The Business of Being an eLearning Consultant

February 2, 2022
4 minutes
Kevin Thorn joins #IDIODC Feb 2

Most new small businesses fail. You've heard that, right? It seems even more common within our industry. But don't let it scare you. Some succeed where most fail.  

One of our industry success stories is Kevin Thorn. He’s joined us for several Drink'n'Draw episodes over the years. But in this episode, The Chief Nuggethead of Nuggethead Studioz helps YOU start your eLearning consulting business.

Kevin sketchnoted some of the pitfalls of starting your own business and pointed out some simple budgeting ideas that will save you from learning lessons the hard way.

Did you forget to budget for your software? And hardware isn't cheap. Your technology will also fail you at times. Have you budgeted for support, anti-virus, VPN, or off-site backups?

Kevin has made all the mistakes for you. He shared his success stories and secrets with us in this episode.

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About Kevin Thorn

Kevin is an award-winning eLearning designer & developer, consultant, and owner of NuggetHead Studioz, LLC., a boutique custom design and development studio specializing in online learning experiences.

After retiring from the US Army, Kevin pursued a career in corporate IT and Training & Development. With his combined military and industry experience, Kevin started the Studioz in 2012 working with clients in various industries solving problems in a wide-range of creative projects.

Based in the North Mississippi Delta, Kevin, the Chief NuggetHead harnesses a bench a creative practitioners in instructional design, elearning development, illustration and graphic design, animation, and serious comics. Kevin is a well-known industry speaker and trainer on elearning development, design workflows, and is also a certified facilitator in LEGO®Serious Play® methodologies.

Academic stuff: BS in Information Technology Management from Christian Brothers University (2003) and MS in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Memphis (2018).


Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee (Affectionately known as IDIODC) is a weekly live videocast and podcast that helps instructional designers with pain points and provides best practices and industry insight.  

Every Wednesday morning at 10am ET hosts Brent Schlenker and Chris Van Wingerden guide us through an upbeat and candid conversation with their guests from the eLearning and training world. The live cast session encourages peers to participate in the chat and share their own personal insight! After airing live, you can catch the learning podcast on all major streams such as Spotify, Apple, and Google Play podcasts, as well as on YouTube.

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