Start and Build a
Successful Independent Consulting  Business 

Get Winning Strategies, Tactics, Systems, and Tools
with Step-by-Step Mentoring

Build Your Consulting Business with Confidence

Independent Professional Black Male

Corporate to Consultant

  • Become a recognized authority in your profession
  • Gain greater independence, higher income, satisfaction and contribution
  • Be a sought after consultant, rising above the freelance market
  • Move from the trap of hourly work to high income projects 
  • Turn your expertise into multiple streams of income
New Young Woman Consultant

New Consultant

  • Accelerate your business growth by 5- to 10-years
  • Find your perfect niche where you are in demand
  • Identify, engage, and convert your ideal prospects
  • Set fees and retainers with confidence
  • Use the BEST client conversion sales method
  • Build a steady six- and seven-figure income
Experienced Older White Male Consultant

Experienced Consultant

  • Build consistent high six- and seven-figure income
  • Gain greater independence, satisfaction, and contribution
  • Leverage workflows to turn one solution into many products
  • Build an automated marketing engine that creates a steady stream of clients
  • Create multiple streams of income

Transform Your Life

  • Save 5- to 10-years of difficult time by learning proven best practices
  • Find niches that need your expertise and are willing to pay for it
  • Use a magnetic marketing message that sticks in your prospect's mind
  • Gain confidence with step-by-step systems, checklists, and scripts 
  • Learn a conversational style that turns prospects into clients
  • Build a portfolio of high-quality clients you like working with

Accelerate Your Consulting Business

  • Don't depend upon referrals that dry up. Fill your pipelines with high-quality prospects
  • Learn how to get ranked in Google as the solution provider for your client's most painful problems
  • Create more free time with powerful workflow multipliers
  • Learn the best systems and software to automate the back office
  • Learn how to leverage one solution into multiple products
  • Build multiple streams of income that pay you 7 X 24 X 365

Don't Waste 5 to 10 Years - Accelerate!

Life is too short to spend 5 to 10 years learning on your own how to build your business. Accelerate your business with proven best practices.

I remember earning $37,000 a year the first few years. It was hard work and filled me with stress. I sold my house to give me more time.

Ten years later I was ecstatic as I reported $983,000 income to the US Internal Revenue service (Federal taxes). I learned the strategies, tactics, and skills that were Critical to Success as an independent professional.

I want you to use what is Critical to Success and accelerate your consulting to higher income and greater independence.

Ron's Critical to Success course has totally changed my life.
I'm not kidding!

I operate a one-person consulting business, and Ron’s Critical to Success class has totally changed my life. I’m not kidding! . . . I’m a very enthusiastic fan of Critical to Success. If you decide to sign up, be prepared for big changes and lots of work. But I promise you, you’ll greatly appreciate it!

John Lamy 
Management Consultant,
Southern Oregon
Lamy Consulting

Ron Person has brought a lifetime of successful consulting to his Critical to Success course.

I’ve learned so much from him! He knows how to make it work and he knows it well. He helped me find my niche, focus my brand, and then work with LinkedIn in a way that’s natural to my own easygoing communications style. I can’t say enough good things about him and his work.

Leslie Lawton
Content Marketing Strategist
Connected Communications

Master the Difference Between 
Average and High-Income

Join the ranks of high-earning independent professionals.

Often, it's just a few things that separate the average from the great. This chart shows that the average self-employed person in the US earned $47,200. In that same time frame almost 3 million self-employed people earned more than $100,000. And 300,000 earned between $500,000 and $2,500,000.
Chart, Pofeldt, E. (2018), "The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business"

Consultants Enjoy a Satisfying, Healthy,
and Independent Lifestyle

You might think that the "hard work" it takes to make high six- and seven-figure incomes while being independent would add  stress to your life. In fact, the opposite is true for those who know how to overcome the obstacles.

Successful consultants work less and enjoy their work more.
Being unsuccessful is what creates the most stress.

74% high-satisfaction from self-employed

High Satisfaction

74% of full-time self-employed independents in reported they were very satisfied, the highest level reported in seven years.


65% said they chose to be self-employment. They were in control of their life and work.

70% Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy Lifestyle

70% of full-time self-employed said that working independently was
better for their health.

MBO Partners, "State of Independents Reports", 2017

I highly recommend the course to anyone who wants to
grow their consulting business

When I gave a presentation at a meeting or a conference in the past,
people would seem excited, but then I rarely heard anything from them.
Then, Ron taught a class on how to get leads from presentations.
We got half a dozen serious leads from our next two presentations

and are having sales conversations with those people now.
I wish I had had this course earlier.

Sheella Mierson, PhD Biophysics
Founding Member, The Sociocracy Consulting Group
Partner, Blueprint of We California

Get Consulting Strategies, Tactics, and Tools
Anywhere, Anytime

Start building your consulting business now. 

Fast Track Modules build your foundation quickly, with proven, step-by-step guidance

Mastery Modules give you the details of advanced tactics and tools

Workbooks, Flowcharts, Checklists, and Scripts keep you on track and accelerating 

Live Weekly Group Sessions covering each module, as well as open questions and answers

One-on-One Coaching for multiple hours to answer your specific questions 

Consulting Community with camaraderie, support, and feedback

Fast Track Modules

Fast Track Modules

Fast Tracks guide you with one to two hours of work at each weekly stage to build or validate your business foundation. 


