So, what exactly is Filament’s Small Business Coaching? How does it differ from business consulting?
In the same way that the head coach of a sports team takes a higher-level, on-going, game-time interest in his team, so does a business coach differ from a business consultant. Said another way, retaining us under one of our business coaching packages ensures that we’ll be with you for the long run to help iron out any creases your business may develop.
Still seem vague? Think of it this way; a coach helps you with things like: accountability, clarity of plan, weeding out distraction, focusing on crucial objectives, improving process and follow-up, increasing motivation, decreasing self-sabotage, adding structure to your time management skill set, honing the vision you have for your business, philosophies on how to build and retain a great team and other similar types of issues. Consulting, while also sometimes focused on these types of issues, takes an analytical and results-driven approach to your issues. So, while a coaching engagement may be focused on “I’m not able to keep good people because I HATE to manage… help me!,” a consulting engagement may be focused on “Due to the high demand and low supply of workers in my industry, I require an analysis of our salary and benefits structure to see how we can be more competitive in attracting and keeping qualified workers.”
The advantage of entering into a small business coaching relationship is affordability. Because you’re often pre-purchasing a certain number of hours of our time, you receive a hefty discount! And because coaching is more high-level and less analysis intensive than consulting, not to mention that it’s more easily done via telephone, Skype and email, the savings can really add up.
Of course, once on retainer as your coach, we can always assist with more labor intensive projects like financial check-ups, POS implementations, expansions, financing and the like, and you will receive a discount on those more traditionally labeled consulting services because of your existing relationship with Filament. In other words, we want our relationship to be long lasting and mutually beneficial.