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Who do small businesses turn to for consulting needs? Got a family member with a business between $1M -$10M in revenue that needs some organizational development consulting and don’t know where to start.

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They turn to you, congrats you found your new niche business




Small, local, typically 1-2 man consulting shops


Check out graduate programs at local colleges/universities as well. Many of these students (and the professors) run independent consulting shops


Try Upwork or one of those gig apps

I’m interested in starting my own consultancy (coincidentally organized to serve small businesses with data, AI/ML, and business intelligence) and am following the thread as well. How do I best find clients, and communicate the services I have to offer?

Other than fishbowl, where are these businesses turning to find someone like me? It seems like we’re on two sides of the glass trying to find each other.

Friends, that's who. Because there isn't a shop out there that they can justify the expense to hire. Or in this case, your friends. Clearly not for full engagements, but for a discussion here and there on a specific topic. Because anything more than that is what the business owner should be doing themselves

Small business consulting doesn’t make sense as a service offering. Margins are too thin, and market forces often lead to ballooned rates.

There are many non-profits and government agencies that offer these services. With a revenue that big, they would be prioritized and should start there.

I have just the right person for you. Let me know if that is of any interest.
Mail: kevin@skandarioon.com

I think the closest solution would be a few meetings with an industry expert. Family member would still do the leg work but they can bounce questions off someone with experience or do a sanity check.

🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️ me everyday when I see new client

Interested to know how many people who responded with their opinion have/have run their own business…. A 1m dollar business is very different than a 10 m dollar business. Universities while they have programs it needs to coincide with the semester and the capacity of that program. Non profits typically have criteria and limitations. Not all are free. A lot have started just offering referring to a group of consultants. You may be able to apply for a gov grant to assist with some of these costs such as hiring a student to help you do the heavy lifting. A coach/consultant could help you determine how to align your team based on your goals and then it would be up to you execute. An investment In my opinion, that is worth it. They’ll ask the right questions. Right now the way you’ve phrased your question is like saying… I know someone who has a business and they want to grow… ok.. how fast? How bad do they want that? What are they willing to spend? What are they willing to sacrifice? Etc. A coach/consultant can help you ask the right questions and come up with the best strategy. A good coach/consultant should offer different price points/options to accomplishing your goals.

As far as where to find them. Go to a networking event. Ask your local chamber. Google search. Some of them are paying for ads and should show up. Search on LinkedIn. :) good luck!

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