United States of America
New York NY
“I had personally consulted independently for something like 10 years before joining Appleton Greene. I am a great believer in speculating to accumulate and was spending about $5,000 per month on marketing my practice. This included about $1,000 per month on purchasing database contacts for mass mailing. So, spending $1,225 annually for the opportunity to reach out to 500,000 contacts through Appleton Greene, where there was no cold calling, was a no brainer for me really. What I was not expecting was the level of professional support that I received, assistance with developing a detailed client information guide and this process really helped me to fully understand what it was that I personally had to sell and precisely why clients would buy it. I also liked the fact that I could ease myself into Appleton Greene without giving up my current clients. Approximately 70% of my clients come from Appleton Greene now.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in New York NY in the United States of America.
Los Angeles CA
“I worked in Human resources for 20 years and had always considered consulting but had never taken the plunge. Every self analysis test that I had undertaken told me that I was ideally suited to being a consultant, but I just did not know how to go about it. I had interviews with some of the big consulting firms but felt that I would just be project managing their own services. It didn’t feel right for me. I also had interviews with several consultancy umbrella organizations, but the problem was that I still did not understand what I was actually going to do if a client employed me. The attraction of Appleton Greene was that I could stick my toe in the water, so to speak. The annual cost was negligible and I was able to continue working with my employer while setting everything up. I learnt how to develop a detailed consulting service brochure for myself and this process helped me to understand what it was that I could do. The support that I received during this process was really excellent. I did not really understand this at the time, but the majority of business at Appleton Greene comes through their learning providers, so there is no need for business development. I am now a full-time consultant and thoroughly enjoy my work now. Appleton Greene gave me the confidence and the support to have a go.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Los Angeles CA in the United States of America.
“I am not one of these people who expects something for nothing and I do not mind paying for good service. The majority of Appleton Greene’s income comes from commissions and service fees on consultancy engagements so I was therefore comfortable paying for the business development service provided by Appleton Greene. I could tell that everything had been really well thought through, just by reading the information guide and this gave me the confidence to give it a try. It took me a while to get started, just because my own commitments prevented me from developing the content for my consulting service guide, but once I had done this, everything started to flow. My expectations have now been raised and I have been itching to become a full certified learning provider or at least a program director at Appleton Greene.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Chicago IL in the United States of America.
“Being a lawyer I am a stickler for the detail. I have been on the client side of consulting in the past and always struggled to understand precisely what all of these consultants were actually going to do. I was originally introduced to Appleton Greene by employing the services of one of their consultants. I was really impressed with the quantity and quality of information that was made available to me before we employed the consultant. I knew exactly what they were going to do and their consulting service information guide provided a constant source of reference. These services were then facilitated by qualified learning providers who were implementing business improvement processes. Needless to say, when I got to the stage when I was considering doing some part time consulting myself, Appleton Greene was my first and only port of call.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Houston TX in the United States of America.
“I did some serious research before joining Appleton Greene. I had meetings with a variety of different consulting firms but felt that all that they were really offering was the opportunity to be registered with them and success would be subject to clients being interested in my profile, much as it is with Linkedin. The more I peeled the onion with Appleton Greene the more I realized that their service was much more than this. I had no idea if it would work, but I felt compelled to give it a try. I completed my profile and had it published. I worked hard on my client service guide and had this published. I wrote several professional articles and had them published. Then the dime dropped! What I was doing here was creating awareness. The client service guide and professional articles are what did the trick for me because they enabled me to really “engage” clients for the first time in my career. I currently earn a six figure income through Appleton Greene and am still only working an average of 25 hours per week, which leaves plenty of time for other things.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Philadelphia PA in the United States of America.
“Everyone told me that if I wanted to succeed as a consultant that I had to network my butt off! So I did, I had a detailed profile on Linkedin and developed over 500 connections and joined I don’t know how many professional groups. I had a profile on I don’t know how many other professional and social networks and I was spending approximately 25% of my time networking and promoting myself. If I had a dollar for every consultancy assignment that I have been promised via professional or social networks, I could have retired by now. What did I achieve from all of this effort, zilch! After becoming somewhat disenchanted, I began looking for something different. I enjoyed consulting, but all of my projects were coming from word of mouth and whatever I tried with marketing and networking wasn’t working. What intrigued me with Appleton Greene, was that they were NOT offering the opportunity to network. Indeed they did not appear to have any real presence on social of professional networks. This was actually a commercial organization that already had a long list of clients worldwide and all that they required of me was to provide detailed content about the consulting services that I would ideally like to offer. All of my clients now come through Appleton Greene and every minute that I have spent with them has been a productive minute.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Phoenix AZ in the United States of America.
San Antonio TX
“A friend recommended Appleton Greene to me. They were applying to Appleton Greene themselves and provided me with a link to their consultant information guide. I was instantly hooked and contacted them to apply. Unfortunately I had to wait for their next annual intake and I was chomping on the bit by then. What I liked was the emphasis on the consulting service itself. If I was excited by what I could develop, then presumably clients would be too. The support and assistance that I received from Appleton Greene was enlightening, their attention to detail is remarkable and this theme is reflected throughout all of their services. I felt that I was being professionally trained and had support whenever I needed it. The result was that I gained in confidence, established a portfolio of clients and I also outsource work to two other consultants.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in San Antonio TX in the United States of America.
