Well, the 5 hour consultation went well.
5 hours, and he bought me lunch. Not too bad. I really enjoyed it, too.
I may invest more time in this ‘help-other-people-transform-their-business’ for money stuff…
I appreciated the suggestions pre-meeting, too, from y’all.
Heres a suggestion to you big-city, successful window cleaners:
Consider offering a one-time-only lunch meeting to small window cleaning professionals who are trying to get their business going. Dont tell them everything, but let them in on some of the secret stuff that you’re doing thats working for your business, and that can help them out.
I’m thinking of doing that around here, and calling it the “$300 lunch”, or something like that, and advertising it discreetly, right on the website, since SOOOO many of my competitors are always wandering around my site, anyway, but, alas, I have already said too much…As far as holding some stuff back with the gentleman who was my first official business consulting client, I really held almost nothing back. I gave him a full-blown look at all the stuff I do that works, why it works, and how he can imitate it all. However, I did make him sign a written document stating that he could only apply these strategies to his own cleaning business (6 hours away), and that he may NEVER redistribute any of the info I shared with anyone for a single penny. I doubt he would, anyway, but its smart to be safe.
With respect to this lunch idea, though, before anyone gets mad about ‘giving away all your secrets’, remember that you probably have MANY secrets to your success. Share a little milk, but don’t give away the the cow, for sure. Of course, if someone offers you a sweet price for your cow, bye bye Bessy.