Business of Online Research

Certificate of Proficiency in Business of Research (COP)

The Business of Research is an important module for those Research Professionals that are interested in setting up their independent research services practice as Independent Research Specialists. The main objective of this module is to provide a basic understanding of how to set-up an Independent Research Services Business and how to effectively manage small business operations? The topics are intended to familiarize students with essential elements of business management that provide valuable insight into SMB (Small to Medium Size Business) operational issues, along with the business risks attached and both the advantages and disadvantages of working independently.

This course also includes topics that explain several steps required from the time client research proposal is drafted and later how it gets executed and ultimately delivered to the client. Other aspects of business operations such as Accounting, Billing, Project Pricing and Projects Costing are also included in this course. Read detailed course outline below.

Business of Research Course

Examination Syllabus - Detailed Topics

By earning this certification, you will be able to learn:

    • Internet Researcher Skills
      • Soft Skills
      • Technical Skills
        • Data Collection and Data Management
        • Computer Skills and Working of Search Engine
  • Internet Research and Information Demand
    • Business and Industry Specific Research Reports
      • Information and Data Required - by the Shareholders and Employees
      • Job descriptions and business reports data requirement
      • Business Reports and Information Reporting
        • List of Typical Research and Analysis Reports in Businesses and Industry
          • Business Feasibility
          • Investment Feasibility (Financial Feasibility)
          • Market and Marketing Feasibility
          • Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat (SWOT) Analysis
    • Business Management Reports (Internal Data and External Data)
    • Management Reports used in Businesses – Summary Chart
      • Business Management Reports Categorized
        • Formal or Informal Reports
        • Internal or External Reports
        • Informational or Analytical Reports
    • Popular Research Areas in Businesses
      • Business Competitive Intelligence
      • Company Research
      • Accounting and Financial Research
      • Market and Industry Research
      • Investigative Research
      • Legal Research
      • Technology Research
    • Industry and Businesses Need for Research & Data
  • Research as a Services Business
    • Professional Research Industry
      • Forrester Research
      • IDC Research
      • Northern light
    • Global Outsourcing
  • Large Corporate Enterprise & Small to Medium Size Businesses (SMB’s)
  • Academic Research
    • The Art Disciplines
    • The Science Disciplines
    • The Discipline of Philosophy
    • The Discipline of History
    • The Disciplines of Humanities
  • Scientific Research


Member: 20% off
Non-member: USD $49.95


Exam Guidance

Webinar Available on Demand

Self Study Course

Certificate of Proficiency

Exam Details

30 Q&A

30 Min. Duration

Price $25

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