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Monday, February 06, 2006

Computer Consulting: Starting With a Written Plan

Opening a computer consulting business starts with a written plan. Instead of relying on the plan that’s in your head, you should write them down. Putting a tangible plan in front of you makes accomplishing your goals easier and much more likely.


As an initial step, think of all the things you will need to accomplish before opening your computer consulting firm. Then write them down in order of their priority. You may think of some or all of the following: choosing a name; printing business cards; ordering a second phone line; or joining organizations that will help you network.


Creating a template is a good way to organize your thoughts and ideas. In it, you can write down all your tasks and the date by which you should have accomplished them, working backwards from the launch date of your computer consulting business.

At the top of your template should be the “Launch Date” of your business.

Next on the page should be your “Top Ten” to-do list with a date affixed to each task. Be sure to keep referring back to your launch date when making your list, as this date is important in envisioning your long-term goals.

The next item on the list should be a space for a list of company name suggestions, followed by a second space for a list of organizations to join that will help you get into your niche.

Breaking your tasks down into small steps and making a very solid list will make meeting your goals by the launch date very possible. If you give yourself enough time, you can make it a point to accomplish two tasks on the list per week, and your computer consulting business will be open before you know it.

Created By: Joshua Feinberg