Consulting businesses are booming, more so than ever before, and seeing year-over-year growth. With an accumulated value of about $250B, the global consulting industry is one of the biggest markets within the professional services sector.
If you are looking to start your own consulting business having useful insights from industry experts, reading about their entrepreneurial journey will help decide how you should go about it.
Here are some real life success stories of starting a consulting business:
1. Consulting Success ($2.4M/year)
Michael Zipursky (from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) started Consulting Success about 13 years ago.
My name is Michael Zipursky, and I’m the founder & CEO of Consulting Success®. We help consultants optimize their consulting business. That means helping them improve their service offerings, pricing, marketing, messaging, lead generation, and more.
- Clarity Coaching Program: our coaching program for consultants who want a personal and customized strategic plan to grow their consulting business — and a community of like-minded consulting business owners. Consulting Success® is a 7-figure business with high-profit margins — one that allows us to travel and work with clients around the world.
2. Xena Intelligence ($300K/year)
Akhil Suresh Nair (from Boston, MA, USA) started Xena Intelligence almost 2 years ago.
Hey guys! I am Akhil Nair, the co-founder of Parzenn Partners. We are a management consulting firm focused on the small and mid-sized businesses.
Ever since we launched this product a month ago, we have had over 50 businesses take the free assessment test and have 4 paying clients who have taken the paid in-depth analysis test & a couple of them hired have hired us as consultants to resolve some of their immediate red-flags. We have made $23,000 so far on this product over the past month.
3. EMDR Consulting ($1.8M/year)
Roy Kiessling (from Portland, OR, USA) started EMDR Consulting about 9 years ago.
Greetings, my name is Roy Kiessling, founder of EMDR Consulting, an international training organization specializing in teaching the EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) psychotherapy to master's level and above mental health professionals.
What started as a one-person training organization in 2013, has now grown to administrative staff of 5. a training team of over 20 trainers and 150 coaches. EMDR Consulting is now one of the largest EMDR training organizations in the United States, annually conducting over 150 EMDR basic training courses a year, teaching over 1500 mental health professionals how to integrate EMDR into their clinical practice.
4. Addepto ($1.26M/year)
Edwin (from Warsaw, Poland) started Addepto about 4 years ago.
Hi, my name is Edwin Lisowski and I am a co-founder and a CTO of Addepto.
Addepto founders: on the left - Edwin Lisowski (CTO), on the right - Artur Haponik (CEO)
5. HelloFuture ($3.52M/year)
Kalaboukis (from San Jose, CA, USA) started HelloFuture over 11 years ago.
My name is Kalaboukis, I am a futurist and innovator. Over my career, I’ve worked with both major corporations and startups to futurize their enterprise, and envision, create, build and ship great, profitable new products.
I’ve been in business for around 10 years, and have built a practice that works with both major corporations and startups in the technology, financial services, and retail space, with revenues around $293k per month. I’m named inventor on 122 patents and cited on 1181 patents in the internet, social networking, and fintech space, plus I’ve authored several books on innovation and the future and blogs and podcast at thinkfuture.com
6. Dream Client Academy ($1.2M/year)
Alex Albarran (from Hollywood, Florida, USA) started Dream Client Academy over 4 years ago.
Hey everyone ! My name is Alex Albarran and I’m the founder of Dream Client Academy . We’re a consulting & marketing firm based in Hollywood, Florida. I launched the company when I was 19 years old and working on my undergraduate degree.
I’ve been the only full-time member of the company up to this point (with part-time contractors). Moving into 2020, I’ll be pushing to scale DCA to high 6-figures in yearly revenue, improve our client-retention, build out our social proof base, while adding full-time members to the team so I can leverage my time and accelerate our growth.
7. Tracie Fobes ($120K/year)
Tracie Fobes (from Raymore) started Tracie Fobes about 6 years ago.
My name is Tracie Fobes and I run a blogging education and coaching business.
There is no greater joy than doing what you love and seeing the money roll in.
8. Product Lab ($104K/year)
Long (from Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam) started Product Lab over 2 years ago.
Hi everyone, I’m Long and I am the founder of Product Lab - the first consulting company in Vietnam about digital product management.