San Diego CA
“Like most people I am very busy and have a short attention span. You can therefore imagine how surprised I was when I spent a whole day out of my weekend, reading through all of the ACS Candidate Information Guide. I couldn’t believe how much interesting content there was. My mind was racing and I even had problems sleeping that night. What surprised me even more was when I then read through the whole thing again the day afterwards! This actually taught me a valuable lesson: if you are interested enough in something, you will take the time to read about it, if it is engaging and if it is important enough to you. I have consulted for years and have spent a small fortune developing business, but I had never thought of putting serious time into writing content relating to what I do. This is what I understood Appleton Greene was advocating. You write a detailed client information guide, explaining precisely what you propose to do and how it would work in practice. Then you write articles that relate to your specialist subject and publish them. What does all of this achieve? Well in my case it has eliminated all of the time that I used to spend on sales and business development! The trick is that this approach pre-qualifies your target market. They have effectively made their decision to proceed even before speaking with you and I have the opportunity to amend and improve my service information guide as I gain more experience. What a wonderfully simple and refreshing approach to business development.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in San Diego CA in the United States of America.
“If you are a practicing independent consultant then Appleton Greene is a must. However, do not think that all you need to do is register with them, publish your profile and then just sit back and watch the money roll in. if you do nothing, you will achieve nothing. I learnt this the hard way. I registered about a year ago and quickly got my professional profile published. I knew that the next step was developing my client information guide, but I was pressed for time and put this on the back burner. I then came to the end of my current project and had a month or so to spare, so I contacted Appleton Greene again who understandably said that they were still waiting for my client information guide. I then had the motivation to spend time on this and once it was approved and published, I achieved my first assignment within a week! Not only that, but I have received service orders from Appleton Greene regularly every month since, not all of which I am able to accept. So, learn from my mistakes. The more that you put into this, the more you will get out of it. I am not alone either. Everyone that I have spoken to who has succeeded at Appleton Greene has had their client information guide approved and published. An additional tip: Appleton Greene’s customer service support guys are really good, if you are not regularly communicating with them then you are missing out.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Dallas TX in the United States of America.
San Jose CA
“It is rare these days to find an online company that provides good customer service. Appleton Greene provides clear time parameters for responses to support requests and always responds accordingly. More importantly, their communications are detailed, personal and productive. Everything is carefully planned, well thought out and I always knew precisely what I needed to do next. I believe that the same customer service philosophy is implemented with clients too and it is therefore no wonder that they come back to Appleton Greene. They are very well thought of by the clients that I have worked with and by other consultants and learning providers too. Their staff training must be excellent because everyone treats you like a VIP. Very good value for your dollar.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in San Jose CA in the United States of America.
“I was looking for a job when I came across Appleton Greene. I had never consulted before but when I read through the consultancy information guide there were so many lights that came on for me and I was excited about giving this a try. I had nothing to lose, the annual service fee was not an issue for me, I spent more than this on eating out every month, so I saw this as a low risk opportunity. Appleton Greene takes you through a series of very well thought out stages of self-development and I found that my knowledge, understanding and confidence grew by the day. By the time that I had finished developing all of the content for my client information guide, I knew exactly what I was going to do, how I was going to do it and why companies would employ me. When I then started to receive service orders from companies, there was no trepidation on my part because I knew that they understood what they were employing me for. This is the most credible business development process that I have ever come across.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Austin TX in the United States of America.
“As an employer of consultants, I was used to interviewing candidates who were just trying to sell me their experience and knowledge, there never seemed to be anything tangible. Then I interviewed an Appleton Greene consultant who referred me to her client information guide. I was blown away! I then reviewed the client information guides for other consultants and services and in all cases I was very clear about what I was being asked to buy. What this experience also provided me with, was an acknowledgement of a unique consulting service proposition that I myself could provide. The fact that I could work part time as a consultant with Appleton Greene, without having to give up my day job, really appealed to me because it enabled me to treat consultancy as a hobby. This has provided me with tremendous insight regarding my own core skills and experience and has allowed me to completely re-evaluate my career options for the future.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Jacksonville FL in the United States of America.
“I was in a pretty desperate financial position when I first joined Appleton Greene. I had just lost my job and was not in anything like a strong financial position. I had also recently gone through an expensive divorce and had no funds to invest in anything. Getting a decent job was proving difficult during the recession and I turned to consultancy as an interim option. I looked at several consultancy companies but they all required a significant investment either to purchase a franchise or to purchase training and support. Appleton Greene were the only company that offered me a viable option that I could afford at the time. My relationship with Appleton Greene has always been self-financing since then. Appleton Greene provided me with the opportunity to pick myself back up off the floor and I will always be eternally grateful to them for that. I also feel like I belong at Appleton Greene. The assignments are all really interesting and there is always plenty of support available. I can no longer imagine doing anything else.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Indianapolis IN in the United States of America.
