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Business Startup Consulting

Starting a new business comes with a vast amount of steps. These are steps, which have to be not just taken but also known about in advance. As an investor and entrepreneur many of these can be paralyzing, cause inertia, and not allow for forward movement. Business startups hire consultants to help them with the early steps of an enterprise.

To help organizations and people who are behind so many startup businesses, consultants offer unique expertise that blends diverse entrepreneurial experience, real business insight and practical solutions.

The most useful time to seek professional business advice and support is before starting. Consultants work directly with the client to identify the most critical next steps and help them get executed. Questions clients have can be answered by consultants and advice can be given for greater return on investment.

How do clients benefit from early consulting?

Clients, who work with consultants, understand much better the early stages of forming a business and venture. Clients gain faster expertise, which gives them an advantage in getting to the next phase quicker. In many case, consultants help clients avoid costly mistakes and wasted time. They also give advice and clear much up for their clients.

This frees the client up to focus on other vital elements of the newly formed enterprise. Business startup consulting takes the mystery out of the process for clients, which can be the most paralyzing for a new company. Consultants guide client’s through the startup process enabling them to focus on their long-term business vision and goals. Clients rely on consultants to help them manage areas of responsibilities such as:

Strategy and Planning

Consultants help clients through analysis, statistics, and strategy. Clients partner with experienced consultants to plan critical steps for their startup business.

Legal Business Formation

Clients have to form a legal structure for their business. Consultants advice on options such as sole proprietor, corporation, LLC, and the pros and cons of it. They also help with other accounts such as banking.

Business Structure Development

Startups have to execute multiple items simultaneous. Consultants can help assisting clients execute major critical steps in the early stages of the business.

Vendor Selection

Startup businesses in the beginning have to hire several vendors to establish critical components of the business. Consultants help clients by providing reliable teams to execute those critical elements of starting a business.

Consultants goal when working with startups is to help a client better understand all the early stage aspects of the business. The client is given insight and gains clarity through working with an experienced professional who has been through the process multiple times. Consultants may research and implement business solutions, marketing strategies, and strategic relationships that will take the client’s business to the next level.

Thinking of starting a new business, it pays to consult with an expert. A startup consultant guides and gives advice to his client through the critical early stages to avoid costly mistakes.

  • We specifically looked for a firm that had experience in the beauty industry and got lucky. We found Illumination Consulting, which was a perfect fit for our needs. They helped us with our technology needs and marketing campaigns. The design work is most impressive with them. Thank you.

    Crystal Evans
    Voda Cosmetics
  • We needed lots of help with our website, marketing and advertising. We found Illumination Consulting and everything started to change for the better for us with our brand. They really understood, what we needed and were able to help us in all the areas. It is great working with just one company and get so much accomplished.

    Heather Larson
    Mom's Skincare
  • Thanks to Illumination Consulting for all the excellent work and support. We established a brand new beauty brand and company with their help. In less then a year, we created a new brand, e-commerce website, and product line. They really knew our industry well and what is required.

    Tony Vargas
    Tilth Beauty

Startup Consulting Benefits

Through experienced consultants who understand the isolated tasks necessary, a client can rely on a professional to manage a critical step in the early stages and focus on other items that need attention. The tasks necessary to get a business established are big obstacles when looked at as a whole.

Consultants breakdown the individual tasks and responsibilities, source vendors if necessary, and ensure execution.

Experienced help can quickly take out the confusion for an investor and startup business.

Questions can be addressed with consultants, and decisions can be made with more certainty. Startups who work with business consultants not just get questions answered to specific business challenges, but often benefit of relationships already established by the consultants.

How to start after the initial idea and concept?

Startup consultants know how to get to the next step and what it should be. Entrepreneurs who work with consultants are able to move from their initial idea and vision through the next phases and steps of their startup business. In some cases, structures of the new venture have to come together in a certain order. This is true for traditional companies and online businesses. Consultants guide entrepreneurs and their vision through the necessary steps required to open for business.

How to find the right and quality vendors?

Most new startups are challenged with finding quality vendors to establish critical and necessary structure vital to success. These startups could have a limited budget or would prefer to have their initial investment work out to satisfaction. When it does not, a second chance may not be within the budget. A safe investment for startups is working with consultants who have used the vendors before or for years. Being able as a startup to have trusted vendors to establish a website, deploy marketing, and/or manage certain aspects of operations is invaluable.

In what order to accomplish certain steps of the startup?

Clients who work with consultants in the startup phase of their business, receive help with specific steps in the right order they need to be addressed. It helps clients breakdown the startup into achievable steps that are executed then with the help of the consultant. Clients get a managed approach guiding them with the right steps to ensure the proper setup and infrastructure development for the startup. Clients can focus on the individual tasks and not feel overwhelmed by the big picture.

What is the right branding and how to get it done?

Branding is a task most businesses have to address right from the start. Most entrepreneurs and investors have an idea and have looked at their competitors or done some research on it. The challenge these days is staying consistent across the many communication channels such as logo, website, content, social media, and so on. When working with a consultant, a startup can ensure to have the company branding delivered with the same execution across all vendors and channels.

How to setup the essential structure of the business?

When starting a business, there are a multitude of tasks that need to be addressed. Forming the structure, to establish a fully functioning business can be exhausting and stressful on any entrepreneur. Clients work with consultants to help them structure the business and establish the essentials to “open for business”. Startup consultants work with clients to put the required structures in place such as company identity, bank account, legal structure, product design, pricing and so on. The focus is to get the new organization ready for business.

How to get a quality website developed and launched?

Website design and development solutions are some of the hardest to contract out for startup businesses. In regards to design and technology, much has to be considered these days. Everything from responsive design to what software applications will power the functionality. To relay on a vendor to make these decisions for the startup can have severe consequences. When working with a consultant who understands technology, design cost, and even has trusted relationships, a startup avoids costly mistakes and loss of time.

How to market a new venture and startup?

Marketing in today’s digital world is a complex task. Most startups rely on contracting marketing completely out or partially to get desired results. To gain a much better understanding of the marketing landscape, a startup consultant will go over all options with the client and cover the pros and cons. Given the budget, a consultant will advise on what can be done and what the best methods would be. A client can have a consultant also assist with reports, analysis and other management type functions of marketing campaigns.  

Startup Clients