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Marketing niche counseling service?

Suppose you wanted to market a high-end and unusual, therapy-like (but not therapy), niche consulting/counseling service. How would you get the word out to the existentially dissatisfied on the cheap?
posted by shivohum on Oct 17, 2013 - 1 answer

 

What are the best cities to launch a freelance career (cost of living)?

I currently live in NYC - uber-expensive. I'm planning to quit my job very soon (maybe Monday) and go fulltime with my own consulting business. Its technology related and I've had 2 clients thus far and I have evidence I can charge a sizable hourly rate and there's a market for it, but I haven't had time to really market it and the biggest problem is I am not available to make sales calls during the day. I've had inquires from Fortune 100 companies where I come off totally unprofessional unable to even schedule a call during business hours so I think its time to free up my schedule. [more inside]
posted by daveindc on Jun 28, 2013 - 39 answers

Enough is more than likely enough, right?

I have a client that I essentially inherited from a previous job. I left that place, and they sought me out for my services. My partner and I are now working on two large projects for them, and have agreed to a retainer on a contingency basis. More than you ever wanted to know about some stranger's consulting business inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Sales as a bridge to other careers?

Is a job in sales a good way to jump from academia to the corporate world? [more inside]
posted by MouseOfHouseofAnony on Oct 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for a new name for the company.

Need help naming a small HR development business [more inside]
posted by brappi on Jul 30, 2012 - 5 answers

As a consultant-owner of a new US company, what do I need to know about doing business in Canada?

I just started a new (technology) consulting business. We are incorporated in the US (Inc, not LLC). One of my first clients is located in Canada. You aren't my lawyer. The client wants to start work next week. The engagement will last about a week. What do I need to know (visa?, taxes?) before heading to Canada next Monday? [more inside]
posted by arimathea on Dec 21, 2011 - 9 answers

Need Management Consulting Help

I'm currently a rising senior at Harvard University thinking about applying to management consulting positions among others. I was wondering if the MeFi community had any advice or tips regarding what to do to prepare for the interview and what Management Consulting firms look for in an applicant. Any help or advice would be much appreciated; our career service center simply does not offer enough information. Thanks.
posted by da_wump on Aug 5, 2011 - 8 answers

Business-oriented options for a scientific Ph.D.?

Finishing a Ph.D. in the sciences and want to leave the bench behind for something that’s more “big picture” (i.e. has some elements of business, strategy, or product development). Things are getting a little time-sensitive. Looking for input from people who have made a similar switch and/or work in a related area (i.e. consulting or the business end of industrial R&D). [more inside]
posted by noted industrialist on Mar 22, 2011 - 5 answers

My liberal arts degree did not prepare me for this.

I run a very small professional services firm. The firm has had a great first couple years and has built up a solid client base and some decent cash reserves. I have long been considering bringing on my first partner to expand the kinds of services we can offer to our clients. Now that I have found the ideal candidate, I find myself struggling with the details around how to structure the partnership. Any recommended books or other resources to help guide a very small growing firm? [more inside]
posted by jlowen on Nov 2, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I help someone escape Retail management?

Trying to help a family member out. He graduated with a BS in business administration but feels stuck in retail. Help plot his next course of attack. [more inside]
posted by InvestorMD on Jan 20, 2010 - 8 answers

Taxes/licenses required for Nevada company providing consulting services in California?

Taxes/licenses required for Nevada company providing consulting services in California? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Aug 14, 2009 - 2 answers

What do you charge to not do any work, but instead sit around and wait, just in case?

I have no idea what to charge to be "on call" for a year, just in CASE a computer has a problem. [more inside]
posted by CommonSense on Aug 4, 2009 - 22 answers

How do we make sure our client in India pays their last invoice?

Our consulting company is doing business in India and we need a way to make sure that our client will not skip out on the last payment in our contract. [more inside]
posted by davidfitzy7 on May 27, 2009 - 12 answers

What kind of records do most sole proprietors, freelancers and consultants keep?

