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COP in Business of 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 module 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 module.

Business of Research

Examination Syllabus

Business of Research for Independent Research Practitioner

  • Business Registration and Corporate Structure Overview – In USA/Canada
  • Business Management Topics
    • First Meeting with the Client (Building Client Relationships)
    • Preparing Business Proposal or Research Proposals
    • Contract Negotiations (Legal Issues and Types of Contracts, Pricing of Projects)
    • Project Management (Costs and Budgets, Billing the Client, Cash-flow Management)
    • Business Human Resource Management & Third-Party Collaborations
  • Execution of Contracts and Delivery of Projects



List - Recommended Software for Research Business

This unit has a large list of software’s that are suggested for running an Independent Research Business – These software’s are listed under the following main headings.

  • MS OFFICE SUITE [Word Editor/Data Tabulation using Excel/Presentations]
  • Mind Mapping Software
  • Link Organization Software
  • File Folders Management Software
  • Email Management Software
  • Content Management Applications
  • Online Collaborative Working Software’s
  • Project Management Software
  • Reference Manager Software for Researchers
  • Accounting and Business Invoicing Programs
  • Payroll Software
  • Database Management Software
  • Asset Management software
  • Desktop publishing programs
  • Enterprise Resource Management (ERP)
  • Customer Relationship Management Software (CRM)


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CIRS Exam Guidance

What will you learn?

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

Understanding Of Running Their Own Business

A research specialist will have a sound understanding of running their own business practice as an Independent Researcher.

Essential Elements Of Business Management
Recommended Software for Research Business

Benefits of AIRS Certification

Our flagship certification called CIRS® [Certified Internet Research Specialists] is by far the only professional credentials that meets this challenge.

Professional Credibility

An undertaking by the CIRS qualified research specialists ties you to abide by the AIRS “Professional Code of Conduct” delivered a level of confidence.

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AIRS Certification is the most important industry-recognized certification for Online Research. Become a CIRS Certified & gain professional recognition necessary to demonstrate your skills.

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