We had an opportunity to work with Vinpearl and Vinfast - which belong to Vingroup (one of the biggest corp in Vietnam) to help the product team improve the user experience of their website. And the last thing, we hosted a webinar with BUV - British University Vietnam (one of the biggest foreign universities in Vietnam) with the highest number of BUV students who join the webinar since all students in Vietnam have to learn online because of COVID-19.
9. Ethos Copywriting ($144K/year)
Matthew Flowers (from Erie, PA, USA) started Ethos Copywriting almost 6 years ago.
My name is Matt Flowers. I'm the Founder of Ethos Copywriting, a content marketing agency specializing in premium writing services, SEO, and marketing consulting.
Today, because of the power of the written word, Ethos pulls in about $130,000 annually. Not bad for starting a business from a laptop I bought with birthday gift cards.
10. Hutch ($81.6K/year)
Delali Dzirasa and Stephanie Chin (from Baltimore, MD, USA) started Hutch ago.
Hutch, founded by Fearless in 2019, is an intensive 24‑month program located in Baltimore, MD that provides minority and women entrepreneurs with a blueprint for building successful and impactful government digital services firms. The program equips businesses with the tools, mentorship, and peer-to-peer support they need to thrive in the world of government contracting.
To date, Hutch has 9 graduates, 11 company founders in our current 2 cohorts, and 20 companies total within our portfolio. Hutch is the only company of its kind led by industry experts with years of experience in digital transformation and government services.
11. BT Neil Consulting ($1.2K/year)
Cornelia Malloy (from Dunn, NC, USA) started BT Neil Consulting over 4 years ago.
Hi, my name is Cornelia “Miss Co” Malloy and I started an online consulting business, BT Neil Consulting. I use social media as a platform to promote and market my business and brands (Miss Co’s Tee Line and God’s Girl). I also have implemented affiliate marketing as part of my business with the hopes of landing some pay-per-click sponsorship opportunities.
I am still in the stage of getting my business name out there and building awareness of what I have to offer. I have not made any big money yet but I remain consistent and I operate as if I already have the followers and customers I want.
12. Eden Data ($2.76M/year)
Taylor Hersom (from Austin) started Eden Data over 2 years ago.
Hey there! My name is Taylor Hersom and I am the founder of Eden Data. Eden Data is a cybersecurity consulting firm focused on helping startups build better security as they grow.
Since starting the company in March of 2020, we have scaled to four team members and an MRR of $45k, all through remote services and nearly no startup costs.
13. LV8 ($240K/year)
Lani Eirini (from Lamia, Ελλάδα) started LV8 over 1 year ago.
Hello! We are George Chatzicharalampous and George Margaritis, founders of lv8 - Consulting. We offer digital marketing services and consulting that helps businesses reach their goal.
We started officially in December of 2020 and we are currently generating about $12,000 per month and we are helping some of the biggest companies in our area. In one of our clients that we also used as a case study we achieved a 2680% increase in revenue in one month compared to the same last year.
14. American Cannabis Company ($1.8M/year)
Ellis Smith (from Denver) started American Cannabis Company over 10 years ago.
My name is Ellis Smith and I am the co-founder of American Cannabis Company. ACC is a full-service consulting firm supporting the industry for over 9 years. We specialize in putting together the pre-application tools needed to raise capital as well as write winning applications in competitive markets. We have designed and built over 1.7 million sq ft of growing space to date with another 60,000 sqft under construction currently.
We are making about $150,000 a month as a company with our sites set on acquisitions of grows and dispensaries in 2021. This will increase our revenue to well over $500,000 a month.
15. Cain Consulting, Inc. ($180K/year)
Dave Cain (from Sylvania, Ohio, USA) started Cain Consulting, Inc. ago.
Hi, I’m Dave and I founded a veteran-owned company called Cain Consulting, Inc. which specializes in helping leaders become more effective and improving results. If you are a leader in any organization, anywhere, we can help you improve your performance! Working with leaders in the US and around the world, we coach executives and emerging leaders in leadership expertise and performance improvement.