What sort of state of organization are the financial records of most sole proprietorships in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2009 - 5 answers

Job Opportunity Gut Check

What questions should I ask myself in order to decide if I should take a new job in this economic environment? It's basically giant corporation vs. boutique consultancy. [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece on Dec 1, 2008 - 7 answers

Escaping the grind

My friend works in database applications each day to create in house reports. He's bored and wants to go it alone. [more inside]
posted by simplesharps on Sep 3, 2008 - 0 answers

What are appropriate rates for computer surveillance work?

I'm currently running a business where I monitor computers for people. I use custom made software that gets by all the anti-malware scanners and through the firewalls. I have been charging $40/hr for the first hour, and $45 for each hour after that. Since most of work may only take 1-4 hours per client I've been told that I'm charging too little. Figures have been thrown at me by friends, family and even clients that I should charge $60, $75 or even $100. What is a fair amount in this business. Yes this involves spying on people at the workplace, churches and spouses. My first question. I've searched mefi for similar stuff and came up empty.
posted by Jack Feschuk on Mar 10, 2008 - 15 answers

Help an IT consultant find his niche!

I'm an IT consultant with a broad set of skills and experiences, and I need help finding my niche! [more inside]
posted by thehickmans on Dec 21, 2007 - 3 answers

Help a business consultant become an editorial freelancer....

I am currently working at a consulting firm and consider myself to be a half-decent writer. Before I apply for my MBA, I'd like to enhance my application by writing articles for business magazines. How could I do this? Do you recommend any particular publications that might be willing to take a freelancer? [more inside]
posted by moooshy on Dec 12, 2007 - 8 answers

I know we need income distribution rules in writing. What does the writing say?

How to divide up a company amongst 3 people when 2 people will be doing most of the work for the first 6-12 months. [more inside]
posted by andifsohow on Sep 27, 2007 - 10 answers

Feasible? Or cuckoo? Where to begin?

My business idea...brilliant, or a waste of time? Have you, or your business, ever needed a service like this? Has any company you worked for ever employed anybody to do this? [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny on Jul 11, 2007 - 18 answers

How do I fast track my way into consulting?

How do I fast track my way into consulting? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on May 27, 2007 - 8 answers

What is required for "ethics consulting"?

I hear that sometimes businesses and other institutions hire "ethics consultants". Does anyone know anything about getting into ethics consulting or the actual day-to-day activities in ethics consulting? If not, has anyone seen an ethics consultant in action at a company? [more inside]
posted by ontic on Feb 12, 2007 - 4 answers

Growing a computer forensic investigation business

How can I grow my DC area computer forensic investigation business? [more inside]
posted by procrastination on Mar 29, 2006 - 10 answers

Marketing Guru

Any actual, personal experience with famous "Marketing genius", Jay Abraham? Or do you know somebody who actually used his consulting services? [more inside]
posted by growabrain on Nov 25, 2005 - 7 answers

Why should I lose money if you needed to reschedule at the last minute?

Should I bill clients for scheduled appointments they missed? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Oct 24, 2005 - 26 answers

Should I create a business?

For a friend, "I run a small computer consulting business on the side in my spare time. I have a bit over two dozen clients and do regular work for a handful of them. My question is, does it make sense to go thru the process of creating a business? What advantages or disadvantages would this give me? How much would it cost? Any other uggestions/ideas/comments/etc.. would be great! Thanks!"
posted by k8t on Sep 5, 2005 - 5 answers

Work Phone

My consulting business has gotten busy enough (knock on wood) to warrant not using my personal cell phone number as the first line of communication. What I need is a service that creates a local phone number, has a customizable voicemail system that can fwd to my cell, office, whereever.

Is there such a thing, or should I just get a second cell phone?
posted by omidius on Dec 6, 2004 - 10 answers

Small-business Web Design

When my company discusses web design service with potential clients, they generally *always* balk and get ornery about the cost. Most of the time, we're working for small businesses, so understandably, $5-$10k is a substantial chunk of change for people to shell out. We don't get upset when we lose bids for being too expensive because we've always been taught that compromising our rate is not the solution... you simply can't meet everyone's budget. That being said, we turn away enough people who expect websites to cost $500-$1500 that I think there might be a market supportive enough to create solutions for. [come inside, won'tcha?] [more inside]
posted by Hankins on May 13, 2004 - 37 answers

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