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Introducing the Solo Consultant Masterclass

The transition from employment to consultant has never been easier with the Solo Consultant Masterclass.

Join my comprehensive online program designed for start-up consultants working in the government and community services sectors.

Here’s just some of the benefits of joining the Masterclass – you will:

  • Avoid costly beginner mistakes
  • Build your confidence and competence in the core consulting skills
  • Increase the accuracy of your quotes
  • Produce consultancy proposals that stand out from the competition
  • Improve your ability to manage project scope
  • Learn how to set up your business from scratch
  • Increase your value to your clients thereby generating repeat business and referrals

Many people think about making the leap from employee to consultant, but very few actually do it.

Others make the move, but struggle to make a success of it and end up going back to employment.

Without a roadmap or a mentor, the road to success as a solo consultant can be difficult and isolating. But all that changes with the Solo Consultant Masterclass. With step-by-step advice and a suite of templates and tools, it distills over 16 years of consulting experience into a comprehensive program to guide you every step of the way.


To be a successful consultant there are multiple hats to juggle and an inevitable learning curve. Your employment career will provide you with the essential foundations, but there are core consulting skills you need to master and some tricks of the trade to learn. And on top of that you’re now running a small business, so you need to quickly get on top of all the compliance issues as well as learning to manage finances and administration.

My 9-step system has all those bases covered:

  • Step 1: Win the Project
  • Step 2: Establish Project Governance
  • Step 3: Undertake First Level Briefing
  • Step 4: Commission New Information
  • Step 5: Consult Stakeholders
  • Step 6: Distill Findings
  • Step 7: Produce Report
  • Step 8: Manage the Project
  • Step 9: Manage the Business

What You’ll Receive

  • 15 modules of high value video content
  • Accompanying templates, guides and checklists
  • Immediate lifetime access to all the course material
  • A copy of my book Consult: How to Build Your Successful Solo Business
  • Access to regular Q&A webinars with me

Here’s a breakdown of the program:

Module 1: Compete Successfully for Government Business

This module arms you with information about government procurement processes so that you know how to compete for business. I cover pre-qualification schemes, tender websites as well as direct approaches from clients.

Module 2: Get to Grips with a Consultancy Brief

How to interpret a brief to make sure you understand what the client really wants.

Module 3: Master the Art of Consultancy Proposals

How to put together an outstanding proposal that will stand out from the competition.

Module 4: Accurately Estimate Costs and Time

I cover how to accurately estimate time and costs, so that every day you’re working on your client’s project is a paid day.

Module 5: Project Governance Fundamentals

I take you through a six-point project governance checklist and also cover contractual arrangements, project and payment milestones and client communication.

Module 6: Background Briefing Basics

This module covers first-step information gathering so you can get up to speed quickly and efficiently whilst avoiding information overwhelm.

Module 7: Environmental Scans

How to undertake rapid desktop reviews and commission literature reviews for consultancy projects.

Module 8: Administer an Online Survey

8 steps to conduct an online survey when you need to gather a breadth of information from many stakeholders.

Module 9: Stakeholder Consultation Planning

Step by step essential preparation for stakeholder consultations to ensure the consultation process runs smoothly and delivers the information you need.

Module 10: Implement Stakeholder Consultations

Must-have information to guide you in implementing an effective stakeholder consultation process, including a 12 point interview checklist, essential ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ and simple strategies to hone your consultation skills.

Module 11: How to Develop Credible Findings

Provides step-by-step guidance to assist you to make sense of all of the information you have gathered and turn a mountain of raw information into a set of credible findings, using an organisational systems approach.

Module 12: Report Writing 101

Covers my 7 essential rules for producing an excellent report, how to structure the report and shape recommendations, as well as advice about preparing Executive Summaries.

Module 13: Project Management Essentials

This module guides you through project management essentials for the solo consultant, including how to manage project scope [and scope creep] as well as managing client and stakeholder expectations and project timelines.

Module 14: Manage Finances, Compliance, Administration and Brand

I provide you with the Solo Consulting Business Start Up Checklist, tips to avoid administration meltdown and cover the importance of establishing your brand from the outset.

Module 15: Sub Contract to Access Additional Expertise

How to go about subcontracting to bring in additional expertise or an extra pair of hands to support your solo business.



Bonus Module: Working With Freelancers and Virtual Assistants

In this bonus module I’ll help you identify tasks and functions you can outsource, show you where to find virtual assistants and freelancers and how to go about hiring them. There will also be special insider tips from my own Virtual Assistant (VA) on what a VA can do for you and how to effectively work with them to achieve value.


Bonus Module: How to Conduct an Effective Stakeholder Workshop

In this bonus module I’ll guide you step-by-step through the process of planning and organising a stakeholder workshop to ensure it runs smoothly and delivers the outcome you need.


Free Copy of My Book

You’ll get a free e-book copy of Consult – How to Build Your Successful Solo Business.


Access to Regular Live Q&A Sessions

I understand when you first start out as a solo consultant there are many questions you want to ask.  And I anticipate that you will also have questions that arise out of the Masterclass material. I will hold regular webinars where you can join me to have all those questions answered.


If you have recently swapped your public or community services sector career to establish a solo consulting business, the Solo Consultant Masterclass is for you.

Or if you’re thinking seriously about taking the leap, the Masterclass will give you the confidence to make that decision, knowing you have backup and guidance.

