solutions that you are able to present to them.
Think about what you heard. Then outline, in a short write-up what you will be doing, how you do it and what kind of effect this should have on their business. Don't forget to think about how you are going to measure the effects of the "improvements" you propose. If you have a possibility, show it to the people you talked with. Otherwise, just keep it as "case notes". They will come in handy at some stage, provided you catalogue them properly! But, don't be too "pushy" with friends and acquaintances. Keep a reasonable balance between your business interests and the value of their friendship!

Below are some products and books that will help you. Some, are just informative and should make you think. Others are specific tools, that cover important areas in the administration and management of consulting.


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Discover how you can turn your lifetime of experience into a highly successful career as a business consultant.

In just 7 easy steps, I’ll show you how to grab your first consultancy contract with Consulting Blueprint. It’s a system that helps you turn “Casual Discussions into Lucrative Consulting Contracts” again and again... The system takes you from tentative prospecting all the way to writing consulting proposals.

There are many reasons for becoming a consultant:

Perhaps, you are an Executive who wants to keep your hand in after retirement
You want to enhance your Skills while undertaking Outplacement
You want to do some Freelance Consulting between jobs
You may be facing Redundancy and want that extra security
You want to start up a new business venture

Whatever the reason, it works for first-timers with no referrals. You get consulting jobs fast and without fuss so that you can establish yourself in your consulting niche!

The system is especially effective for coaches and consultants in the following fields:

Management and Process Consulting Marketing Consulting
Business Development Consultants Sales Consulting
Strategic Consulting IT Consultants
Business Consulting Human Resources Consulting
Consulting Engineers Structural Engineering

There are many powerful consulting tips for all professional services.

If you’re serious about starting a consulting business, having more personal and financial freedom than you ever thought possible, loving the work that you do and enjoying the respect and prestige of being an industry expert, then the 7 easy steps for creating your own Consulting Blueprint is something you should read! It is short and to the point!



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Imagine if you could open up the head of a top marketing and business consultant and pull out every ounce of proven tips, tactics, and techniques for creating growth in any type of business out of them.

That's the type of high-quality content you'll find inside “Offline Consulting Secrets”.

In fact, if the author was sharing this information with you one-on-one as your personal marketing consultant, he would have to charge you at least $600.00 for this type of consulting.

But, you won't have to pay anywhere near that to get the same information.

Best of all, you'll get to learn it from the comfort of your own home.

No travel, no out-of-town expenses, no headaches.

You can get your copy of this ground-breaking program. You'll learn and quickly master the tips, tactics, and techniques a powerful tool that you can use to bring more targeted prospects and more profitable clients right away.



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BS1 Professional Time Billing is an integrated time billing and accounting system: Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, General Ledger, Inventory, Time Billing, and Sales Analysis.

Client projects/jobs are tracked by priority and due date. Project leaders may be assigned to jobs and the tasks which make up the jobs may be assigned to general employees.

Time is billed against the tasks which make up a job. The hourly rate charged is based on the task type or from an optional custom rate for the task. A stopwatch and time calculator are included.

User-defined financial statements can be created through a simple set-up process. GL account totals and inventory totals can be viewed on screen with drill-down to original source transactions.

Sample data is provided and there is an optional Getting Started wizard to assist with entering initial live data. The wizard sets up common GL accounts which can later be changed, deleted, or added to.

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Employee Expense Organizer is a flexible employee expense management software for Windows users. Expense software solution gives you an easy way to gather and organize information about all expenses: travel expenses, accommodation expenses, meal expenses, entertainment expenses, etc.

The Software comes with several templates: Employee Expenses Simple and Detailed, Auto Expense. You can choose the one that best suits your business needs. Expense Organizer is easy to use and very intuitive. If the database template already created is not exactly what you are looking for you can easily create a new one with the Designer.

Flexible search engine finds any keyword or phrase in your expense database. Sort your records on any field, e.g. on expense title, entry date, expense category, etc ....You can create new entries from predefined templates, copy/paste similar records within the same database, copy records from another database, or use copy/paste from clipboard. Report wizard lets you create expense reports, expense summaries, and more.

You can save settings to a template for future reuse. There is no limit on the number of items you can add and the number of databases you can manage. Each member of your organization can have separate expense databases. Program is network compatible.

There are more than 100 other personal or business database solutions that can be used with this software.


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Lifestyle and Other Consulting Areas


Personal Training and Life Style Consulting are becoming ever more popular. Unlike your standard Personal Trainer, who is feeling the economic pinch, Personal Training and Lifestyle Consultants are doing better than ever. Even during the economic downturn, their business is growing. With people worrying about their economic future, they have less time to relax. This increases their stress levels, making them irritated and, hence, performing less well in their job! The downward spiral is well known! While a Personal Trainer concerns himself with your physical work out only, the Personal Training and Lifestyle Consultant goes much further. He/She wants to change your lifestyle to a healthy survivable one. One that does not make you go through the usual "slimming and bingeing cycles", all to commonly experienced. It is a sort of "total immersion" into a new lifestyle like total immersion when you go to a country and learn a new language!

