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How To Start An HR Consulting Business – 6 Steps To Successfully Launch Your New Independent HR Consultancy

Wondering how to start an HR consulting business?

Yes, there’s a lot to consider after the global pandemic but there’s a lot to be optimistic about too.

Even with the rise of HR Tech, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, there is still a huge market for new start-up HR consultancies to help employers get the best out of their workforce.

There is plenty of potential business out there in all aspects of HR consulting, including generalist HR consulting, recruitment & selection, employee engagement, training, learning & development, employment law, and so on.

Below are 6 steps to guide you as you think about how to start your own Human Resources consulting business.


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Chandré Grobler On Growing HumanSource (HR For Faith-Based Organisations)

I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Chandré Grobler, CEO&Director of HumanSource, an HR Consultancy focused on helping faith-based organisations develop their talented people.

After working in HR for more than 15 years and gaining experience from various sectors, Chandré developed a passion for religious organisations.

Chandré Grobler

As an active participant in the Christian community, and having worked for a Christian charity, Chandré is able to bring a true insider’s perspective to the unique challenges that surround religious organisations as an employer.

HumanSource was born from a desire to redefine how people think about HR in the charity sector by combining creative ideas with HR compliance.

In a wide-ranging discussion, Chandré and I talked about:

  • Chandré’s background and her work experience in various business sectors.
  • How HumanSource was born from a desire to redefine how people think about HR in the charity sector by combining creative ideas with HR compliance.
  • The services provided by HumanSource.
  • How HumanSource is planning to expand and win new clients.
  • And much more.
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Hans Donckers – CEO of JiGSO Listen

I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Hans Donckers, CEO of JiGSO Listen, a team learning platform that helps companies improve team performance by giving them real insights and instantly-tailored action plans.

Hans Donckers

Hans is co-founder of JiGSO, an AI-powered people analytics solution, and also co-founder of Beanmachine, a consultancy firm in the domains of Organizational Development and HR. Before becoming a consultant and entrepreneur he was a doctoral researcher in philosophy and ethics. He is based in Belgium but serves customers all over the globe.

JiGSO helps HR and business leaders make better decisions, based on data-driven insights and on the expertise of its multidisciplinary team of HR experts, mathematicians, business analysts, and data scientists.

In a wide-ranging discussion, Hans and I talked about:

  • The big HR issues that companies are trying to fix now.
  • Why organisations don’t focus on the team level as much as they focus on the individual employee level.
  • Team learning vs. individual learning.
  • How JiGSO Listen is using data science and empirical evidence to increase team performance.
  • Why companies should prioritise the improvement of team performance.
  • Jigso Listen’s cool free resources on topics such as Failure Reviews, Diversity & Inclusion, and more.
  • And much more.
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Matt Burns – Founder & CEO of BentoHR

I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Matt Burns, Founder & CEO of BentoHR, a digital transformation consultancy working at the intersection of strategy, technology, and people operations to accelerate value creation.

Matt Burns

Matt is an entrepreneur, consultant, ex-exec, speaker & podcaster. As the Founder & CEO of BentoHR, Matt leads a digital transformation consultancy that combines expertise in business strategy, technology, operations & human capital.

BentoHR works with organizations, private equity & venture capital firms to identify & action their highest leverage initiatives. BentoHR’s expertise is in strategic planning & alignment, technology architecture & procurement, systems implementation & integration, organizational design, process reengineering, change management, data aggregation & analysis.

Before Bento, Matt led a talented team recognized for the “Most Innovative Use of HR Technology” (2017). A year later, it was named the Canadian HR Team of the Year.

As one of the Founding Organizers of the Global HR Summit – the world’s first enterprise conference presented in virtual reality – Matt had the privilege of showcasing the latest immersive workplace technologies.

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Tim Sackett – HR/Talent Tech Analyst, Influencer, Advisor and Disrupt HR London Co-Host

I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Tim Sackett, a highly influential HR/Talent Tech CEO, analyst, advisor, and Disrupt HR London co-host. from HRU Technical Resources.

Tim Sackett

Check out Disrupt HR London on Wednesday 6 July 2022.

Disrupt HR is an information exchange designed to energize, inform and empower people in the HR field.

Once in a while an event series is born that shakes things up, it makes you think differently, it leaves you inspired. That event is DisruptHR: 14 speakers, 5 minutes each, and slides rotate every 15 seconds.

If you’re an HR professional, a CEO, a technologist, a community leader – and you’ve got something to say about talent, culture or technology – Disrupt is the place. It’s coming soon to a city near you.

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Ralf Specht – Business Leader, Speaker, Founder of Building Corporate Soul

I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Ralf Specht from Building Corporate Soul.

Ralf Specht

Ralf is a business leader, speaker, and creator of the Soul System™, a framework that aligns value-creating employee action with broader corporate strategy through shared understanding & shared purpose.

As a founding partner of Spark44, he was the architect of an innovative, industry-first joint-venture with Jaguar Land Rover, which grew under his leadership to global revenue of $100+m and 1,200 employees before it joined forces with Accenture Interactive in 2021.

