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John K.
$70/hr
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  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Content Marketing
  • HubSpot
  • Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Google Ads
  • Copywriting
  • Branding & Marketing
  • SaaS
  • Customer Acquisition Strategy
  • B2B Marketing
  • Brand Positioning
  • Marketing Strategy

Over 25 years sales and marketing experience working at CEO, board level, senior corporate roles and consulting working in the UK, Belgium and Sweden covering the EMEA region. Helping SaaS, e-commerce, retail, tech, cybersecurity and professional service businesses to find their audience, target the right digital channels and communicate an impactful message. Previously worked for major brands and SME companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; for example Hertz car rental, Hilton hotels, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group (Radisson Blu and Park Inn hotels). Specialising in lead generation, SEO, social media, PR, content creation,...

Ammar A.
$60/hr
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  • Ecommerce Platform Development
  • Production Planning
  • Supply Chain Modeling
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Sourcing
  • Supply Chain & Logistics
  • Alibaba Sourcing
  • Manufacturing & Construction
  • Amazon Webstore
  • Procurement
  • Logistics & Shipping
  • Transportation & Warehousing
  • Business with 10-99 Employees
  • Business with 1-9 Employees

- #1 TOP - RATED PLUS Consultant in Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Logistics, Sourcing, Supply Chain Modeling, EDI, Warehousing, etc (in less than 6 months) Team Experience 8 - 30 years each with Fortune 500 companies in the US, small/large production, factories and e-commerce stores. - Owner of Investa Garden (Management Consulting Agency specialized in Supply Chain, Operations, PMP, ERP/EDI Solutions, Digital Marketing, and Full Stack Web Development) - Based in Chicago with a global setup. - We build/manage Digital Supply Chains/Logistics infrastructure for e-Commerce companies whether you are starting out or at a point in...

Priyank G.
$25/hr
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  • iOS Development
  • Android App Development
  • iPhone UI Design
  • iPhone App Development
  • Mobile App Development
  • PHP
  • WordPress
  • EventKit
  • Flutter
  • React Native
  • Dart
  • API
  • Model View ViewModel
  • Database Development

"His communication, professionalism and tenacity for disambiguation are exemplary. I am going to have Priyank as my go to for a lot of my projects. An awesome, I mean awesome contractor. With that in mind, he is awesome to work with if you know a little about what you want." "Priyank is a talented app developer and a great person to work with. Fast, responsive, and a strategic thinker. He built my app to my exact specifications, made it easy for me to preview the app on my phone, and then he submitted it to the App store for me. I highly recommend him and will be working with him again." WHEN done right, a modern iOS mobile application can...

Kevin D.
$160/hr
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  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Modeling
  • Sales Consulting
  • Sales Development
  • Business Coaching
  • Customer Discovery
  • Buyer Persona
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Sales Operations
  • Data Analysis
  • Business Planning & Strategy
  • Growth Strategy
  • Statement of Purpose

6 time startup founder / co-founder. Conscious entrepreneur keenly focused on purpose + profit. 25 years in creating marketing strategies in B2B, B2C and B2B2C customer segments. Skilled in content marketing and copy writing. Co-founded a subscription-based SaaS Company and quickly led it to over $2M in ARR. Skilled in key startup activities including: product market fit, value prop and investor pitch. Interested in helping startups or small businesses set and exceed their growth objectives. Master at customer discovery and buyer interviews. Experienced with marketing automation and increasing mQL. Have led global sales and customer success...

Jacinta A.
$40/hr
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  • Social Media Plugin
  • Content Marketing Strategy
  • Brand Strategy
  • Branding
  • Brand Management
  • Social Media Content
  • Content Development
  • Content Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Direct Marketing

Did you know: A Japanese company sold Adult Milk - for adults living in a stressful society. The milk cost $47 per bottle and was taken from cows once a week at the break of dawn, as they discharge a lot of melatonin, a stress-relieving hormone. It contained 3-4 times more melatonin than regular milk. The challenge of marketing is finding a way to communicate directly to a target market and triggering the need to purchase. What I love about marketing is continuing to learn, and finding new ways to influence consumers' purchasing decisions. My love of marketing has to lead me to continue to pursue not only my Bachelor's degree but also my...

