Approved training courses

Course description

This training programme is for all those who are considering to change their formal career as an employee especially those who have been working for a long time and have accumulated a lot of experience. Freelance working as an independent consultant is an ideal option that gives many people the freedom to stay involved with their field, work flexibly and continue to generate income without being tied to an organisation.

However, expertise in a technical, scientific or management field alone is not enough as self-employment needs a new set of skills in order to operate the new entity as a successful business. Put differently, skills needed to run a small firm like routine business administration, accountancy, finance, taxation, company regulations, client interface and business development vastly differ from those the consultant may have been using in a corporation or academic institution.

Course outline

The course is comprehensive and structured but is focused on providing a step-by-step programme that prepares participants for a career as an Independent Consultant. Combining face to face and personalised interaction plus ongoing support afterwards, the session provides the insights and guidance you need to set up and run your own consultancy business successfully. Key concepts covered include:

• Understanding pros and cons of freelancing and what to expect;
• Avoiding costly mistakes before setting up the business;
• Constructing a vision of the business;
• Market research and business plan;
• Structuring the business as a sole trader, limited company or partnership;
• Company registration with Companies House and Director’s legal responsibilities;
• Choosing a name, web design, business email, phone lines and IT needs;
• Bookkeeping, accountancy and software;
• Making Tax Digital;
• IR35 Legislation;
• Business insurance and liabilities;
• Consultancy models, building and maintaining business reputation;
• Functioning as a business and day-to-day operations;
• Working with clients and becoming a successful business;
• Business ethics and client satisfaction;
• Physical health and mental wellbeing for loan workers;
• Networking for consultants and getting support;
• Consultancy in post-Covid-19 world.

Who should attend?

This programme is relevant to all enterprising scientists, industrialists, academics and executives who have worked in the industry, public sector or academia before and want to use their knowledge and expertise to work as independent consultants.

The programme is developed by practitioners with the track record of starting and running their own consultancy business successfully. It is designed and focused on providing all the information you need to start your new enterprise with eyes fully open. It also provides guidance on a diverse range of subjects that you need to get to grips with when you begin offering services to clients as a business entity.

Post-training support

Participants qualify for up to 3 hours of free consultancy and support toward getting their business started within 6 months of completing the programme.

The interactive course also provides a range of examples, handy templates and information sheets to help the trainees to set up their business quickly.

Comments from a previous participant:

“I found the course both useful and enjoyable. The content was relevant and well delivered by an obvious expert in the filed”.


Attendees need to have considerable experience in their field and be confident that they can offer consultancy services to prospective clients. The course is not limited to chemistry and other scientific or technical experts can also attend and benefit.

Additional info

Course material, lunch and refreshment will be provided for in-person sessions in Cambridge.
For online version and dates please contact ChemPharmaServe by email.

Teaching method





1 day


£450.00 GBP (plus VAT)

Training provider

ChemPharmaServe Limited



01954 252789

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