SETTING UP YOUR CONSULTING PRACTICE
Topic: Course Intro
This video course covers everything you need to know to set up your own consulting practice: setting up your legal entity, getting insurance, building your virtual team, and finding consulting clients. 90 videos; over 30 downloadable tools, templates, or checklists; and more than 200 curated links to additional useful material. The course distills conversations on best practices with over 1,000 independent management consultants.
Hi, I’m Will Bachman. I was a management consultant at McKinsey and Company from 2001 to 2008. In 2008, I left and started my own independent consulting practice, and this is the course I wish I had been able to take at that time to know what I had to do to set up my firm. I was operating in the blind, but I’ve consolidated the lessons learned from over 10 years of doing this in one place to help you get started.
What have I based this course on? Well, number one, my own experience since 2008. Number two, as the co-founder of Umbrex, I’ve gotten to know over 1,000 top tier independent management consultants, having hundreds and hundreds of conversations, and many of those are around how to get started. And number three, I’m the host of a podcast, Unleashed: How to Thrive as an Independent Professional. We currently passed 200 episodes, and have incorporated insights from that show as well.
What are you going to get in this course? Well, I’ll tell you. In the strategy section, we’re going to talk about figuring out what clients you want to serve, and what problems you want to work on. In the office section, very practical, we’re going to talk about setting up the physical space where you want to work. In the team section, we’re going to talk about building out your virtual team. One of the critical factors as an independent professional, getting an accountant, a bookkeeper, a graphics person, an administrator, someone who can, you know, be swing capacity for you. And other members of your virtual team including health insurance broker, a business insurance broker. This is a critical aspect of being successful, building your team.
Then we’re going to talk about legal aspects. How to register your LLC, getting an operating agreement, and other contract issues. We’re going to get into finance, so how much money should you set aside before you get started in this business, um, business checking account, business credit card, as well as some tips around invoicing clients, keeping track of invoices, and how to pay subcontractors. We’re going to get into technology, so a quick view of a variety of tech tools that you should get in place. Then we’re going to move into marketing collateral. And that includes everything from business cards, correspondence cards, PowerPoint template, proposal template, website, newsletter, all the marketing collateral that will be helpful in raising your visibility.
And then finally, we’re going to get into business development. There, we’re just going to get started on business development, because that’s a big topic by itself, but we’re going to give some tips on how to generate leads by raising your visibility, both through one-on-one interactions and through creating content and thought leadership. So I hope you find this course helpful, I’ve put my heart and soul into creating it, and love to get your feedback, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for watching.