Shereen A.
$85/hr
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  • Entrepreneurship
  • Startup Company
  • Consultant
  • Management Consulting
  • Web Design
  • AMP Web Development

Award-winning entrepreneur, Goldman Sachs Scholar and experienced consultant for startups and businesses with 10+ years of experience. Woman focused, but qualified to assist a variety of startup founder and startup needs. Judged 35 competitions and award events - Startup Canada - Stevie Awards -First Robotics +more Judged 1000+ startups over 5 years Lead over 15 startups from pre revenue to over $1M in sales. Demograph ranged from 14 years old- 34 years old Served as a board member to not for profit and for-profit companies Speaker at 50+ events including (but not limited to): - Harvard Women in Business, IBC - Oxford Women in Business...

Yalcin K.
$175/hr
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  • Conversion Rate Optimization
  • Data Segmentation
  • Analytics
  • Campaign Reporting
  • Mixpanel
  • Usability Testing
  • Consumer Research
  • Marketing Automation
  • Google Analytics
  • Data Science
  • Google Tag Manager
  • Data Visualization
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Marketing Data Analytics
  • Google Data Studio

I help SaaS, Consumer Tech and ecommerce businesses improve their customer experience and marketing with data. I help founders, product & marketing leaders and through below services: == Project based == - design "modern tech stack" - create metrics for strategy - instrument and setup analytics - train team on how to use analytics - setup data governance process == Analytics team as a service (retainer) == - analytics deep-dives - customer research projects - data engineering, data warehousing - periodic reporting - predictive analytics - data governance and testing - experimentation design and testing (product and marketing)

John T.
$125/hr
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  • Business Consulting
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Forecast
  • Operational Plan
  • Budget Planning
  • Organizational Design & Effectiveness
  • Accounting
  • Business Planning & Strategy
  • Corporate Finance
  • Accounting principles
  • Workday Adaptive Planning

Hands on Startup and SMB experience to share. Help in getting your company off the ground or scaling your business to new levels. I can do a onetime project or an ongoing support function. Nothing it too small or too large to tackle. I focus on your needs and your business. I enjoy being part of your success. I have a strong accounting and finance background initially with major corporations and most recently with small or startup companies. My experience as CEO/COO/CFO has been in building complete financial and business plans and presentations including pitch decks using Excel and other tools that become part of a total package. I...

Virgil S.
$100/hr
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  • Conversion Rate Optimization
  • Google Ads
  • ClickFunnels
  • WordPress Theme
  • Lead Generation
  • Shopify
  • HubSpot
  • HubSpot Expert
  • WooCommerce
  • CSS
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • WordPress

Hi I'm Virgil! I've been a professional nerd since 1997 where I started my career supporting Windows 95 for Microsoft in 1997. I exited Corporate America and became a freelancer in 2004 and can't wait to help you with your project! I eat, sleep and breathe the web. I could go on and on about how awesome I am but here are few quotes from clients instead: “Virgil Went way above and beyond to get what I needed, great follow thru. Highly recommend - this was a difficult project.” ~ Carolann Dekker "If anyone is considering Virgil to work on their project, DON'T SECOND GUESS yourself! This guy is a pro! I know this because I am a web designer...

Benjamin L.
$199/hr
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  • Operations Management
  • People Management
  • Process Design
  • Change Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Design & Effectiveness
  • Business Coaching
  • Management Consulting
  • Operational Plan
  • Interim Executive
  • Business Operations
  • HR & Business Services
  • Strategy

"If you need someone to help you scale your operations, you must speak with Benjamin." "The work he performed is unbelievable” "He's obsessed to provide value, delivered [...] way beyond our expectations" "Ben is a superstar." "Benjamin is an absolute game changer!" (LinkedIn) "Exceptional is an understatement." Hi there, I am happy to have you on my profile. I am your operations and organizational consultant that will prepare your company for scaling! What I can help you with - Document your processes in SOPs - Improve or design processes - Design your organizational structure - Help build teams with great cohesion - Help you hire and...

