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IT Consulting Course
Become an IT consultant
Are you looking to join the ranks of highly appreciated, highly paid computer consultants? You're in the right place - read on...
• Enjoy being known as “the computer expert”?
• Love the challenge of solving a tough IT challenge?
• Just want more freedom and control over your life—or your entire family’s?
Whatever your motivation, you might just be amazed at the bright new career that awaits you in the near future.
Freelance IT consultants aren’t just in great demand; they’re also making great sums of money—often working out of their own homes!
You may have even seen one or more around your own workplace and thought to yourself, “That could be me… No, that should be me…”
Well, it’s true; you can become an IT Consultant, starting today.
But how do you get there from here—from your current situation to your new career? One of the easiest ways available is to register today for our IT Consulting Self-Study course. We’ll show you everything you need to know to go about becoming a computer consultant.
This is a self study course
Our IT Consultant course is a self-study course that we email to you on a weekly basis. Each week you get a new module to study.
Once you've enrolled, you'll begin to receive the course modules.
At the end of most of the modules you'll find a self-study assignment.
Please note: You do not get a tutor with this course.
Here are just some of the facts and methods you’ll start learning when you register for our course:
• How to start out as an IT consultant—what you’ll need.
• Who hires IT consultants—and what types of service they need (you’ll be surprised at how many answers there are to both questions!).
• How you can make additional money selling IT products such as hardware and software to your consulting clients.
• The decision-making process clients go through when hiring outside computer consultants.
You’ll also gain these valuable insights from our course:
• Assessing your income requirements as an IT consultant—along with your commitment to the hours required to earn them.
• Calculating your pricing (Per hour? Per project? Or other ways, including for free?).
• Finding out what other IT Consultants are charging.
• How “Urgent” jobs can mean even more money for you.
• The differences in fees paid by “small” and “large customers”.
• Generating income from subcontracting, travel, maintenance agreements and more.
• Increasing your rates through more advanced technical qualifications.
• How to manage your money/cash flow as a computer consultant.
• Maintaining your existing customer accounts.
• Keeping track of taxes and overheads.
• Getting paid—and “chasing” clients when they’re behind in payments.
• Initiating projects properly.
• Planning projects appropriately.
• Running your projects.
• Managing risk and other issues.
• Handling multiple clients and a growing business.
• Taking on additional staff as needed.
• Selling products for additional revenue streams.
Why is freelance IT Consulting such a huge opportunity these days?
Information technology (IT) is increasingly an integral part of most households and every company. And the pace of change in IT never seems to stop.
And as organizations realize the value of these critical functions, companies are investing more and more money in it—and not just in the hardware and software required, but also in the people needed to take advantage of all that data and technology, especially with Internet usage rising so quickly.
what’s so great about being an IT Consultant, anyway?
Even if you already know how to control the information and equipment of the IT world, you haven’t experienced the REAL power of this world until you realize how much control it can give you over your own life—in ways you may have not even imagined. Consider:
You can work the hours you choose —as few or as many as you like—in pursuit of the income level you need (not that dictated by your boss or anyone else).
You can keep all the revenue you generate —rather than sharing it with managers or shareholders who only give you the trickle-down “leftovers”
Every day can be a new, exciting challenge —working with new people, instead of the same old thing day after day after day.
You can dictate your own success —by setting your own goals, pursuing your own interests and working with the people and organizations you choose.
You can be your own boss —enough said.
What types of organizations are hiring outside IT Consultants today—and exactly what types of IT services are clients looking for?
It seems the list of organizations that aren't hiring computer consultants is shorter than the rapidly expanding list of those that are. There’s almost no limit to the number of ways IT services are required by individuals and organizations today. They include:
Hardware. Computer repair is big business these days, partly due to viruses. In addition, people need help with installing and configuring hardware. This can range from setting up equipment to providing technical help and advice on everything from PCs and peripherals (printers, scanners, modems, etc.)—and their operating systems such as Windows or Linux—to advice on e-commerce systems, backups and data transfers or even hardware upgrades.
Networking services. This ranges from simple LAN (Local Area Network) setups, typically for homes and small businesses, to the more complex WAN (Wide Area Network) configurations required by larger organizations. Everyone needs broadband and wireless these days.
Setting up a website. This might well be for any individual, small business or large company. A small site might have only static, readable content, while a more complex corporate web presence may include online shopping, secure payments and more.
Other software services. This often revolves around databases and applications, ERP systems, programming or complex “embedded” services such as DSP (Digital Signal Processing) and electronics required for everything from telephone switches to mobile phones, routers, PC peripherals or even increasingly complex household appliances.
How much should I charge? And how much can I make?
While IT Consultants are in huge demand and can garner fat-sounding fees there are some important things to keep in mind when it comes to charging for your services.
Deciding to “go it alone” as an IT consultant is a big decision. First, you need to know your minimum income requirements. After all, unless you’re already financially secure, the objective usually isn’t to take a pay cut and lose any job security you might have. But, once you decide how much you need to get started, the sky’s the limit in how much you charge and how much you earn!
You can charge hourly. This way, you’re sure you’ll be rewarded for the amount of time you spend on any given project. Just be sure to quote fairly, and always stay true to the number of hours estimated—it’ll ensure that you look professional to clients and keep you in the running for future contracts.
You can charge per project (or contract). This is a very common way of billing often preferred by customers. Again, it’s important to stay true to your original numbers—and make sure the project scope is clear throughout to both you and the client (so there aren’t any surprises when you invoice)!
In summary, IT consulting—while competitive—can deliver you a significantly higher annual salary than that afforded by a full-time position of similar caliber, as long as you follow our recommendations and strategies for project pricing.
Even better, your new career comes with advantages others can only dream of—the freedom of being your own boss, working only with clients you choose and plenty of other great benefits.
All you need to do is get started—by signing up for
our course today!
Upgrade and get Accreditation
For an extra R600 (total R3235) you get a second, independent Level 3 Certificate from ABC Awards, a leading accreditation body and one that is recognised by Ofqual.
Click here to see more about ABC Awards (it opens in a new page).
The Award is further evidence of your knowledge in consultation. To learn more about upgrading, contact us by phone or email.
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