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The Five Pillars: Becoming A Software Consulting Entrepreneur
     

The Five Pillars: Becoming A Software Consulting Entrepreneur

by Chris Conley
 
"The Five Pillars: Becoming A Software Consulting Entrepreneur" shows how to build a business selling custom software services to customers. The book breaks apart into five sections what you need to do to run a successful software consulting business. The parts include, 'The Business End', 'Money', 'How Do You Look?', 'The Code', and 'Head Games'.

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Overview

"The Five Pillars: Becoming A Software Consulting Entrepreneur" shows how to build a business selling custom software services to customers. The book breaks apart into five sections what you need to do to run a successful software consulting business. The parts include, 'The Business End', 'Money', 'How Do You Look?', 'The Code', and 'Head Games'.

"The Five Pillars: Becoming A Software Consulting Entrepreneur" shows the reader the ins and outs of running your own software consulting business, as well as what pitfalls to avoid to help ensure your business's success.

This book could serve as your blueprint for creating a successful software business you can call your own. The book is ideal for the following groups: a software professional looking to make the plunge to running their own software consulting business, a software coder thinking about maybe making a little extra money on the side or starting their own business, or recently laid off software professionals who may need to build a software business to help pay the bills. Additionally, if you ever wanted to know what goes into a successful software consulting business this book details many of the answers.

"The Five Pillars: Becoming A Software Consulting Entrepreneur" includes recommendations on how to work with your clientele to maximize your mutual successes and minimize your mutual stresses. It teaches basic and simple sales skills, including how to put together a client proposal, and how to arrive at project costs. The book details how much to charge for your work. It outlines different ways you can sell your services. The book also details ways to structure how and when you get paid by your clients. Marketing options are covered including details on websites, Facebook, Twitter, and advertising. The crucial ways and modes on how best to communicate with your clients are covered by the book. How to code best for yourself and your clients is covered. Ideally, your learning never ends as a software entrepreneur so how to continue your education as a software entrepreneur is detailed. Health can have a big effect on your business, how exercise fits into your businesses success and failure is included. All the while, there are those surrounding you as you build and run your company. The book offers insight on how your significant others can be successful indirect business helpers and not a casualty from it. Lastly, the book includes thoughts on how and when might be the right time for you to make the jump to running a full time software consulting firm.

Running a software consulting firm offers untold challenges, opportunities for a potentially lucrative lifestyle, as well as the joys of helping other people grow their business. "The Five Pillars: Becoming A Software Consulting Entrepreneur" takes the reader through the steps of creating a potentially successful business and life serving others while enriching themselves.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012444646
Publisher:
Chris Conley
Publication date:
05/17/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
222 KB

Meet the Author

Chris Conley was born in 1966. He has run a software consulting business since 1999 through his company C Solutions, Inc, www.c-solutions-inc.com. His clientele has ranged from the United States Navy, Enterprise Rent A Car, Kimberly Clark, to a number of small businesses. His company has built numerous system for clients ranging from custom intranet applications to MRP systems and many kinds of projects in between.

He started working with computers when he was 14 years old. Over the years he turned his hobby of computers and computer programming into a profession.

He graduated with a Journalism Bachelor's Degree and a Minor in History from the University of Oklahoma in 1988.

He was a TV New Reporter for 5 years, from 1988 to 1993, mostly covering business and political stories. He worked in Meridian, Mississippi and Waco, Texas as a Television reporter for a CBS and NBC affiliate. Over the course of those years he covered stories and such personalities as John Grisham and covered most of the Siege at the Waco Branch Davidian Standoff in Waco in 1993.

Afterwards, he worked as an Investment Broker for AG Edwards for six years, from 1993 to 1999. In this time he managed clients and their investment assets.

After a little over a year working for a consulting firm, working for some headhunters, and doing some moonlighting he struck out on his own in March 2000 to run his own independent software consulting firm.

Chris Conley lives with his family and runs his business in Tulsa, Oklahoma USA.

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