Edward W.
$140/hr
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  • Sales
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Business Development
  • HubSpot
  • B2B Marketing
  • Marketing Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • Sales Development
  • Business Plan
  • Lead Generation Strategy
  • Due Diligence
  • Database Management
  • Strategy
  • Business Coaching

Executive with corporate and entrepreneurial leadership experience developing channels and customers for innovative technology services and products. Expertise in establishing channels, customer acquisition and retention, eCommerce, sales, digital/social media marketing, direct and partnership/alliance sales, growth hacking, brand creation, and lead generation. • Repeated operational success and leadership pioneering channel breakthroughs, brand building, and product marketing • Track record of delivering measurable revenue growth in startups, mid-size businesses, and divisions of large corporations • Expertise in structuring international...

Patrick M.
$200/hr
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  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Writing
  • Management Consulting
  • Fundraising
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Business Consulting
  • Finance
  • Venture Capital Consulting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Pricing Strategy Consulting
  • Pitch Deck

Raised over $15M in venture capital, grown teams from 2 to 30 people, and grown revenue from thousands to $10M a year. VP level experience in finance, operations and management at growing startups with investment banking, financial services, private equity, and fundraising experience. Driven, detail-oriented, and open-minded.

Joao C.
$100/hr
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  • Financial Modeling
  • Management Consulting
  • Management Skills
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Reporting
  • Venture Capital Consulting
  • Project Management
  • Data Mining
  • Financial Plans
  • Valuations

Dear Sir and/or Madam: My name is João Caro de Sousa, and I believe that considering my personal and academic background, as well as my professional experience, I can deliver an outstanding project. I started my career as a Strategic Consultant at Deloitte where I produced and audited several strategic business plans, market assessments and investment cases, reports & presentations. After I worked for 8 years at BPI Asset Management, where from 2012 to 2014 I co managed an Investment Fund focused on African equities. In 2014, Morningstar ranked this fund 1st and 3rd worldwide on the African Investment Funds category (for one- and...

Andres B.
$59/hr
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  • Financial Planning
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Business Cases
  • Business Plan
  • Financial Modeling
  • Cash Flow Modeling
  • Financial Management
  • Business Management
  • Process Design
  • Marketing Data Analytics
  • Financial Projection
  • Business Consulting

Business growth and strategy consultant, CFO, and financial modelling expert, with over 20 years experience with startups and small businesses in an array of industries. Worked in consulting for Accenture and other multinational companies and startups. Focus areas: Small and Medium Enterprises & Start-ups in diverse industries. FRACTIONAL CFO: Strategically and operationally experienced CFO. As a fractional CFO I can assist you in linking strategy with operations and finance. STRATEGY CONSULTANT: Strategic brainstorming & planning, product strategy, business model, financial modeling, company building, establishing objectives & key...

Linda W.
$215/hr
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  • Strategy & Planning
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Product Development
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Growth Strategy
  • Industry Research
  • B2C Marketing
  • Startup Company
  • Branding & Marketing
  • eCommerce
  • Business Plan
  • Business Operations
  • Management Consulting
  • B2B Marketing
  • Financial Projection

After 15 years of running a profitable e-commerce brand, Canopy Verde, I have returned to my consulting roots to help startups and mid-size businesses grow. I built my accessories brand from scratch and achieved profitability by year 2. I’m a creative problem solver and brand strategist who can help companies make the most of their resources. I have helped subscription brands, B2B services, SaaS tech services, B2C products, and specialty food companies scale their businesses. As founder of Canopy Verde, I drive every aspect of the business including sourcing, design, product development, sales, PR, and logistics. Prior to starting my own...