  • You’re ready for a new challenge and are contemplating whether your next career move could be consulting.
  • You’ve made the move from employment to consulting but are struggling to win enough business to stay afloat.
  • You’ve won your first project [congratulations!] but now you’re in panic mode about how to go about delivering on it.
  • You’ve delivered your first projects but it’s a constant battle to manage the project as well as the client and stakeholder expectations.
  • You always find yourself spending way more time on projects than you quoted.


If you are serious about building a thriving solo consulting business, then this course is EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED.


Do I get access to everything all at once or do I have to wait?

Yes, you get access to everything right away. Obviously there is a logical flow to the 9 step system. But I also understand that you want to be able to access the modules that are directly relevant to what you are struggling with right now.  Right now you might be in the analysis phase of a project so that’s where you want to jump in and access the training.  Or maybe you’re just setting up your small business and you want guidance about all the setup and compliance issues – so you’ll want to jump right to that module.   So each module is designed as standalone – you definitely don’t need to work your way through from number one to fifteen in order. [Although I definitely recommend viewing the introduction module first up].

How do I access the Masterclass?

As soon as you purchase, you will get a user name and password which provides you with immediate access to all the training materials.

Can I download the videos and accompanying materials?

Yes – everything is digital and downloadable.

Do I get lifetime access?


What if I buy and want a refund?

If within 30 days, you’re unhappy for whatever reason, just email and you will receive a full refund.

I have a question – who do I ask?

Email and we’ll get back to you.


As a consultant, your time is money.

When you’re just starting out, there are so many aspects of the role you need to learn. And without guidance it’s easy to go down a lot of rabbit holes and make mistakes you then need to fix. As a consultant you’re in a time for money business and every day you spend figuring something out from scratch is one less billable day you have available. Every day you spend re-doing something you didn’t get right in a project will be an unpaid day.

When you consider this in terms of your daily consulting rate, adding up the potential costs of your beginner mistakes can be sobering. Alternatively, weigh up the cost of the Masterclass against your daily rate; with over 15 modules [plus bonus modules], a suite of accompanying tools and templates, access to regular live webinars; the potential savings are substantial.

Upon payment, you will receive a unique username and password for immediate access to the entire content of the Masterclass course – including bonus materials – from day one. All 15 modules of my nine-step system are digital and downloadable.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee

I offer a 30 day money back guarantee. No questions asked.

If you aren’t completely satisfied with the course within 30 days of purchasing, just let me know and I’ll happily refund your money.


Blythe O’Hara
The Apple Institute

“I was fortunate enough to do the Solo Consultant Masterclass a couple of years into establishing my consultancy business, but how I wish I had completed it when I was just starting out. It would have saved me a lot of stress, uncertainty, bewilderment and I suspect money!

I feel like Jacq must have been inside my world (and possibly in my head) when she developed this Masterclass. She has answered every single question I have ever had in navigating the consultancy minefield and has answered many more questions I did not even know I needed to ask.

I love the fact that this master class has given me tangible, actionable and completely relevant information that will (and has already) make a difference to not only getting the right kind of work but also ensuring the consultancy project runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

I think I have possibly changed or at least tweaked nearly everything I do as a consultant as a result of having completed this Masterclass; the gems of wisdom and the practical easy to implement advice have made such a positive impact on my consulting business – thank you Jacq”

Susan Strmecki
Managing Director, Realise Change

“I can wholeheartedly recommend the Solo Consultant Masterclass by Jacq Hackett. It literally walks you through every aspect you need to know as a solo consultant from beginning to end, including the beginner’s mistakes to watch out for. The skills and knowledge obtained from the Masterclass have been directly transferable to my business and allowed me to grow my portfolio of clients and business services.”

Steven Vlahos
Former Assistant Auditor-General, Victorian Auditor-General’s Office

“Jacq’s masterclass was a godsend! The 9-step program was comprehensive and full of valuable information and tips that demystified all the critical aspects of successfully setting up and running a solo consulting business. The rich supporting toolkits and step-by-step guides gave me the skills and confidence to develop my new business and remain an invaluable online resource that I revisit frequently.”

Oliver Poss
Director, RISKIO

“Whilst there are numerous great consultant training courses that have been developed, what distinguishes Jacq’s ‘Solo Consultant Masterclass’ is obviously that it is focused on the Government and Community sector. It is very hands-on and includes helpful techniques, and its wealth of ‘real world’ experience  may also be very well applicable to other sectors and industries.”

Mailin Suchting

“I learnt so much from this Masterclass. It was a terrific mix of practical tips, step by step guidance and the detail needed to fully embrace being a solo consultant.

It was great having Jacq narrate each module and provide personal examples – this made the material come alive for me and I could see its practical application.

The toolkits and ability to go back at any point really made it possible to absorb the information provided.

I would highly recommend it to anyone considering solo consultancy.”

Julie Letts
Director, LettsConsulting

“I found this Master Class invaluable as someone starting out as a solo consultant. I’ve spent more than 15 years in senior government policy and project roles. The 15 modules in this Master Class are a veritable treasure trove of information, particularly in unfamiliar areas and possible pitfalls one faces working as a consultant. But there were even things I learnt about areas in which I already had long experience. Jacq Hackett has distilled 17 years of experience into sound, accessible, and practical advice. Couple this with the generous addition of tools and templates, and you have an indispensable resource.”

James Kite
Associate Lecturer in Disease Prevention & Health Promotion, University of Sydney

“As someone who is just starting out on consulting projects, Jacq Hackett’s Masterclass provided invaluable information on how to get work, complete projects, and manage your business. I’m sure I will go back to the modules time and again as I expand my consulting work and hopefully be able to avoid making some beginners’ mistakes as a result!”