A Niche or an Ocean?: A Consultant’s Muddled Message December 6, 2019 Last week I was on the phone with a consultant ready to launch his practice. “Who do you serve?,” I asked him. “Businesses between $5 million and $50 million in sales,” he replied. “That’s not a niche,” I told him. “That’s an ocean.”…

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“Should I Price My Service Lower When I’m Starting Out?” November 12, 2019 This question comes up frequently when I speak to student entrepreneurs or owners of new businesses. I recently got this question from a business school student who said he wanted to start a consulting business. It’s an understandable question, but it comes…

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When Clients Brag April 23, 2019 I was discussing engagement options with a potential client not long ago. We got to the point where I reviewed my pricing for those different options. “Hmmm,” she said as she looked up. “I’m on a non-profit board,” she continued, “and recently we were reviewing proposals from several consultants,”…

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