Alvis L.
$70/hr
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  • Supply Chain Management
  • Logistics & Shipping
  • Business Process Modeling
  • Process Improvement
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Six Sigma
  • Supply Chain Modeling
  • Supply Chain & Logistics
  • Strategy & Planning
  • Transportation & Warehousing
  • Warehouse Management
  • Process Flow Diagram
  • Inventory Management
  • Management Consulting

A 'Passionate & Hands-on' Supply Chain, Logistics & Warehousing Consultant; Delivered 100M+ USD as Value Prop to my clients. Senior Management Professional from 'IIM Calcutta' a premier B School which ranks top 20 globally. I Specialize in Supply Chain, Logistics, Warehousing, E-Commerce and Process Excellence with more than 150+ Projects delivered. Certified 'Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt' and served as a LSS Champion as well. I'm passionate towards driving Process Excellence in an Organization and my key edge lies in solving complex business problems through effective yet simple business solutions which breaks-even within 6 months. I...

Kevin G.
$65/hr
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  • Excel VBA
  • Financial Writing
  • Investment Research
  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Accounting
  • Tax Strategy
  • Finance
  • Business Services
  • Investment Strategy

I am a seasoned financial executive with broad experience in tax strategies, finance, accounting, financial services and writing-somewhat a jack of all trades. I hold a Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.), with a concentration in tax and finance, while boasting experience across various industries, including, but not limited to, energy, real estate and technology. I have served as the CFO of two start-up companies and am very well versed in financial modeling, forecasting, budgeting and reporting as well as putting together information memorandums and pitch decks on businesses. I have an extensive knowledge of tax strategy,...

Ro B.
$100/hr
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  • Pitch Deck
  • PitchBooks
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Presentation Design
  • Presentations
  • Financial Presentation
  • Venture Capital Consulting
  • Graphic Design
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Business Plan or Pitch
  • Storytelling
  • Industry Research
  • Business Writing
  • Sales Presentation

⭐ Bloomberg Beta: Preferred Pitch Partner ‘22 📈 Financial expertise, data-driven copy 📚 Compelling story structuring ✅ Institutional market research 🎨 Professional and modern design 🛠 Collaborative build process CLIENT CAPITAL RAISES: 💲 $30.0m, Series B - IT/Tech: Software, Pitch Deck (United States, Oct. 2021) 💰 $7.0m, Seed - Fintech & Social Media, Pitch Deck (India, May 2021) 💵 $5.0m, Series A (SAFE) - Deep Tech: Software & AI, Pitch Deck (Malta, Aug. 2021) 💴 $4.0m, Series A - Recruitment, AI Pitch Deck (United States, Oct. 2021) 💱 $2.0m, Equity Finance - Google Funding, Voice AI, RFP Deck (US, Sept. 2021)...

Cope T.
$200/hr
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  • Contract Law
  • Contract Drafting
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Legal
  • Legal Research
  • Data Mining
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Legal Consulting
  • Contract Negotiation
  • The Florida Bar
  • Transportation & Warehousing
  • Drafting
  • Employment Consideration
  • Business Consulting

I am a contracts attorney with over 22 years of experience at General Electric, Teachers College Columbia University, and Siemens Energy, where I've drafted, negotiated, and executed billions of dollars of large, complex, cutting-edge technology contracts across the globe. I am an expert. Currently, my practice focus spans a wide range of agreements including: ● influencer ●partnering ● IP licensing ● technology transfer ● website terms of use ● CCPA & GDPR privacy policies ● IT outsourcing ● cloud services ● residential and commercial construction ● subcontractor ● education ● mergers and acquisitions ● employment ● commercial lease ●...

Seva L.
$125/hr
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  • Presentations
  • Fundraising
  • Sales Presentation
  • Pitch Deck
  • Visual Presentation Design
  • Presentation Design
  • Growth Strategy
  • Infographic
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Venture Capital Consulting
  • Google Slides
  • Keynote
  • Full Presentation Design
  • Financial Presentation

Capital raising is challenging, it requires you to sell your vision, convince people that you're worth backing, and present in a way that's both professional and engaging. I can help you get to all this and more with the way I put my slides together. I'll work with you to fine-tune your story, fill in the missing parts, and revamp your slides with polished visuals that will effectively persuade potential investors to back you. Hundreds of my clients, ranging from early-stage start-ups to corporate giants, have collectively raised over $600+ million as a result of my dedication, close collaboration, quick turnarounds, and eye for detail....

