You want to sell widgets to Eskimos. Great. The problem is even experienced entrepreneurs often struggle to find the exact product or offering to go to market. Helping you understand your potential customers, the best and minimum product offering, and many other factors is a very large part of what I do for my clients. I’ll ask a lot of questions, and we’ll really get down to the heart of your new business.
So, You Have An Idea.
Now What Are you Going To Do?
Even if you are a seasoned pro with decades of experience in field of your new business, you don't know it all, you can't do it all, and the complexity of it all will give you blinders. Hiring an experienced business consultant can help you get clarity, move faster, and take the pressure off.
Services For SMB's & Startups
Business and Revenue modeling can be one of the most challenging tasks for many startups; it’s one thing to have a product, it’s quite another to price it and build a business around it. Together we can build a model that works to get you off the ground and that you can grow.
Business Plans & Presentations
Everyone says you need a business plan, and you do. But you should never, ever, leave the business plan to someone else. I will work with you to make a great plan, but you must be a part of the process. What we create together will depend a lot on your needs; it is just for you or do you want to raise funding? And yes, I do pitch decks. But a pitch deck isn’t you plan. It’s a highly specialized tool that you create after the business plan is ready.
Marketing & Planning
Need a go to market strategy? From reaching a few people in your town to figuring out how to create the latest internet sensation, marketing is going to get you there.
Ready to build a brand? I have a special partnership with The California Office.
Have you thought about how the business works on a day to day basis? Is it better to hire or do it yourself? Who’s in charge of manufacturing, service quality, fulfillment, customer service, and sales? Let me help.
6 Quick Tips For Startups and Small Businesses.
Marketing Costs Money
“Plan on spending 10% or more on Marketing. Really. This is one of the top mistakes new businesses make - they don't understand Marketing and don't budget on how to get the word out. The percentage will drop over time, but cut this number now at your own peril.”
Branding Is Critical
“In today's consumer-driven economy every company needs a brand that stands out. Brand your company to get attention and be the personality you want it to be.”
Don’t Trust Your Friends
“I love my friends and family, and in the early stages of starting a business, they can be great for getting a gut check. But the truth is they'll tell you everything is great and gloss-over complex problems simply because they love you.”
Ask For Money
“There might not be anything more difficult for the average person than to ask for money. But asking for money for a business is not the same as asking for yourself. Be professional, have answers for every possible question, and start asking everyone even if you don't need it now. Eventually, you will.”
Kill The Competition
“Whether your idea will create the next unicorn or you are just building a solid local business, you will have some type of competition. Do not ever let them get a sale you could have worked just a little harder to get.”
Crush The Numbers
“By 'crush', I mean you need to own them. They are not as hard as you think (I can help), and knowing them inside and out will help you in so many ways I cannot even begin to list the outcomes.”
How Much Does It Cost?
A Great Consultant Costs Less Than DIY.
- You’ll get to market sooner, and start making money sooner.
- You’ll waste less time chasing bad ideas.
- You’ll spend less money on useless expenses.
- You’ll learn faster instead of endlessly reading every blog on the planet.
- Your numbers, business plan, and pitch deck will be better.
- You’ll take out a lot of the guesswork.
- You can fire me any time. You can’t fire yourself.
My prices are typical for the industry, can easily be cancelled or put on hold at any time, and can be billed as a simple monthly retainer. Every company has different consulting needs and there are simply too many variables to blindly list prices.
No Hard Sell
Think You’re Ready?
Let’s Talk Ideas
I love to talk to business owners. And talking is the only way we'll get to know if we're a good fit for each other. If you're local, we can meet for coffee. If not, let's jump on a call or a video call. Once I understand a little about who you are and your idea, then we can figure out how we can work together.
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