1. If you're looking for people to "yes" you, there are plenty of other consulting firms who will be happy to take your money.
Our job is not to tell you what you want to hear - it's to give you the information and advice you need to build a successful business. While we'll never tell you that your idea will fail or that you shouldn't quit your day job, we will tell you how much time and money we think it will take to make your dream a reality and the obstacles that you'll face along the way. So, before you walk out the door because we "just don't get it," remember that we're not your shrink or your mother - just a bunch of hard-working entrepreneurs who've been there and done it.
2. If you're looking to raise $25 million at a $250 million valuation, get into your time machine and head back to 1999.
We pride ourselves on digging into our clients' businesses to gain an in-depth understanding of their business models and the underlying assumptions that make them tick. This way, we can help you develop realistic sales and earnings forecasts that will give you a roadmap for future growth and profitability. While these projections may not always result in the highest possible valuation at the outset, we'd rather see you hit your milestones and make a profit than miss your numbers and get diluted once you've burned through your cash and need to go to the VCs for another handout. We've seen that movie before, and the ending isn't pretty.
3. If you like to sit on your invoices and haggle over fees, there's a big law firm with a Park Avenue office that would be happy to oblige you.
As experienced business owners, we've built the kind of no-nonsense professional services firm that we'd like to hire ourselves. This means that, when you pay us a retainer to start work on a business plan, market analysis or other consulting project, we'll keep detailed and accurate timesheets and let you know exactly how many hours we've spent and how many hours you have left to go. And, because we collect our full retainer upfront and won't put in any additional hours until you tell us to, you'll never be surprised by a big bill that you never agreed to pay. This way, we don't need to hire a finance department to chase down past-due bills and we can continue to charge our clients affordable prices.
4. If you're looking for people who care as much about your business as you do, you’ve found them.
At Bond/Wooley, our goal is not to sell you a business plan or a sales and marketing project. It's to become your "virtual partner," the trusted, independent advisor that you turn to for all your business needs. That's why we routinely go above and beyond the scope of our engagements to make our clients happy. And that's why more than a third of the clients who come to see us once come back for additional consulting services. We're not just looking for a one-shot project -- we're looking for a place at the table. From the day that you start your business to the day that you book that first big order, sell your company for millions of dollars or complete your IPO, we'll be there.