Our society has a tendency to view entrepreneurs almost like modern day mythological heroes. We see people like Mark Cuban or Richard Branson as these beings capable of doing extraordinary things unmatched by us mere humans.
But the truth is that successful entrepreneurs are normal people just like you. They have 24 hours to eat, breathe, and sleep. They worry, they screw up, they struggle with bills (OK, maybe not Mark Cuban).
But the one thing all successful entrepreneurs have in common is this—their willingness to experiment, take risks, and learn new skills.
At Foundr, we’re dedicated to helping our extended family of entrepreneurs do just that, and there are few better examples of this in action than the five founders we’re highlighting today. After enrolling in our courses, they’ve made the leap, found success, and came back to tell us how they did it.
Some of them launched their consulting businesses from scratch, without any previous experience, and raked over six figures in less than a year. Others took their existing agencies and increased their sales over 1,000%.
Without further delay, check out how they made it, so you too can start your own consulting business.
Business: The Foundry Group
Service: Management consulting
What do all successful consultants have in common? Expertise. In the 15 years he worked in his family’s business, Gavin Symes took it from three to 160 employees, worked with over 60,000 customers, and generated revenues above A$S100 million.
He knew a lot about business growth and management, but he lacked a clear idea of how he’d take his existing knowledge and transform it into a profitable consulting business.
After enrolling in our course, Gavin took all the action steps laid out in the course—from validating his service to developing a lead-generation machine—and built his consulting business from scratch. Just three-and-a-half months after he took the course, he had closed 10 clients, generating over $50,000 of monthly revenue.
Not only did he build the income he had dreamed of, but he also stopped feeling stressed and gained a new appreciation for his work.
If you’re on the fence, and you don’t know whether you should do this course, I’m telling you right now, 100% you should do it. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t. Give it a go. If you do exactly what the course says, the results you will get are just amazing.
Danielle Roberts, Shea Kucenski
Business: Tail of Two Creatives
Services: Website design and digital marketing
The first step to becoming a successful consultant is being an expert; the second is to know how to acquire clients. Having worked for over 10 years in the industry, Danielle Roberts was already a web design and digital marketing pro. Her problem was that her business was stuck. As she said, her business’s growth was “slow, if not stagnant at times.” Clients trusted her and were happy about her work, but she needed new clients.
After she signed up for our course, she followed everything she learned in the course and took massive action, leading to impressive results.
In only two months, they closed 20% of all of the proposals they sent out. They also doubled their earnings in the last month and this month they’re just shy of reaching their first $10,000 month.
Just like Gavin, Danielle was able to achieve such growth thanks to her action-focused mentality and overcoming the perfectionist approach so many entrepreneurs face.
If I could express it in one word as a new business owner, I feel relief after taking the course. Because thanks to him, I no longer have to stay paralyzed with fear of failure.
Service: Integral management consulting
The decision of becoming a consultant is exhilarating—you’re taking the risk of starting your own business with your skills and knowledge, breaking free from the shackles of corporations and bosses. Soon after the consulting business starts, a critical question arises:
“How do I get my first clients?”
Sure, it’s exciting to start a consulting business, but to have one, you need clients. You also need a basic positioning statement, a basic marketing plan, and much more. There’s a lot to decide, and you can get easily overwhelmed. That’s the situation Julian was facing before he signed up for the course.
Earlier this year, I was about to start my own consultancy business, but I did not know where to start, exactly. I felt a bit overwhelmed with all of the different aspects of a new business.
Thirty days after he enrolled in the course, he attracted new clients worth over $10,000, changing his professional life forever.
Business: Growth Unleashed
Service: Online marketing services
Running a business that grows organically through word of mouth is one of the best situations a consultant can ask for. Such was the situation for Marc Day, the founder of Growth Unleashed, a digital marketing agency for doctors, dentists, and lawyers.
In contrast with Julian’s situation, Marc’s concern wasn’t his current customers—his business was doing fine—but his business’s future. Located in Coventry, a British city with a bit over 300,000 inhabitants, he knew his referrals couldn’t grow indefinitely.
Before I took on the Foundr course, I was 100% reliant on referrals and I really didn’t know from one moment to the next how many clients I was gonna bring on.
Consultants often aspire to have certainty over their future earnings, to know their income won’t change if a client leaves or takes a vacation. That was Marc’s goal. He wanted to attract more business opportunities, consistently.
Soon after he took the course, his business shifted. He learned about the power of online sales funnels, how they work, and how to implement them, which helped him acquire new leads and customers and generate more revenue.
Service: Web development and marketing
As an ambitious consultant, Gordon had it all: a successful business with many high-quality clients he could rely on and a sizable amount of revenue. His ambitious goal, however, was to cross the £1 million mark, and for 14 years, he hadn’t been able to hit it.
Something had to change. After he signed up for the course, he learned about value-based pricing, lead generation, and many more tactics that helped him take his monthly revenue from £38.500 to £61.900.
Thanks to his increased revenue, Gordon is closer to achieving his million-pound goal and taking his business to greater success.
You can really start to plan a little bit better, and that takes a lot of pressure off you month to month. Turnover’s up about 15%, that’s a work in progress, but we’re getting close to that 1 million pound mark for the end of our fiscal year in April.
These five entrepreneurs are living proof that it doesn’t take a lot of money, connections, or mythical abilities to start a business. With the right knowledge, you can start your own consulting business and follow in the footsteps of these founders.
While we can’t promise you the exact same results, we can guarantee this: experience and professional growth.
The experience of launching and growing your own business will transform you into one of the many modern day heroes that work every day to innovate, create value, and solve the world’s problems.