Consulting Basics for Professionals

Information. Ideas. Inspiration.

Are you a parent ready to return to work after taking a leave to raise your kids – but now wonder whether there’s anything for you in your field, after so many years out of the game?

Are you a mid-career professional that wants to make the transition to consulting and self-employment – but you don’t know the first place to start?

Are you ready to transition from the work world, but are not ready to retire, and think consulting may be the next step?

Are you a graduate student that’s earned your degrees and qualifications – only to find that there are no jobs right now in your chosen field?

If any of these questions apply to you, you may want to consider a career in consulting.

At Boldt – a consulting marketing communications firm – we want you to know that there are plenty of opportunities out there, working with leading companies of every size, to make a great income consulting part-time or full-time doing what you do best.

Learn the fundamentals of running your own consulting practice

Join us for Consulting Basics for Professionals – a new series of introductory courses designed for professionals looking for a career in consulting in their chosen fields. This series will help you to:

  • Decide whether consulting is right for you
  • Learn the basics of setting up your own consulting practice
  • Gain inspiration from successful consultants and client-based business owners who’ve developed successful enterprises by creating the kind of work – and businesses - they want for themselves.

Register for all three sessions now and receive a $15 discount.


Sessions – Fall 2013

Is Consulting Right for You?

In this session (September 30), Boldt president Lesli Boldt will draw from her own experience – and that of other entrepreneurs – to walk you through the basics of consulting and help your decide whether consulting is right for you. Topics we’ll cover:

  • The risks and rewards of consulting – living with risk
  • How long does it take to land your first contract?
  • The difference between being a consultant and an employee
  • How to approach clients needs
  • Setting boundaries
  • Scheduling and flexibility – it's a two-way street
  • Pricing – what the heck do I charge?
  • Income variability - living with the ups and downs of the business cycle
  • How to get business - networking and marketing
  • Working from home or working from an office

Lesli and her guests will share their experiences and the choices they’ve made in striking out on their own.

Guest entrepreneur: Marnie Goldenberg, writer and founder, Sexplainer


Setting up your Consulting Business

You’ve decided to give consulting a try. In this session (October 28), small business management consultant Hillary Samson will go over what’s involved in running a business, with advice on what you’ll need to run your business, including:

  • Setting up your business
  • Timekeeping and project management
  • Estimating and pricing
  • Working with subcontractors
  • Contracts and other legal documents
  • Bookkeeping, accounting and taxes
  • Invoicing, timesheets and payment terms
  • Pro forma financials
  • Setting goals and measuring success

…and much more!

This session features testimonials from experienced entrepreneurs who will share their advice (and some of the mistakes they’ve made along the way…)

Guest entrepreneurs: Sheila Evani, Principal and Founder, Medha Legal Services and Wendy Underwood, Principal, Fever Pitch Marketing Communications


Panel Discussion – Consulting in the Real World

In this session (November 18), learn from the people who’ve successfully made the leap from full-time jobs to consulting and business ownership in this panel discussion, featuring successful Metro Vancouver consultants and business owners. Get inspiration and your own sense of entrepreneurship from business people who’ve grown successful client-focused organizations by doing things differently, finding the will to lead and doing business in new way – and on their own terms.


  • Nancy Spooner, Communications Consultant and Owner, Nancy Spooner Consulting Inc.
  • Esther Speck, Sustainable Business Consultant and former Director of Sustainability at MEC
  • Ted Lau, Chief Executive Officer, Ballistic Arts