- Harpenden, GB
- £65 /hr
- Available now
Launching and running your own business is tough. You’ve got big ambitions, but there are so many decisions to make, so many distractions, and so many things you could be doing.more...Launching and running your own business is tough. You’ve got big ambitions, but there are so many decisions to make, so many distractions, and so many things you could be doing. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, a little bit lonely or completely lost. It’s hard to know where to focus your time and energy. So, you carry on doing what you were doing. But, growth is slow, painfully slow.
It’s OK. You’re not alone.
Imagine having someone to help you move forwards; an experienced mentor on hand to give you expert advice, motivation and a fresh perspective whenever you need it. Like your very own guardian angel sitting on your shoulder.
Often, a fresh pair of eyes – combined with another brain, is the secret to regaining control and moving your business onwards and upwards.
I'm an experienced business consultant, specialising in helping start-ups, freelancers and small businesses to grow and make more money. (* read more about my experience at the bottom of the page)
Work with me on a one to one basis and I can help you:
- Clarify your big picture and objectives
- Focus on big-impact priority areas
- Identify new revenue streams
- Generate new product ideas
- Create marketing strategies to help you spread the word
- Select tools and apps to help you streamline processes and work smarter
- Understand possible sources of funding
- Provide a second opinion on big business decisions
- Be a fresh pair of eyes on everything from press releases to web design
- Create an easy to follow action plan
I'll be your sidekick, sounding board, motivator, source of inspiration and fresh ideas and all round business buddy.
During our initial conversation we will discuss the challenges you're facing and identify the main areas of focus going forwards.
You'll be amazed at how much progress we can make in just one session!
Following on from this initial session, I can mentor you on an ongoing basis, and continue to help you develop and grow your business. I'm looking forward to working with you over the course of many months - like your very own start-up sidekick- and really helping you take your business to new heights!
- My approach is friendly and straightforward. I'm good at making business easy to understand - no jargon, and no fluff whatsoever.
- I'm very flexible- if there are areas you'd like to focus on in particular, you can of course let me know.
- I love working with businesses and sharing my expertise. It gives me a real buzz. Expect my energy, passion and enthusiasm to rub off on you!
The nitty gritty
Each session will last one hour
Sessions take place over Skype
Times available during daytime and early evening GMT
You're probably wondering who on earth I am! Well, in case you're looking for proof that I know what I'm on about, here are a selection of testimonials from people I've worked with:
“Unless you have met Nadia you may not have come across someone like her before. Generating an idea that you wished you'd come up with, doing something about it and then giving it back to you (and that's before the biscuits are open) - is not an uncommon occurrence. She's smart, fun and unexpected and will bring something special to any project.”
Jeremy Hill, Henderson Kite
“Nadia is a ray of sunshine both as a person and as a professional. I always enjoy working with people with integrity, charm, skill and passion. Nadia has buckets of all of those. We had a great time working together and I would always work with her in the future.”
Zacchary Falconer-Barfield, The Perfect Gentleman & Entrepreneur
“Nadia is an ideas-driven person who approaches everything with huge creativity and enthusiasm. She's a great networker and is passionate about small business and entrepreneurship.”
Emily Cleaver, Freelance writer, content creator and copywriter
“Nadia is an inspiration and an inventive female entrepreneur. She has helped me focus on my skill set so that I was able to take my business to another level and achieve greater success. I would highly recommend her consultancy.”
Jessica Valentine, Founder at Relationshiz
“Nadia, is a brilliant person to brainstorm a new media strategy as she's always one step ahead of how to get to achieve your goal using a new time saving method or system she's developed online. She's extremely easy to talk to and explains what can seem 'geeky' content in an engaging and useful way.”
Natalie B, British female voiceover, Breakfast show Presenter, Podcast and Audio content creator
“Nadia is a talented individual who is full of creative ideas. Motivated and dedicated to everything that she does, Nadia is great to work with. She is easy to get on with and very approachable.”
