Small Business Consulting

We recognize that small businesses have plenty of reasons for hiring consultants like OnlineDigs.  We can help them save time and money, provide specialized advice, navigate changing workloads, and plan for the future, among other things.

Our consultants can function more like a mentor or an advisor, who can work with the client on broad planning and strategy work. We can also provide more specific, specialized services as a subcontractors. According to Forbes, “rather than hiring for a position that may be just part-time, like a marketing strategist or legal counsel, instead, consider retaining a consultant that is an expert in their field.”  That is exactly what we do.

We understand the problems small business owners have to deal with every day. Budgets are tight, resources are limited, and a business planning document isn’t worth much if the plan isn’t implemented. Building a successful, sustainable business is not just about planning. It’s also about execution. Common obstacles to growth are people, technology, and processes. We have experience with all three — getting the right people in place, while using the right technology to execute efficient and effective processes. 

Success at Business Requires a Roadmap.  As we see it, these are the key components to ensure success:

 

As you begin to think about your strategic planning here are five things to think about to get your motor started as we take our client through the process:

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  • Conduct a review of the prior year – begin your thought process with a review of your company’s past year successes and failures. 

  • Revisit your values and mission statement – are they still relevant to your current situation and environment. 

  • What is your vision for the future? – Before you can set goals you need to determine what you want to achieve. 

  • What are your short and long-term goals? – Whether your goals are minimal or significant you must have a clear understanding and direction you want to take your business in.

  • Define what Action is next! – With your objectives and goals created it is time to put strategies and actions together that will be needed to accomplish your goals. 

 

Our small business development service is comprehensive and provides each client with tools they can walk away with to continue on a clear path forward.

Strategic Planning and Business Development Services fee schedule

We do not offer any fixed price packages and we generally avoid templates when it comes to our small business consulting services. Before we can estimate the fee for completing your business plan or helping you map out a strategic plan, we need to understand your individual situation. This generally requires a brief conversation about your project goals, timetable, budget, scope, and other issues.

Factors That Affect Pricing

  • Size — How many people are employed and how much revenue does the business generate today?

  • Scale — How big do you expect the business to be in five years?  Ten years?

  • Speed — How fast do you plan to grow?

  • Competition — How tough is the competition?

  • Industry Stage — Is the industry growing, flat, or shrinking?

  • Market share — How much market share do you reasonably expect to attain?

  • Revenue Streams — Which and how many revenue streams?

  • Business Model — Is this a proven business model, or something completely new?

  • Financing Sources — Do you plan to raise multiple rounds of funding, from multiple sources, or just one round from one source?

  • Financing Scale — Do you plan to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, hundreds of millions, or something in between?

  • Stakeholders — How many, and which, stakeholders will be involved?

  • Digital footprint and monetization strategy - What are you doing in this space now & what should you be doing?

  • Regulations — Is the industry relatively unconstrained, strictly regulated, or somewhere in between?

  • Stage of Business — Is this a start-up business, a spinoff from a large corporation, a merger, or a continuation of an existing business?

  • Data — How much data is available (and how much have you collected) on the industry, your competition, and market trends?

 

Relatively simple, straightforward business plan projects (such as a small coffee or sandwich shop),  can be as little as $3,500, whereas more complicated projects can easily exceed $20,000. Although we are far from being the most expensive, we are also rarely the least expensive.

If you are looking for an extremely low cost solution, or don’t care about quality, then OnlineDigs is definitely not a good fit for you.  However, If you don’t want a cookie-cutter solution, and you want to dig deeper, then OnlineDigs is exactly what the doctor ordered.

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Use the form below to contact us about your business ideas, successes and challenges.  We are delighted to guide you through how to unlock the potential in your business.