Personal Coaching

Don't go it alone. Get hours of personalized one-on-one coaching specific to your consulting. Get personal answers to marketing, sales, strategy, tactics, and technical. 

Mastery Modules Toolkits

Mastery Modules

Mastery Modules contain advanced tactics and tools to help you master advanced tactics for building your business.

Live Weekly Office Hours

Weekly Office Hours

Live Weekly Office Hours give you answers to module questions and shared wisdom.

Consulting Community

Consulting Community

Connect, get support, and find partners in the Consulting Masters community.

Stay at the top with micro-courses on skills, tools, and best-practices.

Micro Courses

Stay up-to-date and learn professional skills through micro-courses that keep you at the top of your game.

Scripts and Templates

Engage prospects with proven email, LinkedIn, and Discovery Session scripts. Write winning proposals with a proven template and guide.

Learning Events


Interactive workbooks guide you step-by-step as you record your ideas and build your tactics and systems.

Flow Charts

Flow Charts

Create the greatest impact in the shortest time with flow charts that guide you in best practices.

Scripts and Templates


Access previous office hours, events, interviews, and micro courses in the Archives.

SOPs and Checklists

SOPs and Check Lists

Standard Operating Procedures and check lists keep you and your clients on track with best practices.

Any Mobile Device

Any Device

Need access while on the go? Courses, assets, and community are accessible by smartphone or tablet.

Just Enough, Just in Time

Don't force yourself to watch two hour videos filled with boring, droning lectures that aren't business drivers.

  • No long boring videos 
  • Get just what you need with 5 to 20 minute video chunks
  • Follow Fast Track modules and step-by-step interactive workbooks to quickly build your consulting business
  • Dive into Mastery Modules for advanced tips, tactics, and tools 

Get what you need, where and when you need it in short, targeted bursts  of valuable content.

Course Modules

The consulting business courses contain Fast Track and Mastery modules. Fast Track modules take one to two hours of work per week and build your business foundation. Mastery Modules cover many advanced topics that build on the foundation and give you advanced strategies, tactics, and skills.

1. Finding Your Niche

It's an old saying, but true. "The Riches are in the Niches." Creating a high-income, professionally satisfying business is easier and more profitable when you find a niche you enjoy and where you are highly valued.


2. Finding Your Ideal Client

You cannot serve everyone. Learn how to identify your ideal client, learn their pain, and how to communicate with them. Find the exact clients who need and value you.

Promoting Your Services

3. Promoting Your Services

When you build the right stepping stones prospects know, like, and trust you before they have met you. Build the key elements you must have as an independent professional.

Getting Prospects Quickly

4. Getting Clients Quickly

Use proven methods to identify, find, and engage prospects. Then nurture them into a trusting relationship. Choose the methods, blueprints, and scripts that fit you and your clients.

Calculating and Setting Consulting Fees

5. Calculating and Setting Consulting Fees

There are nine fee structures for consulting and professional services. Calculate market-based fees using a quick estimation method or the detailed accounting worksheet.

Selling Your Consulting Services

6. Selling Consulting Services

Few people like to sell. Scripts and techniques are trite killers. What works is a well-researched conversational style with the right questions at the right time.

Writing Retainers and Proposals

7. Writing Winning Retainers and  Proposals

It's more than paperwork. Write proposals that let the client know you will deliver. Retainers are the first step to streams of income. Use proven templates (with prompts) to write winning proposals.

Automating Marketing and Backoffice

8. Eliminate, Automate, Delegate, Procrastinate

Create business and marketing machines that attract and qualify leads. Automating portions of your business can free 30% of your time and build a full pipeline of prospects. 

Creating Multiple Streams of Income

9. Create Multiple Streams of Income

Working by the hour or project traps you with hourly work - you must be available. Learn to productize your expertise. Learn how to consult globally with remote consulting.

Who Is Your Teacher and Mentor?

I want you to quickly gain the independence, income, and recognition you deserve.

You don't need to take 5 to 10 years of hard earned experience and mistakes. Use the proven step-by-step strategies, tactics, systems, tools and scripts I've developed over a lifetime of consulting. 

For more than 30 years I have been a solo-consultant. The first few years were tough. I don't want you to go through that.

You know your field of expertise. Use the expertise and experience in Critical to Success to accelerate your independent consulting business. 

The strategies, tactics, systems, templates, and tools in Critical to Success combined with weekly group sessions and personal one-on-one coaching will jump your consulting business to the next level.

These are strategies and skills I've learned in a career that includes,


  • 30+ years consulting in Microsoft technology, corporate strategy, and digital marketing strategy
  • Being selected as one of Microsoft's first twelve independent consultants
  • Earning high six- and seven-figure incomes
  • Teaching 1,000s of business and technical professionals through consulting and University of California, Berkeley
  • Consulting and training Fortune 1000 and Global 1000 clients such as Microsoft, Medtronic, Carnival Cruise Lines, Mary Kay, International Harvester, Brookings Institution, AT&T, PG&E, and many more
  • Writing four international best-selling books published by Macmillan and J Wiley with 3,000,000 copies sold
  • Two-years researching the difference between average and high earning solo-professionals 

I will do my best to help you build a highly-successful independent consulting business.
- Ron