Some of the key issues you will have to deal with in this business are:

quickly and easily position consultation as a must for anyone that wants to do business with you.
Where to find all the consultation clients you need
Why you’ll be able to make a multiple of your normal hourly rate by using a proper positioning strategy.
Step by step how you’ll be able to turn a one time consultation into a long term source of profit.
Why 80% of personal trainers undervalue their time and how as a Lifestyle Consultant, you can really get what you’re worth.
The key tools you’ll need if you want to make your consultations a huge success.
How, by offering Lifestyle Consultation, you can raise the revenue in every other area of your business.

There are obviously a number of areas you could incorporate into your Lifestyle Consultants business. For instance tennis training, aerobic training, riding and horse training, BMX biking, swimming, hiking and various other physical activities.


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You can also create "bootcamps" or corporate training weekends. If you get together with human resources managers, you might be able to convince them that your training weekend, or maybe even in-house training after work, will reduce stress levels and therefore absenteeism.

In order to grow your business, you can start to employ personal trainers, nutritionists and other specialists. But you have to create well written manuals first, that enforce your message to your crew, so that they spread your "gospel"!


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You get an exact blueprint to follow, that will give your business an incredible competitive advantage over competing lifestyle professionals... so much so that you'll quickly become the most highly-sought-after professional in your area. 

Specifically, when you invest in this "Ultimate Consultation System" package, you get:

A Complete 49 Page Food Journal. The food journal is one of the key components of the consultation system and Rocco has not only included it, but he has made it rebrandable so you can add your own business name and logo. This alone is worth several hundred dollars.
A Complete 51 Page Orientation Manual. The second key component of Rocco’s consultation system is the delivery of the Orientation Manual. You not only get access to this invaluable resource, but you can completely rebrand it and add your own photos.
Sample Meal Plan Template. Another value added handout that you’ll be able to present your consultation clients, this word document is easily modified to not only reflect your business, but also your nutritional philosophy.
Workout Card. You not only get Rocco’s rebrandable workout card, but also his exercise image database that you can use to create your own workout cards or model to create your own images.
A Complete Library Of Consultation Paperwork. You get access to 9 separate forms / tools you’ll need to run your consultation system. He’s included everything you’ll possibly need.

Celebrity Trainer Rocco Castellano has created this system and makes it available to you. You can use it as your own! Rebranding it as necessary! It is a steal for a mere $67.00



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Selling your services as Lifestyles and Personal Training Consultant will not be easy. You have to understand the "in's and out's" of the fitness business. You might be the Lifestyle Consultant employing Personal Trainers, but you have to understand, where your future employees come from and the arguments that they have to encounter to make successful sales. The course below is also an excellent short introduction to sales strategies that you can employ in your Lifestyle Guru approach!

The package of legal forms and disclaimers will protect you from claims that potential clients may have against you. It will not protect you from negligence and stupidity, but if you are doing things right, it will give you the protection you need!


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The most frustrating thing for many Personal Trainers and the reason why most leave the Fitness Industry is that they don't understand Personal Trainer Sales. It is the key to being successful and to gain high and stable income.

You need to have a fundamental understanding of sales techniques as a mentor to Personal Trainers, as a fitness manager to teams at high-end health clubs, as a Lifestyle and Personal Training Consultant and and as a faculty representative to Personal Trainers just joining the fitness industry.

David Bohmiller’s sales training course teaches you valuable techniques in a short time. Practicing sales techniques gives you the confidence and quick fall back lines for real sales encounters with clients.

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Personal Trainers and Fitness Professionals, new and old, need to have the necessary legal forms to run their business.

You know you simply cannot risk working with clients, if they have not signed off on the proper paperwork designed to protect YOU and your client.

Personal Training, Fitness Bootcamps, Group Classes, Corporate Fitness, Youth Training, Senior Fitness Training, whatever your niche, you need to have a properly designed Waiver, Release, and Assumption of Risk form, a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire, Health and Medical History Questionnaire, Physician's Medical Clearance, and more.

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The founders of NutriFitness have put everything you’ll ever need to start and run your own successful fitness bootcamps into a step-by-step, downloadable package

NutriFitness combines more than 30 years of fitness experience with in-depth research into the conditioning strategies of the U.S military and the most successful fitness boot camps in the country.

If, as a Lifestyle and Personal Training professional, you have spent any time researching ways to increase the profits you generate from your business, you know that bootcamps are an excellent way to do just that.

Organizing and running a fitness bootcamp will

Book multiple clients at the same time, increasing your productivity
Train people with little or no equipment
Set everything up without having your own gym or studio
Work with large groups of people all at once
Earn more income per hour without doing more work

People are flocking to these bootcamps because they are fun, effective, and convenient.

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