Previously, he consulted with global companies and brands for more than two decades with McCann Erickson.

He is the author of Building Corporate Soul: Powering Culture & Success with the Soul System™, as well as his newest book, Beyond the Startup: Sparking Operational Innovations for Global Growth. His driving vision is to make soulless companies a thing of the past.

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Devyani Vaishampayan – CEO of The HR TECH Partnership

I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Devyani Vaishampayan – CEO of The HR TECH Partnership.

Devyani Vaishampayan

The HR Tech Partnership is an innovation specialist in the ‘People Digital Tech start-up’ area. It was set up in London in 2017 and has since been active in supporting corporates through the use of digital HR solutions.

The HR Tech Partnership supports corporates with their digital innovation journeys around Talent and Workplace Productivity by helping them pilot AI & Digital solutions.

Devyani was featured in the 2021 ‘100 Digital Influencers around the Future of Work’, 2020 Asian Women of Achievement – Digital & Technology shortlist, 2017 Financial Times “Ethnic Minority Leaders List “and the 2016 , “FTSE 100 ‘Women to Watch “list by Cranfield Business School.

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Chen Geffen Shalev – CommReady (Conversation Preparation Chatbot)

I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Chen Geffen Shalev, Founder of the CommReady app.

Chen Geffen Shalev

CommReady is an interactive and confidential conversation prep tool.

CommReady combines theories of negotiation and mediation with elements of the “Atlas of Emotions” methodology. CommReady app is an on-hand companion which helps remove the noise from a distressing situation.

Chen’s professional background is in biotechnology engineering, but a Negotiation and Dispute Resolution course from Harvard Law School gave her the idea to create CommReady and turned her into an entrepreneur.

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UK HR Tech Software Company (myhrtoolkit) On Partnering with HR Consultants

I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Hannah Wheater, Social Media and Digital Marketing Executive at myhrtoolkit HR software.

Hannah Wheater

myhrtoolkit is an HR software designed for small-medium businesses in the UK and Europe.

myhrtoolkit makes it easier for SMEs to manage staff admin and legal compliance with highly secure HR software.

Certified with the international data security standard ISO 27001 and rated as excellent on Trustpilot, myhrtoolkit is chosen by more than 1,250 SMEs and used by over 60,000 employees within the UK and Ireland.

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Tim Reitsma From People Managing People On Building A Better World Of Work

I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Tim Reitsma, General Manager of People Managing People.

Tim Reitsma
Tim Reitsma

People Managing People is an online publication focused on building a better world of work.

Tim has vast experience in people & culture, leadership, business strategy, and operations with a focus on building great teams who are excited about their craft and their organization.

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Helping Organisations Connect Their People – With Jeppe Hansgaard (CEO & Founder of Innovisor)

I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Jeppe Hansgaard, CEO & Founder of Innovisor.

Jeppe Hansgaard

Innovisor is a boutique advisory firm in Organizational Network Analysis. Their hard-core people data, algorithms, and predictive intelligence help leaders prioritize and accelerate commitment to their change initiatives. ​

Their clients are top global brands, but also companies with less than 50 employees who aim to transform successfully. Clients include BP, Novo Nordisk, Roche, Caterpillar, Chevron, LEGO, SKY, and many others.

Jeppe has worked in more than 25 countries on four continents. He holds an MBA degree from Henley Business School and a Certificate in Strategic Decision & Risk Management from the Stanford School of Professional Development.

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How To Scale Your HR Tech Without Wasting Cash – with Anthony Nitsos of SaaS Gurus

I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Anthony Nitsos, Founder and Lead Guru at SaaS Gurus.

Anthony Nitsos

SaaS Gurus helps SaaS CEOs and Founders by giving them advanced Finance and Stakeholder Ecosystems to get “the numbers” easily, enable rapid growth, and while saving cash.

Anthony brings a unique mix of medical school training, Six Sigma Black Belt process expertise, and the financial skills of a CFO with two unicorn exits and numerous other start-ups to his credit to provide the world’s most sought-after resource for B2B SaaS company financial strategy and operations.

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How I Got Thousands Of Awesome Email Subscribers (10 Methods) And How You Can Apply This To Your Business

I love my email mailing list. It has thousands of subscribers real people from HR-related businesses around the world who are:

  1. Interested in the topic of growing a business in the HR sector.
  2. Keen to learn.
  3. Intelligent, friendly, awesome people.

It may sound trite but every single day I love hearing back from these wonderful people as they:

  • Share stories
  • Ask for advice
  • Thank me for sharing resources
  • Refer potential new clients to me
  • Invite me to speak on podcasts and panel discussions
  • Join my online training courses
  • Work with my via my HR business marketing services
  • And much more.

In this episode of the A Better HR Business podcast, I share how (and why) I’ve managed to build up an email mailing list of thousands of people in the HR-related business sector. 

I’ll share ten different methods that have helped me build up this list – you’ll be able to adopt many of them for your own business.

I’ll also explain why it’s such an important business asset to build up over time.

It could help you grow your HR-related business easier and faster so I’d suggest having a quick listen now . . .

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