Consultants are superb entrepreneurs, and frequently sole-proprietors. They have a comprehensive grasp of knowledge in a specialized area or field. And they provide that information and the benefits of their expertise, as needed, to their clients, often on a contractual basis. Perhaps you’ve become an acknowledge expert in your field. You may be ready to hang out your own shingle, and start your consulting service business.

We’ve grouped the following resources together as a starting point for your research into what it would take to start your own medical billing business. In addition to the free content (such as sample business plans that you can read in full online), you will also find links for additional tools and products to help you move from the “where do I begin?” research step to the “how do I get started?” step — when you’re ready.

Consulting Sample Business Plans

Looking for inspiration? Check out our Consulting sample business plans. See how others like you got started and turned their business idea into a reality. One of these plans can be read fully online, and the other plans provide online summaries. All of these plans are available in LivePlan.

High-Tech Marketing Business Plan (Full Plan Online)
In this sample business plan, Acme Consulting offers high-tech manufacturers a reliable alternative to in-house resources for business development, market development, and channel development.

Computer Consulting Business Plan (Full Plan Online)
Calico Computer Consulting is in the process of being formed as a sole proprietorship. This plan is written as a guide for starting and managing this new business. This plan projects rapid growth and high net profits over the next three years. Implementing this plan, in conjunction with a comprehensive and detailed marketing plan, will ensure that Calico Computer Consulting rapidly becomes a profitable venture for the owner.

Engineering Consulting Business Plan (Full Plan Online)
StructureAll Ltd. will be formed as a consulting firm specializing in structural engineering services. A home office will be established the first year of operations to reduce start up costs. The founder of the firm is a professional engineer with eighteen years of progressive and responsible experience.

Wedding Consultant Business Plan (Full Plan Online)
TLC Wedding Consultants is a full service company that provides complete consulting services for weddings, holy unions and anniversaries. Our consultants are experienced and dedicated professionals with many years of event planning experience. TLC is unique in that we give our clients our undivided attention. We listen to their needs and work with them to create the event of their dreams.

High-Tech Consulting Marketing Plan

Once you’ve decided on the type of business you want to start, you must also plan how you will reach your potential customer market and how you will convince them they want to do business with you. That’s what marketing is all about. See how Acme Consulting targeted its ideal online customer base.

Start a Business Resource Kit

Looking for more resources to help you start your consulting business? This free online business planning toolkit includes a presentation by business planning guru Tim Berry, a set of business calculators, sample business plans and more. Launch the toolkit

Articles on Starting a Business

How do you make the leap from employee to entrepreneur? Our business planning experts have tips to help you become a successful consultant. The following articles address many of the common types of questions entrepreneurs have about starting a business. No matter what type of business you’re interested in, you will find these articles to be helpful.

Reducing Risk for a Startup Business
How do you transition from employment to self-employed entrepreneur without losing your shirt? That is a fundamental question….

Sole Proprietorship Basics

Find Your Best Path to Star

4th Quarter Publicity = 1st Quarter Prosperity
And more…

Additional Consulting Sample Plans Available in LivePlan

These, and 20+ other Home-based sample business plans, as well as the fully viewable plans listed above, are available in LivePlan.

Advertising Consulting Business Plan
Executive summary (excerpt only)
It is the mission of Marrowstone Advertising Consultants to provide comprehensive marketing consultation and creation of advertising campaigns for the nonprofit industry. It is our long-term goal to become THE preferred advertising agency for nonprofit institutions nationwide.

Business Consulting Business Plan
Executive summary (excerpt only)
Read how Growth Management and Strategies will offer a variety of services customized for each small business client in this sample plan.

Energy Conservation Business Plan
Executive summary (excerpt only)
Green Power Consultancy offers environmental and conservation oriented designs and advice to architects and consumers.

Human Resources Consulting Plan
Executive summary (excerpt only)
The business plan for Human Capital Maximizers outlines their plan to provide consulting on employee relations, and HR management to small but growing businesses.

Start a Consulting businessConsulting Business Start-up Kit

This informative business binder provides the essential knowledge you need to plan and start a consulting business. It covers such basics as marketing yourself, legal requirements, finance, operations, and more. Also included in this start-up kit is a copy of LivePlan software, the world’s best-selling business planning software.

Business Consulting Services industry research

Get valuable financial intelligence and industry trends for consulting services and related businesses in a business consulting services industry research report. These detailed reports provide five years of financials, business ratios, and more. Better yet, these business consulting services industry reports are available at the U.S. national, state, and even county level, so you can really understand the local competitive environment. Start your market research the easy way:

Select and purchase industry research reports searching with code 8748, Business Consulting Services

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