Services include individual business coaching, virtual business coaching, team development, leadership training, and facilitation. Certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and E-Colors Premium PDI, we can offer a variety of assessments. We have provided services in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska; Nigeria, Thailand, and South Korea among others.
16. The Five Day Startup ($960K/year)
Scott Bartnick (from Orlando, Florida, USA) started The Five Day Startup over 4 years ago.
Hey there! My name is Scott Bartnick I'm a serial entrepreneur, an engineer, and the founder of the Five Day Startup. I've created several eCommerce and service businesses OtterPR.com and I recently launched my fifth successful brand.
I started The Five Day Startup in 2018. I expected to make 1 million dollars by December 2020 before the world was impacted by COVID-19, which has affected some of my primary revenue sources. Even so, I still expect to gross $500,000+ by the end of the year.
17. Busy Living Better ($62.4K/year)
Noah Riggs (from Shreveport, Louisiana, USA) started Busy Living Better almost 4 years ago.
My name is Noah Riggs and I decided to embark on the journey to become a full-time blogger in 2018. My business is a lot of things and evolves constantly. All of my current projects are all housed under the Busy Living Better umbrella entity (aside from my work as the CEO and stakeholder of a media company based out of Austin).
My business has allowed me to travel and have experiences I never thought I would have. I have been able to enjoy more time with my family, more moments with my friends, and been able to grow as a person more than I could ever imagine. I have been able to travel across the country on days notice for Halloween (pictured below in San Jose) with my nephews, take spontaneous trips with my girlfriend, help my best friend move states away with almost no notice, and so much more. My job flexibility makes me so excited for my future as a husband and father and I feel comfortable knowing I won’t have to miss anything important to me.
18. Dream Fitness Client Academy ($156K/year)
Isaiah Grant (from Connecticut, USA) started Dream Fitness Client Academy ago.
Hello, my fellow entrepreneurs! My name is Isaiah Grant and I’m the founder of Dream Fitness Client Academy. We’re a consulting & marketing firm based in Manchester, CT. I launched the company when I was 20 years old and working on my undergraduate degree.
I’ve been the only full-time member of the company up to this point (with part-time contractors). Moving into mid to late 2020, I’ll be pushing to scale DFCA to high 6-figures in yearly revenue, improve our client-retention, build out our social proof base while adding full-time members to the team so I can leverage my time and accelerate our growth.
19. 1ON1 SEO Training ($120K/year)
Bruce Jones (from Naperville, IL, USA) started 1ON1 SEO Training almost 3 years ago.
Hi there, my name is Bruce Jones and I am the Founder and CEO of 1ON1 SEO Training. I created my business two years ago, offering personalized search engine optimization and digital marketing courses for startups, small businesses, and individuals interested in learning about SEO and improving their businesses.
Today, I have worked with dozens of businesses from all around the world and earn over $10,000 a month working out of my home office. I started serving local businesses in my area, which quickly expanded across the U.S., and now have clients as far as New Zealand and Ireland.
20. Social Media Manager Society ($180K/year)
Amanda Shepherd (from Las Vegas, NV, USA) started Social Media Manager Society almost 2 years ago.
I’m Amanda Shepherd, the owner and lead mentor at the Social Media Manager Society. Aside from social media consulting to businesses in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries, I created a program to teach other women how to run successful social media businesses so they can have the time and financial freedom they’ve always wanted!
I quit my 9-5 and in one year made almost $100,000 working an average of four hours per day - and still growing!
21. Builder To Contributor LLC ($240K/year)
Denzel Rodriguez (from Pompano Beach, Florida, USA) started Builder To Contributor LLC over 3 years ago.
My name is Denzel Rodriguez currently 24 years old and I am a King. I serve the Almighty God King of Kings. My purpose on this earth is to share the Kingdom of God and his influence through financial concepts such as giving.
My company is Builder To Contributor LLC and I primarily do financial consulting with families. My main service is teaching Velocity Banking & Infinite Banking to help people pay off bad debt extremely fast, build credit, increase cash flow, and build wealth in a short period of time. My ideal customer is a mom looking to regain her authority and become a master over her finances. Doing this I currently make over $20k a month.
22. Dezan Shira & Associates ($18M/year)
Chris Devonshire-Ellis (from Multiple ) started Dezan Shira & Associates over 29 years ago.