San Francisco CA
“I love the fact that Appleton Greene is not location sensitive. What I mean by this is that it does not seem to matter where you are located internationally, you still receive regular client service orders. I tend to have to move a lot because of my husband’s job and I did not want to have to change jobs myself every time we moved. When I first registered with Appleton Greene, we were based in Zurich in Switzerland, then we moved to New York for a short period of time before moving to Vienna in Austria. We are now back in the United States in San Francisco. I have always received a steady flow of service orders and the fact that the majority of consultancy assignments are outsourced by Appleton Greene Learning Providers is really great because all of the work can be done online. The Learning Providers provide the face of Appleton Greene to their clients and I can just focus upon working in the background. Everything is always really well organized.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in San Francisco CA in the United States of America.
“I had no prior consulting experience when I first joined Appleton Greene, so I registered as an Associate. The support that I have received from Appleton Greene has been excellent, but the real value for me personally has been the practical opportunity to work under Certified Learning Providers. In most cases you are always directly responsible to a Learning Provider, which enables you to gain valuable experience. I have learnt such a lot about a variety of different consulting services and about the various corporate training programs that are being implemented with clients. This experience has helped me to shape my own unique consulting service offering and gain the confidence to implement it. I did complete a business/consultancy degree in university but I found the content much too theoretical. I learnt more in my first month at Appleton Greene.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Columbus OH in the United States of America.
Fort Worth TX
“Appleton Greene’s primary focus is upon the consultancy service that you are offering. Get this right and the business development process is easy. It is refreshing after 20 years in consulting to finally identify a consultancy business model that really works. To develop your skills and experience into a tangible consulting service is a difficult but very rewarding process. It is all common sense really, no client would be willing to engage the services of a consultant unless they understood precisely what they were being asked to buy and how the service would work in practice. The process certainly helped me to focus and by the time that I had finished my client information guide, I knew exactly why clients would employ me.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Fort Worth TX in the United States of America.
“I have consulted for about 10 years on and off and have always enjoyed the projects that I have worked on. What I did not enjoy was that I could only work for one client at a time, because all of my work was project-orientated. Then, when the project finished, I had to start looking for the next client. On average over 10 years I was spending approximately 8 months of every year earning income and four months of the year spending money looking for new business. It is what is typically referred to as the feast famine scenario within the consultancy industry. Joining Appleton Greene has resulted in me being able to spend all of my time consulting and earning income and I don’t have to worry about business development any more. In addition to this, I am working with a number of different clients at the same time, which reduces risk and increases my earning potential.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Charlotte NC in the United States of America.
“I worked as a consultant for KPMG for around 8 years, but I had been thinking of setting up independently in order to have more control over the work that I did and to increase my income. I was not however prepared to take the proverbial leap without having the support structure that I was used to. This is why Appleton Greene appealed to me. It also afforded me the opportunity to carry on working at KPMG while I established my own clients with Appleton Greene. The transition was therefore made seamlessly over a period of about 6-12 months, eliminating any financial risk for me personally. The support that I have received from everyone at Appleton Greene has been very much appreciated, including all of the Learning Providers, but I must give a special mention to Elizabeth Johnson, who has worked tirelessly on my behalf and is always friendly, courteous and professional. She has the patience of a saint and has always managed to keep me on track.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Detroit MI in the United States of America.
El Paso TX
“What appealed to me about Appleton Greene was the opportunity of doing work online. I love working from home as much as possible and the majority of consultancy assignments allow you to do that, because the learning providers visit with clients and then outsource the work to you. I have personally preferred to decline the consultancy assignments that required me to visit the client’s premises and yet have still managed to keep busy with online assignments. It also allows you to work with learning providers in different parts of the world, which has proven to be very interesting and enlightening. It has also allowed be to focus upon what I do best, which is Business Performance Optimization and I have now developed a reputation for being a specialist in this area.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in El Paso TX in the United States of America.
“I have consulted both internally and independently for probably 20 years, but I first started earning a 6 figure salary when I joined Appleton Greene around 12 years ago. Since then I have continuously improved both my service skills and income. I currently earn around $200k-$250k and manage between 5-10 clients at any one time. In my case I am usually involved with one or two projects at a time and then have a number of other clients on advisory or support services. By the time I am about to end a project there is always one of the other clients getting ready to upgrade. It has been pretty consistent over the years. Appleton Greene have always been there when I have needed them and it has really helped me having other consultants to call upon as and when needed.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Memphis TN in the United States of America.
“When I was first thinking about joining Appleton Greene, I had been mulling over consulting for some time. I had good experience at board level and felt that I had something to offer clients as a consultant, but I was just not sure about how to package what I was going to do. The fact that Appleton Greene was going to help me to develop my own client information guide really helped, but the clincher for me was seeing the Bronze Client Service, Silver Client Service, Gold Client Service and Platinum Client Service options that were already being made available to clients by Appleton Greene. This helped me to understand precisely how to package my services in such a way that clients would understand them. It also helped me to plan how many clients with each service that I could manage and how much I could potentially earn. It enabled me to put together a realistic time and financial plan that I was both comfortable with and confident in.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Boston MA in the United States of America.
