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Vinci Z.
  • Startup Consulting
  • Business Consulting
  • Legal Documents & Contracts

Legal consultation for contract drafting (such as NNN agreement, ODM/OEM agreement), trademark and patent filing in China etc.

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Consultations from $100
Artem P.
  • Startup Consulting
  • Business Consulting
  • Financial Analysis & Valuation

I can consult you on fundraising for your startup and approaching investors. I've worked with Techstars, consulted companies applying for YCombinator, and done a lot of VC fund presentations and consulting. I have my own investment-raising experience. Also, I've studied VC fund executive at Berkley HaaS School of Business.

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Consultations from $75
CA Bhuvan A.
  • Startup Consulting
  • Financial Forecasting

I can provide you best in class guidance and help you to achieve the desired output. I have more than 10 years of experience in consulting. Looking forward to hear from you. Bhuvan

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Consultations from $50
Gaurav B.
  • Startup Consulting
  • Business Consulting
  • Financial Analysis & Valuation
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Legal Disputes
  • Legal Documents & Contracts

I am a “Certified Business Valuation Analyst” (ABV credential-AICPA, USA) & having specialized in Venture Capital, Business Valuation, 409A Valuation, IRC Valuation, Financial Modelling, Equity Research, Sustainability/ESG, Real Estate, M&A & Start-up consulting. I can provide guidance on Financial Model, Business valuation, Equity Research & Real Estate Valuation.

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Consultations from $100
Suzanne H.
  • Startup Consulting
  • General Legal Advice

I offer an initial view during the consultation which I am happy to back up with a written review. I can often give and indication of time, availability and costs. I will agree forward plan or a further meeting after the delivery of paperwork to allow for more detail of the project to be understood.

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Consultations from $100
Jason V.
  • Startup Consulting
  • Financial Analysis & Valuation

I provide help to large and small organizations on the best way to structure financial models, specifically revenue and expense assumptions that are used to create reusable dynamic financial projections. I've got a library of over 170 templates I've built from scratch to pull knowledge from. I understand that every business operator has their unique preferences and I can walk through what those are and the best way to implement a model to meet such expectations. There are many things to consider when building a financial model, this consultation will help start the QA process and get a good foundation to work off of.

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Consultations from $165
Jorge A.
  • Startup Consulting
  • Business Consulting
  • General Legal Advice
  • Legal Applications & Registration
  • Legal Documents & Contracts

Short consultations are ideal for specific topics in which I specialize, such as Mexico's local business insight, and localized legal services for expats, retirees and investors looking to begin operations in Mexico. I also offer my regular suite of services, which cater to e.commerce, FinTech, crypto, SaaS, IP trademark, software licences and software development.

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Consultations from $45
Muhammad Sabeeh M.
  • Startup Consulting
  • Accounting
  • Bookkeeping
  • Financial Analysis & Valuation
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Personal Finance & Wealth Management

I shall teach you How to set up accounting books for small business successfully In business, you must keep records of your transactions in your books. Your accounting books provide a place for you to review your business’s income and expenses and see where you stand financially. By keeping your books organized and up-to-date, you can take control of your finances and make smart business decisions. But before you can do any of that, you need to learn how to set up accounting books for small business.

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Consultations from $50
H V.
  • Startup Consulting
  • Accounting
  • General Legal Advice
  • Legal Applications & Registration

All information for being able to work in The Netherlands as a company, sole proprietor or yourself. This will help you to start up your plan in The Netherlands. I will guide you for insights in VAT, CIT and all regulatory requirements.

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Consultations from $25
Atty. Donna H.
  • Startup Consulting
  • General Legal Advice
  • Legal Applications & Registration
  • Legal Disputes
  • Legal Documents & Contracts
  • Legal Research

Legal advice and consultation on legal issues, laws, rules and regulations in: Information Technology Law Data Protection and Privacy Financial Technology Law E-commerce Law Business Law Corporate Law Partnership Law Labor Law Intellectual Property Law

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Consultations from $60
Jamie P.
  • Startup Consulting
  • Human Resources

I can help you with ideas to strengthen your HR function by hearing your issues and/or vision and pointing you to a starting point or full strategy (depending on the time available).

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Consultations from $50
Matthew W.
  • Startup Consulting
  • General Legal Advice

I can advise on all aspects of intellectual property including patents, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, and other business and invention related topics. I can provide advice and guidance to those in start ups with respect on business and financial decisions as I have represented solo inventors and small companies and worked with solo through large companies on many IP and business issues.

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Consultations from $200

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Startup Consultants Hiring FAQs

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?

You can source startup consultant talent on Upwork by following these three steps:

  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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