Ashley W.
$50/hr
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  • Resume Writing
  • Editor
  • Cover Letter Writing
  • LinkedIn Development
  • Human Resources Consulting
  • Management Consulting
  • Business Consulting
  • Report Writing
  • Copywriting
  • Resume Development
  • CV

I have over 10 years of experience in HR, management and recruiting. I currently own and write for The Resume Supply Co where I have been extremely successful in helping job seekers land the interviews they never would be able to on their own. I have created thousands of resumes with all the components necessary to help people take their career to the next level. Why choose me as your expert resume writer? 1. I work extremely fast. 2. I have great knowledge of resume writing as well as all components of the often-tedious job search. 3. I am an American and a native English speaker. This means I can ensure quality communication in...

Jack C.
$30/hr
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  • Purchasing Management
  • Project Management
  • Internet Research
  • Sales
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Contract Manufacturing
  • Sourcing

I have over 20 years' experience in the apparel industry as a buyer, production coordinator, offsite production manager, offsite production and apparel sourcing, sales, merchandising, program and production improvement, new company and process startup assistance, and customer development. I also have assisted many clienst with non-apparel product and private label factory sourcing. I would like to offer my experiences to assist in your offsite production coordination, sourcing, inventory control, customer service/development, startup help in all areas, vendor management, and logistics.

David K.
$125/hr
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  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Analysis
  • Budget Planning
  • Market Research
  • Market Analysis
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Due Diligence
  • Financial Writing
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Finance
  • Business Writing
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Pitch Deck
  • Executive Coaching
  • Business Strategy

I love entrepreneurs and working in entrepreneurial environments. I've written over 50 business plans, created pitch decks and developed financial models for ventures across multiple industries which have helped raise over $100 million in funding. Through this experience, I have gained a strong understanding of what investors look for when making a decision and the types of questions that must be addressed in order to secure funding. My experience is not limited to consulting. I've helped start 14 companies, one of which was a finalist in the TechCrunch disrupt competition, four have exited. I hold an MBA in finance from Thunderbird...

Jeremy M.
$197/hr
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  • ClickFunnels
  • Landing Page
  • Conversion Rate Optimization
  • Convert A/B Testing
  • Internet Marketing
  • Digital Marketing
  • Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Digital Strategy
  • Freelance Marketing
  • Web Design
  • Website Design
  • WordPress
  • Website Redesign
  • Funnel Testing

I do not promise great results – I deliver them. ~Jeremy McGilvrey You’re a business owner who’s likely been burned before. A digital marketer over-promised a sales funnel, landing page, or website and under-delivered. And guess what? They *still* got paid while you were left with an unusable (probably ugly) and poorly functioning asset. (Please watch the video on this page to learn exactly what I can do for you.) How do I know this? Well, because I’ve worked with 100s of clients who’ve come to me after a terrible experience. Let me cut to the chase since I know you’re busy: If you’re looking for the best ClickFunnels freelancer on...

Juan D.
$40/hr
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  • Business Plan
  • Business Development
  • Google Sheets
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Business Coaching
  • Dashboard
  • Valuation
  • Financial Report
  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Forecast
  • Financial Planning
  • Finance & Accounting

Business and Profit Coach. Google Sheets Wizard. Financial Advisor and Business Valuation Expert, with solid experience advising businesses of all kinds from all over the world. I have spent thousands of hours working on financial models and business plans for a vast array of industries. I finished my MBA in 2022. If you need help to scale your business or take it to the next level, but you don’t have the time to make it happen, instead of trying to complete all the tasks by yourself, you can hire me as your business developer and I will solve what needs to be solved. I can easily identify opportunities for improvement within...