“I was introduced to Appleton Greene by another consultant. When I understood what Appleton Greene actually does for you, I couldn’t believe that there was nothing more to pay than the annual service fee, which at $825 in my case would hardly cover the cost of one of my monthly adverts. Then I realized that Appleton Greene makes its money from service fees payable as a percentage of client service orders achieved through Appleton Greene and this made more sense to me. The annual service fee merely covers the cost of content development for your consultant profile and client information guide and the cost of publishing and distributing this information. It still enables you to reach out to 500k active client contacts, so this represents extremely good value for money in my book. What I would also recommend to all Accredited Consultants is the Knowledge Sharing Publication service. It is a terrific way to put yourself out there on a regular basis and I have achieved many clients directly from the articles that I have written. It only takes me about an hour to write an article and I try to do one every month. Well worthwhile.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Seattle WA in the United States of America.
“I had worked as an IT project manager for about 7 years but wanted to transition from pure IT into more business related areas as a Business Consultant. The problem was that my resume was all IT. Appleton Greene gave me the perfect opportunity to try and make this change. With the Client Information Guide, I could focus upon what I wanted to do, rather than what I had been doing and I could also try different industry sectors and geographical locations as well. I could also continue with the IT projects that I was doing until I was doing enough business with Appleton Greene. It proved to be a great way of making this career change without risking what I already had. I now focus upon Business-IT integration strategy and while my technical background is a useful asset to have, I am perceived as a more rounded business professional with Appleton Greene clients and this has helped me to take a significant step up in my career.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Denver CO in the United States of America.
“I was attracted by the combination of having a tangible service offering, focusing on specific industry sectors and specific geographical locations. This triangular approach to business development as a consultant made perfect sense to me because companies are always looking for business specialists rather than business generalists. As an American Citizen, it also gave me the opportunity to widen my horizons and to travel to different parts of the world on business. You can elect to work online if you do not want to travel, but I prefer being there in order to experience the company first hand. I have work experience in 5 different countries and 14 different cities worldwide now, which has really enhanced the international flavor of my resume. I also had experience in just one industry sector before joining Appleton Greene. I have now worked in 6 different sectors. The more experience that I have obtained, the more consultancy service offers I have received.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Washington DC in the United States of America.
“I decided to try my hand at consulting about 3 years ago. During that time I have tried advertising, networking, tele-marketing, mass mailing and also canvassing old employers and colleagues. Nothing worked. When I joined Appleton Greene, it took me about an hour to realize what I had been doing wrong all of this time, about a week to develop my consulting profile and about a month to develop my client information guide. Within 2 months I was already working on my first consultancy projects. Within a year I had an established and viable consulting practice. I am now scaling up my business by managing 4 portfolios of clients (Bronze/Silver/Gold/Platinum). So, after all of this time and money, what was it that I was doing wrong before Appleton Greene I hear you ask? The answer is that I did not have a recognizable consulting service to offer clients, one which they could engage with and one which satisfied their key corporate objectives. I was just trying to sell me, that is to say my experience, skills and knowledge. You won’t get anywhere by trying to sell your resume as a consultant. If you understand the difference here, then you may be able to benefit from my mistakes and save all of that time and money. Otherwise I suggest that you need Appleton Greene.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Nashville TN in the United States of America.
“When I first looked at the income projections for Associate, Executive and Senior Consultants, I thought that they were on the low side. Then I realized that these projections were calculated only with part time commitment, requiring only 20 hours per week. This began to make more sense when I realized that that these were average projections, taking into consideration the fact that some consultants would achieve more and some would achieve less, depending upon their own individual work commitments. I decided to base my forecasts on this average and was achieving my target within 6 months. I am still achieving it after 3 years. Appleton Greene succeed by selling products and services to clients, rather than people. The client information guides help consultants to present their service offering in such a way that clients will understand it. My services are then offered to clients in accordance with their departmental key corporate objectives. I just happen to be the person who implements the service. A simple and straight-forward approach that works.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Baltimore MD in the United States of America.
Las Vegas NV
“Appleton Greene has a terrific business model which is tried and tested. Consultancy projects are achieved in house, 75% of all consultancy projects come directly from Learning Providers, who are implementing their own corporate training programs with clients, so there is no need for any sales activity, cold calling, or business development on behalf of the consultant. It also means that a wide variety of projects are offered to you from different countries and from different industries. It is a really good way of gaining valuable experience. Prior to Appleton Greene, I tried to become well known on professional networks such as LinkedIn, but the reality is that it does not matter how many connections you have or how many professional groups you join, all that you are really doing with your time is wasting it, because none of these people really know you or understand what you can do and none of them have any opportunities to offer you. They are of course all looking for you to provide them with opportunities. I no longer have the time to network now and have recently removed my profile from LinkedIn and other networks. Experience has taught me to spend my valuable time with commercial organizations rather than networks.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Las Vegas NV in the United States of America.
