Frequently asked questions
Where are you based?
I live just outside Bristol in North Somerset. I can work with clients anywhere in the country (or beyond).
How does it work?
It usually starts with a coffee and an initial chat. If we both feel that there is a good fit (both personality and need) then a more in-depth conversation is a good idea. From there, I can put together a detailed scope of work for you to approve before we start working. That way there are no surprises and we all know what is the definition of done.
How much do you charge?
Every project is to client specification and agreed upfront. My rates are reasonable and might even surprise you (in a good way).
Will I be tied to a long contract?
No. Each project is built to spec and that can include timescales. Client briefs can range from short, sharp help on a specific project through to ongoing business development support.
Do you do all the work yourself?
I will do most of the work myself. If there is a need for a particular skillset then I will rightly involve an expert from my network. If this is to be the case then you will know who it is, why them and what they are going to do before they start any work on your account.
Why should I choose you?
Good question. I started this business because I saw a need for business development skills-for-hire in tech start-ups, agencies and consultancies. I can bring 10+ years experience to the table and I am still regularly making sales calls today, this month, next month… If you think you might need that expertise, then let’s have a chat. We can find out if there’s common ground. If it’s not what you need, or we have a radically a different approach then that’s ok.
When should I not choose you?
Let’s start with the big stuff – if you are sizing up options for support and you project is not about business development, sales or marketing then I’m very probably not the person you are looking for. ERP, back office, finance etc that is just not my thing. If you have a mass market B2C product that is ‘for anyone’ then again, I’m probably not right for you. And finally, if your idea of targeting is to phone any business starting with A and just keep going then again, I’m very likely not your contact.
Do you do websites for clients?
Short answer – yes. I’m in a fortunate position that I have very good and trusted contacts in design, web development and Ux. If as part of your sales and markeitng plan we identify a need for a new website then that could very happily sit within scope of the project. This is one of those occassions where I would bring in other people to be involved in the delivery. My own role would be to oversee and project manage to successful launch.
How quickly can you start?
All depends on when you ask! I’ll let you know what capacity is currently available. If there is space then potentially within a day or two of engaging.