Starting and Building a Thriving Consulting Business

Courses, guides, tutorials, and tools 
to build a thriving consulting business

Critical to Success guides you step-by-step in building your own thriving consulting business. 

  • Build a High Six- or Seven-Figure Income
  • Gain Independence and Work/Life Balance
  • Be Recognized for your Expertise

Imagine yourself as a successful consultant...

Imagine, as a new consultant you...

  • Fill your pipeline with quality clients
  • Create a business that gives you independence
  • Earn a stable high six-figure income
  • Reduce your family's risk of startup failure
Experienced Consultant

Imagine, as an experienced consultant you...

  • Create a recurring revenue of a $1,000,000 per year
  • Fill your pipeline and chose the quality clients you want
  • Gain recognition as a leader in your field
  • Breakthrough your past upper-limits

What will you gain with Critical to Success?

Whether you are just starting or you are an experienced consultant, Critical to Success helps you with proven step-by-step guides, video tutorials, templates, and tool kits proven to,

  • Identify rapidly growing and profitable niches
  • Quickly find prospects and close new clients
  • Create a stable high six- or seven-figure income
  • Leverage your knowledge into a portfolio of services and products
  • Create more time for family and friends
  • Reduce startup stress and risk

More than 7,000 people subscribe to Critical to Success.
It's an incredible asset for independent consultants.

Global 1000
Fortune 1000
J Wiley

How were these proven systems created?

I remember earning about $37,000 a year during my first few years as a consultant. It took almost ten years for me to learn how to make a six-figure income as a consultant. 

I don't want your climb to a six-figure income to take ten years.

I remember my excitement the first time I reported $983,000 to the US Internal Revenue service. To me it was proof that I had learned what it takes to build a six-figure, solo-consultant income, deliver great value to my clients, and have work-life balance.

Most consultants go through this same struggle - they are experts in their field and dedicated to helping clients, but they don't know how to find a niche that values them, how to build a pipeline of prospects, and how to build automated systems that market and leverage the value they deliver.

Most consultants face years of feast-or-famine!

It was an amazing "Ah hah!" moment for me when I realized there was a way to deliver more value to more clients and work less. And in the process I was earning more. My income did not have to depend upon how many hours I worked. And boy, had I worked long, hard hours!

I don't want you to take years to learn how to start and build a highly successful six- or seven-figure consulting business. 

You deserve to be paid what you are worth. 

Where do Critical to Success methods and systems come from?

Critical to Success is built from the knowledge of, 

  • 30+ years consulting with Fortune 1000 and Global 1000 companies
  • Business startup methods demanded by Silicon Valley investors 
  • Curated consulting methods developing around the world

Critical to Success helps you succeed with short videos and with tools, templates, and assets that give you Just-Enough, Just-In-Time so you can build your business when you have the time. As a member of Critical to Success you have access to, 

  • Execution Plans that show you what to do and in what order
  • Libraries of step-by-step guides that deliver "Just-Enough, Just-in-Time" 
  • Video tutorials for structured learning or ad-hoc support
  • Tool kits with Excel worksheets, PowerPoint templates, and Word documents
  • Scripts for interviews and sales
  • Templates and checklists
  • Lists of recommended software, tool kits, and marketing assets

Click the button below to read The Ultimate Guide to Building a Thriving Consulting Business...

What is in the Starting and Building a Thriving Consulting Business Course

Click a title below to see the modules and resources for each week in the course.


Week One – Finding the Riches in High-Growth Niches

Week Two - Knowing your Clients, their Problems, Journey, and Calls to Action

Week Three - Building Your Consulting Brand

Week Four - Filling Your Client Pipeline

Week Five - Building an Automated Marketing Machine

Week Six - Winning More Proposals with Ladders of Solutions and Fees

Week Seven - Creating Recurring Revenue to Build a Million-Dollar Consulting Business

Following Week Seven

Starting and Building a Thriving Consulting Business Course

A few times each year I open the course, Starting and Building a Thriving Consulting Business. The course closely follows the checklists in the Ultimate Guide to Starting a Consulting Business.

This seven-week course accelerates you through starting and building a highly successful consulting business. 

If you are interested in learning about the next course, please click the button below and download one of the Ultimate Guide checklists and I will contact you.

What have others said about Critical to Success and its consulting methods?

I’ve had the opportunity to work with many consultants and facilitators in my career, and Ron Person goes right to the top of my list of the most effective. In fact, it’s not fair to Ron to refer to him as a facilitator, as he’s really more of a learned guide, humble educator, process cop and teammate. Most importantly, he added true value to our project. It’s an understatement to say that we never would have attained the results we did had it not been for Ron. I’ve referred him to colleagues at other companies and look forward to working with him again.           

Peter Cohen, VP Marketing and Retail Strategy
West Coast Retail Construction Firm

Your guidance helped us through the sometimes difficult process of developing a strategic plan. Not only did we capture the widely diverse needs of our stakeholders, but we produced an executable plan in record time. We have a clear vision of what we will become and we know exactly what we must do to get there.

Some strategic planning processes are little more than pointless exercises that end up on a shelf. This plan is one we know how to execute.

One of California, USA’s Largest Performing Arts Centers

I must tell you that your book is an excellent read. In fact, it's like a checklist which one should carry while implementing a Balanced Scorecard in any company.

Nitin Singh Bhadauria

I just wanted to drop you a quick e-mail to congratulate you on your great book. It was a great guideline for us in improving our strategic planning.

Alex Robbio, Vice-President, Business Development

An organization's success depends upon a clear, defensible strategy with concise executable plans that focus on proven customer needs. 

          Ron Person 

Ron Person helps consultants build their own thriving consulting business.

For the seven years prior to founding Critical to Success, Ron was Sr. Consultant for Strategic Business Optimization at the third-largest internet marketing software company. During that time the company grew more than 50% per year.

Ron's work has run the gamut, from picking tomatoes and washing windows, to jerking ice cream in college, then becoming a U.S. Air Force pilot after college. He went on to earn an MS in Physics and MBA in marketing and finance with highest honors. He started his consulting practice as one of Microsoft’s first twelve independent consultants. 

Ron has built his 30+ years consulting career around strategic performance improvement and digital marketing strategy. His clients have included Fortune 1000 and Global 1000 companies including corporations such as ExxonMobil, Medtronics, Carnival Cruise Lines, and Mary Kay, as well as many regional businesses and non-profits. Ron has also founded or co-founded four businesses.

Ron has taught thousands of business professionals as a consultant as well as teaching as an adjunct professor at University of California, Berkeley. He has written 27 books published by J Wiley and Macmillan that include four international best-sellers with more than three million copies sold in 18 countries. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and certified Balanced Scorecard consultant who has served on the Board of Examiners for the California Awards for Performance Excellence.