“I have had a very positive experience with Appleton Greene. All of their processes are well structured and the personal assistance and support that I have received has really been very good. Registering as an Accredited Senior Consultant has proven to be a very cost-efficient and time-efficient way of achieving new business. All of the consultancy projects offered to me have been relevant to my skills and experience and have enjoyed them immensely. I have also learnt much about the type of consultant that I want to be. My consulting service has evolved over time and I believe that there is always room for continuous improvement. Appleton Greene offers a friendly, professional and consistent service to its consultants and I would have no hesitation in recommending them.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Atlanta GA in the United States of America.
“As an independent consultant it always helps to be associated with a successful brand. Appleton Greene does business with companies that are household names and does not engage in any peripheral activities, such as online networking, discussions, or forums, which tend to do more harm than good in my view. Everything that you do as an Accredited Consultant has a productive purpose and represents sensible and necessary use of your time. The consulting jobs offered are all generated from learning providers who have direct access to companies and they manage the quality of all work that you do. The support is always there when you need it and the staff are very well trained.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Miami FL in the United States of America.
“I have developed a portfolio of clients split between Los Angeles and Hawaii and while I am based in Hawaii I travel to the mainland for about a week every month. Appleton Greene has provided me with clients from 5 different industries within these two locations and I probably manage 15 companies at any given time now. Business comes from learning providers mostly and they tend to be the people who you are directly responsible to. The type of consultancy projects that I have personally been involved in includes brand management, channel management, product development, business partnering and marketing strategy and I have worked within the consumer goods, retail, tourism, healthcare and travel industries.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Honolulu HI in the United States of America.
“I personally like to be thorough in everything that I do, so the Appleton Greene consultancy information guide instantly appealed to me. Everything is well planned and structured in a way that can only be achieved over a sustainable period of time. I liked the idea of spending time developing my consulting service offering in detail before going to market as I prefer to understand precisely what I would be doing beforehand. The processes for developing my consultant profile and in particular my client information guide, helped me to fine tune my service offering and the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum client contracts helped me to understand precisely how much time I would have to spend on each service with each client and precisely what I would be paid in each case. Everything just felt right to me. There was sufficient information made available for me to understand how everything works and the support that I have received has been consistently professional.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Minneapolis MN in the United States of America.
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“I met an Appleton Greene Learning Provider while working on a project with a previous employer. He suggested that I should try to register as an Accredited Senior Consultant given my qualifications and experience. He was personally outsourcing quite a lot of work to other consultants that were registered with Appleton Greene and I was particularly impressed by just how organized everything was and how well prepared these consultants were. I applied and my application was approved 3 months later. I then learned why everyone was so well prepared. I spent the first few months developing my service offerings and after several submissions I finally had my client information guide approved. This was a thought provoking process and forced me to ask some serious questions about what I was going to do and how I was going to do it. I then understood how clients would measure value with me and why I would succeed. I started receiving my first consultancy assignments a month later and they were precisely what I was looking for. I have worked with Appleton Greene for 7 years now and have consistently achieved good quality business during that time. I thoroughly enjoy the work that I do and plan on continuing with this until retirement.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in London in the United Kingdom.
“Appleton Greene is a very professional organization that has served me well during the past 12 years. I have a very specific service offering which I refer to as Global Partnering and I focus on companies within the healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. I am an Accredited Executive Consultant and I am also now a Certified Learning Provider. I earned a living exclusively in my capacity as an Accredited Executive Consultant for 3 years before I became a Learning Provider, but I still maintain my AEC status because I enjoy consulting and have a healthy balance of corporate training and consultancy clients now. My consultancy clients amounts to less than 10% of my overall income because you earn far more as a CLP, but I like to keep my hand in. Everyone connected with Appleton Greene has been a delight to work with and I have made many friends. Although Appleton Greene operates internationally, they are still a small and tightly managed business and this is reflected in the way the company feels when you deal with them. Clients always say the same.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Paris in France.
“I was attracted to Appleton Greene’s impressive client list and the client testimonials gave me a good feel for how the company operates. The cost was small and the processes were well conceived. It has been a very rewarding experience for me and I have achieved financial independence as a result of the business that I have received through Appleton Greene. It has allowed me to spread my wings and to work in industries and locations that were new to me. I have learned so much and have really enjoyed my work. The staff are very helpful and always respond within given time frames. I always feel that I am moving forward and making progress one step at a time.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Lyon in France.
“A very good company to deal with. Appleton engages clients through their learning providers and uses an indirect approach to business development, which clients seem to appreciate. It is a very low key sales process. Client retention rates are really good, the standard contract period with all consulting services is 1 year but I have retained my clients for up to 4 years on average and longer in some cases. I translate my services so that they are available in English, German and French, but I am still campaigning for a German Appleton web site! Everything is regularly updated, though so I always feel fresh when I am providing services to clients and the support has always been good. “
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Berlin in Germany.