Lior R.
$200/hr
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  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Modeling
  • Venture Capital Consulting
  • Investment Research
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Business Plan
  • Business Analysis
  • Company Valuation
  • Business Valuation
  • Due Diligence
  • Valuations
  • Management Consulting
  • Valuation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Financial consultant for buyers and sellers of small and medium tech businesses. I've worked with 200+ buyers and sellers of small and medium tech companies, providing financial modeling, valuation, and due diligence services that have helped them close deals at an aggregated value of more than $1.4 billion. Recent clients said: "An invaluable asset to all startups! Lior supported us with all the necessary models, forecasts, and assumptions - making us look like financial pros in front of our investors :)" "Lior has done an exceptional job and financial forecasting for our web-based app. He's the best financial forecaster I have...

Jose R.
$140/hr
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  • Pitchbook
  • Venture Capital Consulting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Fundraising
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Writing
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Business Valuation
  • Investor Overview
  • Financial Modeling
  • Investment Banking
  • Business Plan
  • Company Valuation

-Newchip Accelerator Mentor -Degree in Business Economics from Brown University -Former investment banker and entrepreneur -Advised and executed on over USD4.0 billion of transactions across capital markets and mergers and acquisitions -Extensive experience building financial models, industry/market overviews, and buy/sell-side investment opportunity presentations -Currently managing an angel fund with $10 mm aum with investments in bombas.com, cleancult.com, hatchcollection.com, trygatsby.com, donegood.com, littlechonk.com, spacex.com, lightshiprv.com -Have helped startups raise over $12 mm across pre-seed through Series B

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What is a startup consultant?

By offering their experience in management, finance, strategy, marketing and development, startup consultants provide the expertise necessary to bring an entrepreneur’s dream to reality. A startup consultant can review your business plan, compare it with your goals, and suggest ways to improve your chances for success.

How do you hire a startup consultant?

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  1. Write a project description. You’ll want to determine your scope of work and the skills and requirements you are looking for in a startup consultant.
  2. Post it on Upwork. Once you’ve written a project description, post it to Upwork. Simply follow the prompts to help you input the information you collected to scope out your project.
  3. Shortlist and interview startup consultants. Once the proposals start coming in, create a shortlist of the professionals you want to interview. 

Of these three steps, your project description is where you will determine your scope of work and the specific type of startup consultant you need to complete your project. 

How much does it cost to hire a startup consultant?

Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, location, and market conditions.

  • An experienced startup consultant may command higher fees but also work faster, have more-specialized areas of expertise, and deliver higher-quality work.
  • A contractor who is still in the process of building a client base may price their startup consultant services more competitively. 

Rates typically charged by startup consultants on Upwork are:

  • Beginner: $56 per hour
  • Intermediate: $97 per hour
  • Advanced: $150 per hour

Which one is right for you will depend on the specifics of your project. For more information on startup costs, check out our free startup cost calculator which can help you estimate the cost required to set up a startup business.

How do you write a startup consultant job post?

Your job post is your chance to describe your project scope, budget, and talent needs. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would when hiring an employee, aim to provide enough detail for a contractor to know if they’re the right fit for the project.

Job post title

Create a simple title that describes exactly what you’re looking for. The idea is to target the keywords that your ideal candidate is likely to type into a job search bar to find your project. Here are some sample startup consultant job post titles:

  • Business plan consultant needed to help with company launch
  • Consultant needed for help developing launch plan for toy company
  • Seeking startup consultant to provide finance expertise

Project description

An effective startup consultant job post should include: 

  • Scope of work: From business plan development to marketing expertise, list all the deliverables you’ll need. 
  • Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project. 
  • Background: If you prefer experience with certain industries, phases of startup, or post launch consultation, mention this here. 
  • Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts.

Startup consultant job responsibilities

Here are some examples of startup consultant job responsibilities:

  • Review and refine financials in business plan
  • Help define business goals and objectives
  • Identify potential sources of funding and handle initial outreach
  • Develop go to market strategy

Startup consultant job requirements and qualifications

Be sure to include any requirements and qualifications you’re looking for in a startup consultant. Here are some examples:

  • Experience improving business plans for startups
  • Existing relationship with financial institutions and funding resources
  • Track record of taking businesses from concept to launch
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