How to Become a Paid Consultant

Course & Community

A course to help moms like you start a consulting practice, as an alternative to the traditional 9 – 5 grind, in order to increase income and the time flexibility you need to be available for your family and the things in your life that matter most.

When I made the very scary decision to pivot and leave the law firm I was working for to be an entrepreneur, Dawn’s advice guiding me along the way helped me become both self-employed and confident in the services that I offer. 

Jhonna T

What if you could:

  • Create a part-time work schedule but get paid full-time income?
  • Lucratively leverage your education and professional experience as a self-employed Subject Matter Expert and consultant?
  • Understand how to re-enter the workforce without committing to a 9 to 5 corporate schedule?
  • Work from home and be available to your family without feeling overcommitted and rest, and play when you want to?

Would you do it or would you continue to:

  • Crave the income you used to make before coming home to raise your family?
  • Search for another job to address an income gap you’re experiencing?
  • Feel like your expertise and education are being “wasted” while you stay home?
  • Abandon your desires around your dreams for your children like homeschooling or an increased involvement in their lives?
  • Feel lost regarding how to prepare for your retirement?

Thankfully, you don't have to go on this way.

Inside the How to Become a Paid Consultant Course & Community, you will:

  • Understand how full-time income can be achieved while working you’re own curated part-time schedule
  • Learn the various State and Federal Government-targeted programs that desire to work with women-owned businesses
  • Realize how partnering with other women is the best way to build capacity in your business
  • Discover how completely investing in your family for a season, and then returning to work outside the home doesn’t mean you have to start from ground zero 
  • Leverage the fallout of the pandemic for what’s now possible in terms of virtual work

Here's What You Will Receive:

How to Become a Paid Consultant Course & Community

  • Weekly Virtual Training Sessions
  • Weekly Community Co-Working Sessions
  • Weekly Office Hours
  • Monthly Accelerator Webinars and Trainings for 1 year

Business Templates you will receive:

  • Lean Business Canvas
  • Consulting Agreement
  • Subcontracting Agreements
  • Statement of Work (SOW)
  • Capability Statement
  • Client Status Reports

As a Trusted AdviseHER, I believe women can work together to create powerful and profitable businesses without hustling and grinding, which is why the How to Become a Paid Consultant Course & Community was created just for you.

Dawn gets it! After 23 years as a stay-at-home mom, I was at a loss as to what I wanted to or could do professionally once my kids were grown. Dawn helped me understand how I could use my expertise to build my consulting firm. Working with her was exactly the boost of confidence I needed!

Nicole KG,

Education and Homeschool Consultant

I have worked with Dawn Covin for a few years now, and her support, clear direction and vision for my success has elevated my business as well as my personal development.

April J

Integral Coach, Pittsburgh, PA

Meet Dawn.

Dawn Davenport Covin is an MBA graduate and Project Management Professional (PMP), wife and homeschooling mom of 4. In the midst of the financially changes of living on one income, she was determined to find a way to leverage her education and experience to start her own business to maximize flexibility and income, so that she could live in a way that honored her values and priorities. It would take several years of independent contracting, certification achievement (PMP), failed business ideas, and part-time work  before she would finally secure a 5-figure, local government contract, provide  fractional COO (Chief Operations Officer) services to small businesses and community organizations, facilitate training sessions for non-profits and direct project management for health care organizations as a business owner. 

Now through Trusted AdviseHER, Dawn provides start-up assistance and contracting support to women with more than 10 years of professional experience and or an advanced degree who have stepped away from their careers to devote more time to family. Although her experience was long and arduous, it doesn‘t have to be for the next woman, and with the How to Become A Paid Consultant Course & Community it will not be.

Here's What You'll Learn With Me


  • Obtain EIN
  • Register Business in State
  • Apply for a Business license  (if applicable).
  • Identify and apply for relevant certifications (minority owned, women-owned, veteran…)
  • SAM (System of Award Management) Registration
  • Obtain General Liability Insurance
  • Define Consulting Offer(s)
  • Create a 1-page Capability Statement for securing government contracts.

Introduction to Government and B2B Consulting

Marketing Your Practice

  • Packaging Consulting Services and Offerings with Pricing
  • Create a Professional Email Address for Business Correspondence 
  • Create a Professional Consulting Agreement/Statement of Work (SOW)
  • Create a Past Performance List
  • Identify Government Agencies and Businesses That Use Your Service
  • One-Page Website Setup
  • Collaboration and Partnerships
  • Health, Wellness, and Habits
  • SBA Certifications
  • Business Structures
  • Planning and Productivity
  • Bookkeeping and Accounting
  • Backoffice Basics
  • Relationship building with government agencies
  • LinkedIn 101
  • Working Capital – How to Leverage it to Scale Your Business
  • Business Strategy Design
  • Full Focus Planner
  • Trusted Adviser Book
  • 15-Minute Information Call with a Bookkeeper

Investment Details

Who Is This Perfect For?

This course is perfect for you if you have:

  • A professional background or degree.
  • A desire to have an integrated lifestyle that allows you to work in a way that is fulfilling without sacrificing your availability to your family.
  • A need for your income to be a bridge between your partner’s income and the extras your children or life needs.


Q: Do I have to be a mom to enroll?

A: The course and community is open to anyone who has a desire to start their own consulting practice with a professional services offering.

Q: Is the course delivered live or on demand?

A: All lessons are delivered live and will also be recorded.

Q: How much time will be required to complete the course?

A: In order to maximize your potential for success, at least 5 hours/week will be needed to focus on the business development of your consulting practice.

Q: Is the government consulting lessons in the course only applicable to a specific geographic area?

A: The content of the course is not limited to any specific geographic area, but is specific to the United States. Your business can be located anywhere in America.

Dawn’s initiative will undoubtedly have a significant positive impact on the businesses she assists, much like she did for ours. I strongly believe that her work will empower small, minority businesses, enabling them to overcome challenges, thrive, and contribute significantly to the local economy.

Sagdrina J.

Founder and CEO of SageD Consulting

I have great respect for Dawn Davenport Covin as an individual and as a professional and am confident that she and her company will continue to demonstrate positive performance in providing critical support for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Ruth P.

CEO of Summit Health Institute of Research and Education

Dawn has a strong, proven approach for moms with professional backgrounds to land government and private contracts that offer full-time pay while enjoying part-time work hours – which is exactly what many work-from-home moms need to be more available for their children.

Deanna M

Executive Director of Needle Movers for Social Equity, 501c3


After having my first child I took 8 months of maternity leave from work. It was such a peaceful and beautiful time being able to care for and bond with my baby.

During that time, I tried to start my first business, City Service Solutions, so that I would be able to continue to care for my daughter and not have to go back to work.

I had no idea of how to market my business or get clients.

At the end of the 8 months, because of the financial obligations of our household, I had to return to work.

I would spend the next several years trying to figure out how I could work for myself and maximize my earning potential while still homeschooling my children and prioritizing other important things in my life.

When I focused on learning the essential aspects of starting a business, I was able to launch my consulting practice and secured $50k within the first six months.

And now I’m able to show other moms like me how to do the same thing in a fraction of the time it took me.

You can turn your corporate expertise into a professional services consulting practice that feels financially rewarding without compromising the time you desire to spend with the relationships that are important to you.

Schedule a call with me and learn how the How to Become a Paid Consultant Course & Community is right for you.