“I wanted to start a consultancy servicing the Automotive industry and when I was looking into Appleton Greene & Co they were already servicing most if not all of the clients that I wanted to target myself, so they appeared to be well placed to be able to help me. Once I had designed my Product Innovation consulting service it was forwarded out to clients within the Automotive industry and the response was positive and immediate. I started working on projects with other consultants and learning providers within my second month and things have progressed nicely from there. I am still only in my second year with Appleton Greene but I have already achieved all of my personal targets. Apart from working directly with manufacturers, I am also working with some suppliers and even a Formula 1 racing team! I am not a sales person and just want to focus my attention on consulting, so an affiliation with Appleton Greene is the perfect business partnership for me.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Munich in Germany.
“Most of my work evolves around the public sector, including the European Commission, various Governments and the World Economic Forum. My service is Policy Development and I therefore have a very specific specialist subject and target market. Much of my work comes from introduction from my current clients, but like everyone I still need to develop new business from time to time. Appleton Greene was an obvious choice for me because they too focus on specialists rather than generalists and were already doing business within my market space. There was also a strong emphasis on consulting service profiling, which I felt comfortable with. All of my new business now comes through Appleton Greene. I particularly like the way Appleton Greene provides clients with optional service entry levels. This encourages them to start at a level where they feel comfortable, the Bronze service for example and then they can upgrade to the Silver, Gold, or Platinum services when they are ready to do so and this allows them time to get used to working with me and provides me with the opportunity to show them what I can do.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Brussels in Belgium.
“I always liked Appleton Greene consultants when working with them at my Employer’s company. They were always relaxed, well prepared and really seemed to enjoy what they did. I suffered with a personal accident, which meant that I could no longer travel to work and had to look for opportunities to work from home. I knew that Appleton Greene had consultants who attended the client’s premises and consultants who also worked from home, so I contacted them to see what my options were. They were very supportive with me and allowed me to be considered for any opportunities where I could work from home, given my disability. Appleton Greene empowered me to regain my personal pride and self-respect and to earn a comfortable living for me and my family again. I work within the financial service industry and have been involved in a variety of different performance improvement services over the years. If you are looking for a good business partner with strong ethics and a warm heart, then I would certainly recommend Appleton Greene.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Madrid in Spain.
“As a woman in consulting, it is not always easy to be noticed for the right reasons. As with any professional, I want to be recognized for my ability as a consultant and for my achievements. The wonderful thing about Appleton Greene is that they market services, not individual consultants. Detailed outline plans of all services are provided to clients and four optional service entry application forms, so in most cases clients will already have made their decision about your service, even before they know who you are. This ensures that all consultants are operating on a level playing field, regardless of sex, ethnic origin, or physical appearance. As consultants, our services succeed or fail based on their own merits, which is how it should be and Appleton Greene is the only company that I am aware of that does this. Appleton Greene has therefore opened doors to me that would never otherwise have been available to me and I have established a professional reputation based upon my ability and achievements, not just in Spain, but throughout Europe as a whole.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Barcelona in Spain.
“It is said that if you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain here in Rome, then it is ensured that you will return to Rome someday. I believe the same to be true of Appleton Greene. I have paid their annual membership fee for the past 6 years consistently and I have always achieved consultancy assignments every year in return. However, whereas the Trevi Fountain theory is based entirely upon myth, the success that I have achieved with Appleton Greene has been based upon something far more logical. They employ the services of some 750 learning providers internationally who each service a minimum of 10 clients, so 7,500 in total. All of the training programs they implement are process-orientated, which means that projects are generated by learning providers as the programs that are being implemented with clients. These projects are outsourced by learning providers to Appleton Greene Accredited Consultants to ensure continuity. There are only around 500 Accredited Consultants worldwide and demand therefore probably outstrips supply. If you quickly do the math here you will see why. I personally receive at least one service order every month. So, while the reasons for my success at Appleton Greene are perfectly logical to understand, it still feels magical to me.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Rome in Italy.
“I am a firm believer in the fact that people drive processes, but that processes motivate people. History has taught us that if people are provided with good leadership and a good process to follow, then they will feel a sense of purpose and belief. I have always felt that I have been following a process at Appleton Greene. Not only are their processes well planned, but they are well executed and regularly updated. After 4 years I still feel that I am on the next part of a predetermined journey. Of course my service and consulting practice has very much evolved during that time, but my membership with Appleton Greene has kept me on track and moving forward. I like structure and respond well to detailed preparation. It helps me to avoid having to think on my feet and to have to try and make things up as I go along. It makes for a far more enjoyable and more relaxed consulting experience for both me and my clients. We all need things that are reliable in our lives and particularly in business. Appleton Greene has been mine.
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Milan in Italy.
