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Small Business ^ A - Z What the Manual didnt Include Consulting
Some Issues Not in the Text These slides available at:
Some Issues Not in the Text What are we doing? –What does the client think? –What do you think? Whats in it for you? –Are you a charitable organization? –How to charge –How much to charge Bottom line: you need an engagement letter
The Engagement Letter Who –Who is hiring you? Management or owners? –Who do you report to? –Who will give you the info you need? What –What do they want? –Expectations – theirs and yours –Disclaimer
The Engagement Letter When ( timing ) –Is this the never ending story? –Will things drag on and on? –Will you or they lose interest? –When and how do you get paid? How –Do you have a work program? –Do you have a budget? –Do they know about it?
The Engagement Letter Protection –Protect yourself from your client –What happens if things go wrong? You missed the real problem You missed theft going on in plain site Your recommendations were awful instead of awesome A conflict of interest arises They dont pay You cant complete the work because…..
How are YOU going to Market this Service? Focus on USP Why would a client hire you? How can you help them? Packaging your product –The operational audit –The turnaround artist –The performance review –Small Business Tune Up
How are YOU going to Market this Service? Referral Sources –Bankers and other lenders –Other accountants –Lawyers Public Relations –Articles for local business mag –Newsletter for existing clients
Summary Lucrative field You are in the best position to help Avoid quicksand clients Dont give it away!
Forbes Magazine 10 Best Tips on a Great Business Plan
Define the problem In Terms you mother could understand Quantify the cost of the pain Avoid gobbledygook
Figure out Solutions and Benefits Get to the simple facts
Industry and Market Whats happening in the industry Whats happening in your niche
What is your Business Model Exactly: how does client make money?
Whats the Competitive Advantage Who are your competitors What are the substitute products What is your competitive advantage
Marketing and Sales How are you going to sell it? Distribution channel Strategic partnerships
Executive Team Wheres the horsepower? Wheres the advisory board
Funding Requirements Show me the money needs Where is the commitment of owners How much sweat equity is invested
Financial Forecast Is this real? How will investors get their money back?
10 Essential Questions 1.What is the purpose for existing? 2.Who is the target customer 3.Who needs what we sell 4.Is the need big enough to support the business? 5.What are competitors doing 6.Can expenses be reduced without harming the product?
10 Essential Questions 7.Do we have the right leadership? 8.Do we have the right employees? 9.How will we continue to drive revenue? 10.How are employees holding up? From Mark Kramer, Wharton School quoted from Forbes magazine 11/20/09
How to Bounce Back from Failure Get a 4-legged friend Face the music. Clear your head, then double down Swallow your pride – ask for help Meditate / pray Stand by your convictions… prove them wrong Put things in perspective Persevere. Its never over till its over
Forbes 20 most important Questions Forbes Magazine entrepreneurs/management
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