Since mid-2016 I have been offering a consultancy service for small businesses or individuals. It costs $200 an hour and you can schedule a call with me here on the service Clarity.
Most of my clients are people new to
How We Started The Business
The business was very straightforward to start. I simply signed up to an account with Clarity (a tool similar to Skype but where you can get paid for taking calls). Then put a link on my contact me page and waited for people to start scheduling calls.
I generally have one or two clients a months which is a level I am happy at.
Tools We Utilise
The only tool I use is Clarity. It is very straightforward. You choose your price per minute and then when someone books a call with you, you get paid based on how long the call lasts.
I charge $3.33 a minute. If a call lasts two hours it costs them $399.6. From that Clartiy takes a 15% service fee so I would be left with $339.66.
I meet up with some of my clients in person. In those cases, I send them a PayPal invoice.
What We Plan For The Future
This is very much a time for money type of business, which is very different to most of my other businesses. There is nothing passive about a consultancy business. Because of that, I have no plans to expand the business. Rather I am very happy to continue taking one or two clients a month.
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Just finished my call, SO WORTH IT. I have been following sampriestley.com which inspired me to start my own product business. I called to get feedback on my product concept and business plan. He offered to review info before our call and he prepared a spreadsheet for us to review, I had missed some major items which could have cost me $1000s and tears on the back-end. Thanks Sam 🙂 Also great at helping me think about the long-term and expansion, not just my immediate product launch needs.