“Vienna is a vibrant city with a tremendous historical culture spanning centuries. I have lived here for 5 years and registered as a consultant with Appleton Greene & Co shortly after my arrival with my partner. I wanted to immerse myself within the local community here but I felt that I needed an international organization to help provide me with work. At first all of my Appleton Greene consultancy service orders were for work that was to be done online, which suited me fine because it was generating a much needed income. However I continuously stressed my desire to work for companies or local offices that were located in Vienna and after about a year I started to receive some. I now work with about 8 companies continuously that have offices here in Vienna and still do some international online work as well. Appleton Greene’s approach to global localization has really helped me to achieve my goals and I have conquered both the local language and the cultural differences here. It has been a life changing experience for me to be able to live and work in a different country and one that I will cherish for ever.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Vienna in Austria.
“I live in Salzburg, but do most of my work over the border in Munich. I have been an Appleton Greene Accredited Executive Consultant for 6 years now and have worked within the Automotive, Aviation and Electronics industries during that time. I have a healthy balance of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum clients and my income is consistent. It has provided me with a healthy work-life balance and I work on average 4 days each week. I am not a particularly ambitions person and prefer to work to live and working with Appleton Greene provides me with the opportunity to do this. I have a wife and young family and it is important that I spend as much time with them as possible. With Appleton Greene, approximately 50% of my work is done at home, so I am only away from my family for 2 days per week. This I am comfortable with and I intend to continue with Appleton Greene as long as it is possible for me to do so.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Salzburg in Austria.
“Appleton Greene has been one of my better decisions. I started with them when I had just left my employment as a Banker and was looking for something different. My position as a Small Business Bank Manager gave me plenty of experience and understanding about the challenges facing small businesses and I wanted to put that experience to good use. I found Appleton Greene by accident and quickly realized that I needed to develop my skills and experience into a tangible service offering. This gave me great confidence that I had something of value to offer and Appleton Greene provided me with the companies to work with through their learning providers. Most of my work has been local or certainly within Scandinavia although I have had the occasional client in London and even one in New York, which was a bit of an adventure for me.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Stockholm in Sweden.
“I joined Appleton Greene with a colleague who was located in Brussels. We have worked very much as a team and we are both now Accredited Executive Consultants at Appleton Greene. Our focus is Lean Management and we specialize in Manufacturing and Logistics. Our clients at Appleton Greene have always been medium-sized international corporations, which matches our experience and our association with Appleton Greene has provided us with a joint client portfolio of 18 companies. We are comfortable outsourcing business development because it is not one of our strengths. We prefer to focus all of our time on consulting and Appleton Greene has empowered us to do this. The support that we receive is very important and we always feel part of an international team. We have access to support, human resources and advice whenever we need them. “
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Oslo in Norway.
“Applying for a position as an Accredited Associate Consultant was an easy decision for me to make. I had just left university with a business and economics degree and all of the jobs that I was being offered were not relevant to my skills. I did not want to start developing a CV which created the wrong impression about me. I wanted to be perceived as a professional consultant and Appleton Greene gave me the opportunity to do that. It was a slow start for me because I took longer than I should have done developing all of the required content and I was learning after all, but within a year I had established a respectable client list and was able to build from there. I was so lucky to come across Appleton Greene when I did. The cost of annual membership was something that I could pay without having to worry about it and all of the other costs (service and introduction fees) were deducted from my income at source, so it was very easy to manage. The Appleton Greene annual service fee is the only invoice that I pay with a smile on my face. A very good return on investment. “
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Copenhagen in Denmark.
“I was pleasantly surprised by Appleton Greene & Co. I was guided through a process which brought the best out in me over a sustainable period of time. I was able to develop a professional client information guide, which acts as a brochure and client companies are able to place service orders with you directly from this online information guide. While developing this it opened my eyes to just what I was able to achieve personally. Coming from a corporate background I just wanted some independence and the opportunity to earn a better income. The service fees that Appleton Greene charges clients seemed very reasonable to me and as a practicing CEO, I could understand why companies would buy these services. I have worked with Appleton Greene for just under 10 years now and have no complaints. They have always been there for me and I would not have established a successful consultancy without them.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Helsinki in Finland.
“Thanks to Appleton Greene and in particular to Elizabeth Johnson, I have a viable consulting practice. I have never met Elizabeth, although I feel that I know her personally. She has been directly facilitating my whole Appleton Greene experience for me and while I am fully aware that there is hard work being done by many other able and willing support staff, Elizabeth has always been the enduring face of Appleton Greene for me. I thoroughly enjoy the work that I do with Appleton Greene and always feel as if I am part of the team. I have always received a steady flow of assignments and this has led me to travel extensively throughout Europe and beyond. A big thank you to everyone concerned.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
“Business is often unpredictable and unstable here in Russia, but we still have plenty of international companies to work with and Appleton Greene has provided me with open doors to work for some of them. It has been a lifeline for me personally and has provided me with much needed security during difficult economic times. Appleton Greene has also provided me with an international perspective, or frame of mind, which I believe is important for all people to have, regardless of the country they might live in. My relationship with Appleton Greene helps me to break down borders and barriers to success and ensures that I never feel isolated. I now have a significant client list of my own and have learned a lot from all of the companies, consultants and learning providers that I have worked with here.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Moscow in Russia.