Hi, My name is Chris Devonshire-Ellis and I am the Founding Partner of Dezan Shira & Associates. We are an Asian-focused consulting practice with specializations in law, tax, compliance, and related issues for foreign investors, mainly from the United States and Europe, who wish to trade with, sell to, or start-up businesses in Asia.
I began the business with very little capital, just hard work, and today we turn over about US$20 million per annum. Apart from the large law and tax firms, we are one of the most influential companies of our type in Asia today, with over 8 million readers of our websites and media outlets and a client base of several thousand companies. Over the years we have handled about US$8 billion of foreign investment into Asia.
23. Consulting.com ($20M/year)
Sam Ovens (from ) started Consulting.com over 11 years ago.
- I started my consulting business from scratch and then grew it to the point right now where I'm making more than $20 million per year with it.
- I'm going to show you exactly how I did that and I'm going to explain the process and the evolution that I went through to achieve that goal and that transformation. But most importantly, I'm going to show you how you can start your very own wildly profitable consulting business from scratch and then actually get clients, be able to provide value to them and get paid in return.
Read the full story on youtube.com ➜
24. Ya Girl Steph Perez ($1.28M/year)
Steph Perez (from ) started Ya Girl Steph Perez over 10 years ago.
- Steph Perez Made $26,621 in One Week through her consulting business.
- Guide to learn exactly how I run my coaching & consulting business 100% from home.
- Youtube is my platform for providing digital business training 7 days a week! Make sure you are subscribed AND have notifications on so you don't miss when I pop on live to answer your most pressing questions.
- Creating opportunities to help women turn their experiences into CASH by using what they know, who they are, and simple online business strategies.
Read the full story on youtube.com ➜
25. Part-Time YouTuber Academy ($4.79M/year)
Ali Abdaal (from ) started Part-Time YouTuber Academy over 4 years ago.
In this ridiculously long and detailed video, I'll take you behind the scenes of my YouTube channel and various businesses to show how much money we've made in 2021. Please do take the trigger warning at the start into account and please also understand that this is not an overnight success story, and there's no (legit) way to make money online without large amounts of work, luck, and unfair advantages, of which I've had plenty.
This is all pre-tax revenue earned from the YouTube Consulting business, and it goes into a company account which I then pay 21 team members, lots of money for various contractors, consultants, and coaches, and an obscene amount of money for various software subscriptions, etc.
Read the full story on youtube.com ➜
26. Adjust Media ($960K/year)
Uri Weinberger (from Toronto, ON, Canada) started *Adjust Media * over 5 years ago.
I’m Uri, and I like to think of myself as an eCommerce enthusiast. I’ve started four businesses in my short career, two of which were massive failures (learning opportunities) and two that I consider relative successes and still operate today!
By the end of 2021, Adjust Media grossed just under $1M. It feels surreal to say that, but it wouldn’t be possible without our team.
27. Consulting.com ($3M/year)
I’ll be honest with you. I felt guilt about an interview that I did years ago with today’s guest. This was back in, let me see here, 2013. I interviewed Sam Ovens about how he built up this consulting business and was teaching people how to do consulting. I thought maybe I got taken for a ride. It w…
Sam Ovens (from Manhattan Community Board 1, New York, USA) started Consulting.com ago.
28. Argona Partners ($120K/year)
Jeremy Imlach (from Indianapolis) started Argona Partners ago.
My name is Jeremy Imlach, I am a CoFounder and the CEO of Argona Partners. Argona is a strategic consulting and startup development firm. We focus on three areas of success; Financial Health, Growth Strategy, and Fundraising Readiness.
Discover the best strategies of successful business owners
Join our newsletter and receive our handcrafted recap with the best insights shared by founders in Starter Story each week.
Useful, convenient, and free:
Did you know that brands using Klaviyo average a 95x ROI?
Email, SMS, and more — Klaviyo brings your marketing all together, fueling growth without burning through time and resources.
Deliver more relevant email and text messages — powered by your data. Klaviyo helps you turn one-time buyers into repeat customers with all the power of an enterprise solution and none of the complexity.