- Business Management Training
- Project Management Training
- Best Practice Excel™ Software
- Self-Employment Opportunities
- Training Delivery Options
The main purpose of education is to find ways to make an income: one way is self-employment, which is becoming more prevalent with companies downsizing and outsourcing work to contractors as needed. You can save yourself a lot of headache by preparing to go this route right away. Based on the training options offered on this site you can develop skills that are immediately marketable. However, word to the wise is that pure technical skills may be somewhat limiting in how easily you can sell your services, so consider learning about “Business Management Training – Business Management Courses“ to build a more well-rounded background that makes you more marketable in the business world.
The seminars in this section are basic workshops that help attendees to grasp the opportunities they may have for providing valuable business consulting services based on courses they may have taken (or are planning to take). The purpose of these seminars is to help attendees to define those services that they are comfortable in providing, so that they can go out and market themselves as service providers. We also provide basic information about setting up a business that you will study in-depth if you pursue the “Business Management Training – Business Management Courses“, where you also get to build the marketing plan and business plan for getting your business off the ground.
People sometimes seem nervous about business consulting services, not realizing that this is the new “normal” in the employment world. There are many advantages to full-time employment, and we will not downplay the relative security of a regular pay-cheque and all kinds of benefits that you do not get if you are self-employed. If you feel strongly about that relative security you should pursue job postings and check out “Business Management Training – Career Management Courses” to get up to speed, but keep in mind that being “armed, locked, and loaded” is not a bad emergency exit strategy for when the company considers downsizing. To improve your chances of career survival we also recommend that you pursue “Business Management Training – Business Management Courses“, where you become a much more versatile employee by understanding how your role fits in with the big picture.
With respect to opportunities for self-employment, consider the following skills sets you can market:
This business consulting service is based on creating custom Excel™ workbooks for planning and budgeting and other business applications that require Excel™. The point of this exercise is that many business owners do not have the time or inclination to establish customized processes in Excel™ and would rather outsource the effort to a local consultant. Based on this Excel™ course, we go through a series of scenarios for which the student creates business applications using the cell formulas to do the work. In addition to actually doing the work you can also work closely with a client as a coach or mentor to help them learn how to do this work for themselves.
This business consulting service is based on creating custom Excel™ workbooks for planning and budgeting and other business applications that require a more advanced level of Excel™-VBA to create more complex applications. At this level most business owners do not have the time or inclination to establish customized applications in Excel™-VBA and would rather outsource the effort to a local consultant. Based on this Excel™ course, we go through a series of scenarios for which students creates business applications using VBA statements combined with Cell Formulas to do the work. In this type of work the chances of mentoring or coaching clients to do their own development is not as big an opportunity as coaching on more common worksheet technology.
When all is said and done every business needs bookkeeping and accounting to keep track of its earnings and things like taxes for starters. Many entrepreneurs have too much on their plate to spend time on doing the books: if this is something that appeals to you there is more than plenty of work out there to keep you busy. Bookkeeping and accounting is also a great part-time job for stay-at-home parents: you establish a routine with your customers where you pick-up their receipts, then do the processing and report-writing at home, and then return their receipts with the appropriate reports and backup data on a regular weekly cycle or even more frequently for busy enterprises. Even if the client needs to deliver audited financial statements as well they can save a small fortune in processing fees by outsourcing their day-to-day administrative work.
It is true that many businesses fail at the idea stage, when people get the notion that there is a bucket of gold at the end of the rainbow. The goal of this exercise is to provide an objective look at what is possible (this is no guarantee) and what the risks are if different assumptions do not pan out the way the entrepreneur hoped they would. The focus is on assuming there is a viable opportunity and then to play with the numbers to explore if, and how, that can be turned into a good business model. Some ideas are generic (like starting a bookkeeping service) and there are few ways to create a unique selling proposition (USP) that makes your service more attractive by comparison to all the other services. Other ideas may be so unique that it is difficult to estimate the potential demand for the services (or products) so you need to assess the inherent risks.
Any businesses in need of financing requires a current business plan, but many business owners are at a loss when it comes to preparing a business plan as expected by a bank. The goal of this exercise is to provide an objective look at the business potential under certain financing levels to both show the need for financing, and the probability of achieving their objectives and thereby assure their ability to repay that financing (which is typically embedded in the financial model), but also to show what risks are if different assumptions do not pan as the entrepreneur hoped they would. The focus is on assuming there is a viable opportunity and then to play with the numbers to explore if, and how, that can be turned into a good business model, and to explore the upside and downside of the business plan as well as a viable exit strategy to protect lenders.
Public corporations must produce annual audited statements, but that only reflects the previous operating year, often compared with even older operating years. Even for companies that are doing well stakeholders increasingly ask about future plans, so in addition they often have to produce an annual budget and financial forecast to ensure investor confidence. This can be quite a challenge when most of their financial people are focused on the annual report, which may be an opportunity for providing consulting services to build a more detailed version of the business plan to illustrate the intent of the business management to take measures that will ensure the long-term viability of the business as an investment opportunity.