“Kiev has a rich culture which not many people realize and we also have many international companies that have offices or branches here. I have enjoyed working for many of these companies through Appleton Greene and am blessed with having this good experience. Appleton Greene trades internationally but operates locally through its consultants and learning providers and this provides companies with a coherent business strategy. I prefer long-term consultancy engagements and Appleton Greene’s contractual agreements with clients are for a minimum period of one year, which provides consultants with plenty of time to establish a mutually beneficial working relationship with companies. I never feel isolated and have developed many good working relationships with colleagues and friends.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Kiev in Ukraine.
“I worked for a well known professional offshore service provider here in Jersey for many years as a lawyer and set up a family and home here. When I left my employer I wanted to remain here while doing something different. I felt like a new challenge but had no desire to travel or commute. I had no fixed idea about what I was going to do, but when I was invited to apply to Appleton Greene as an Accredited Consultant I started to form some ideas. The cost and risk was negligible and I thought that at the very least it would be a useful learning experience. The process of developing the client information guide was extremely challenging but left me with a clear idea of what I could do. I developed a suite of corporate legal services which enabled clients to be more proactive about avoiding legislation. These services included contract management, employee relations, business development practice, health and safety and corporate structure. All of the client engagements that I received specifically related to these areas and much if not all of the work I was able to do from home, so I was very satisfied. The ongoing service and support that I continue to receive from Appleton Greene is of a very high standard.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Jersey in the Channel Islands.
Monte Carlo MC
“I am an offshore corporate specialist, hence the reason why I base myself in Monaco. No I have not personally amassed millions of dollars, which needs to be protected from the tax man. I am actually resident just outside Monaco in France, but my own consulting company is registered here. I moved here after establishing a considerable client base with Appleton Greene, which afforded me the opportunity to broaden my horizons considerably. It has helped me being based in Monaco because many of my service orders that have been placed with Appleton Greene have come as a direct result of my unique location, which understandably attracts interest from a variety of different corporations wanting to reduce their corporation and tax liabilities. The fact that Appleton Greene has consultants in other offshore jurisdictions, such as Geneva, Zurich, Jersey, Luxembourg, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, helps because we have been able to operate as a team and draw upon specific local knowledge as and when required, while still benefiting from an established global brand.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Monte Carlo in Monaco.
Luxembourg City LU
“I joined Appleton Greene to explore any possible consulting opportunities that might be available to me. I am an offshore tax specialist, but I also provide services relating to corporate planning, corporate restructuring, globalization, business partnering and investment planning, so I tend to have a variety of consultancy clients with requirements across all of these service categories. Luxembourg is a very small country but it is at located at the heart of Europe and was one of the founding members of the EU. I am also the only Appleton Greene consultant in Luxembourg so my position here has generated much interest and many opportunities through Appleton Greene. I enjoy my work and it is important for me to feel part of a global team, which I always have at Appleton Greene. Appleton Greene is not prone to the usual political struggles which can hamper the larger consultancy firms and it has always remained true to its roots. A very personal and friendly company to deal with.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Luxembourg City in Luxembourg.
“I worked with Accenture for several years and really enjoyed the work. I learned how to implement their standard procedures and processes and learned how to interface with clients. It was good experience. However, I felt that I wanted to take things to the next level, to develop a service proposition of my own and to enhance my personal wealth opportunities. I was always going to be on a basic wage with Accenture and there were no opportunities for self-development. Appleton Greene gave me the opportunity to achieve my goals. I was initially attracted to them because they were first and foremost a corporate training company, rather than a consultancy and training was always at the core of the way that I wanted to implement my services. Their procedures for consulting service development are really good and I found the entire process logical and the support and feedback that I received was really helpful. They are also proactive about achieving new business and this has helped me to establish a viable company that I am proud of.”
A quotation taken from an Accredited Associate, Executive, or Senior Consultant, located in Warsaw in Poland.
“Greece has been going through a very challenging time during the past 10 years and it has become difficult for me to generate new consulting business. I did not want to relocate if at all possible because I wanted to be close to my family, but I felt I was going to have to look outside of our national borders if I was going to be able to develop new business. I am a very capable Project Manager, but sales and marketing are not areas in which I excel and I also feel uncomfortable selling myself. I am an introvert by nature. So, I needed to identify a business partner that could help to compensate for these shortcomings. Most of the companies that I reviewed were small consultancy companies that allowed you to register with them, but I could not understand how I was going to achieve business. I also looked at joining some associations but while they provided regulation and basic training, once again they did nothing to help you achieve business. Appleton Greene stood out as being very different to me. The cost of trying them out was small, they did not require any major investment and their business development process was very clearly defined and easy for me to understand. I liked the fact that they were trading internationally and the fact that they were a commercial training company rather than another consultancy register. It has enabled me to work mostly from home with established international companies, without having to relocate and I am always directly responsible to Learning Providers and have gained great experience from this. It has given me a new purpose in life and I have grown in confidence that I still have plenty to offer clients.”