Cheryl Luzet, SEO and usability consultant at Wagada
“Nadia is a bright spark. That's all that really needs to be said. But to elaborate slightly, she has real energy and enthusiasm for new ideas and a very practical side, which ensures ideas turn into action. Nadia has that rare entrepreneurial streak where she has an idea and does something with it, rather than park it.”
John O'Sullivan, Group Marketing Director at Key Travel & Founder and Chair at Ten2Two
“Nadia is extremely creative, innovative and offers simple solutions to enable businesses to do what they do best. A great mind to pick!”
Sue Wybrow, Owner, Popdance
“I was looking for a way to organise my growing photography and filmmaking business; an inexpensive but effective set of tools that would help me organise my invoicing, clients, bookings, contracts and tasks. Nadia listened carefully to my requirements and came back with the perfect solution. I thoroughly recommend a Smartli session - it will save you time and money and help you focus on doing what you do best.”
Michelle Becker, Director - Pink Soul Pictures Ltd.
“Nadia shares her extensive real-world experience as a serial entrepreneur with small businesses and start ups. She is perfectly placed to do so, having set up and run several successful ventures of her own. A published author, and coal face innovator, Nadia has a rare breadth of experience and first hand know-how.”
Victoria Mirauer, Director at The Ideas Machine
“Nadia is charming to work with and very passionate about helping her clients promote their business objectives. She is genuinely interested in my business and is great at making me feel like a valued client. I would highly recommend Nadia.”
Galia Orme, founder of CHOC CHICK
“Thank you so much Nadia for working with us. We felt completely stuck with no clear brand before, and you helped us come up with the most wonderful vintage-inspired concept. Our customers love it, we love it, and our business is growing from strength to strength. We love what you’ve helped us with so far and can’t wait to get onto the next bit of creating the buzz in the local area!”
Rebecca Page, Pages Salons
“Why do I love Nadia Finer’s work? Hmm… maybe it’s her frightening intelligence and terrific brain for new ideas, maybe it’s her quirky take on life, brands, the universe, or maybe it’s just her ready wit and the fact that I always walk away from one of our conversations smiling. She’s smart. She’s provocative. But, most of all, she’s got a big heart. If that doesn’t make a consummate professional small business mentoring, then tell me what does?!…”
Laura Gelder Robertson, Glow Innovation
“I loved hearing your vision for how far I could take my business. You are an incredible inspiration to work with, so full of enthusiasm and passion. The thought of having you on board, steering me even higher than I can imagine for myself, fills me with excitement about the future.”
Ronit Gerber, The Smile System
*A BIT MORE ABOUT ME
I have many years’ experience working in marketing and innovation for brands such as Johnson & Johnson, NIVEA, Avon, The Body Shop and the National Lottery.
I am passionate about supporting entrepreneurial businesses grow using my marketing, insight and branding skills. In this capacity, I’ve worked with all manner of businesses from hair salons, street food vendors, diet meal delivery services to period information packs for young girls!
Unlike many consultants, I have first hand experience of starting and growing a business. I’m passionate about entrepreneurship, and have dedicated many years to helping support small businesses.
To help female entrepreneurs grow their businesses I set up the More To Life Than Shoes support network. With groups around the country as well as an online hub, over the years I was able to help many hundred of women grow their businesses.
I am a UK Ambassador for Female Entrepreneurship and an enthusiastic keynote speaker who inspires women and girls of all ages to believe in themselves, aim high and turn their aspirations into action. I really enjoy my work as a regular speaker at schools across the country as well as at networking events for entrepreneurs.
Following on from More To Life Than Shoes I created Media Darlings Consulting Ltd – a boutique PR agency helping small business owners to get the press coverage they deserve. During my time as MD, we grew from a one man band a buzzing little agency. We worked with over 50 small businesses, helping them create compelling brand strategies and achieve excellent levels of press coverage.
In August 2013 I made the decision to sell my share in the business, in order to focus on my consultancy business.
As part of the work I did with More To Life Than Shoes, I co-wrote a book to help encourage women everywhere to achieve their ambitions.
More To Life Than Shoes; How to Kick Start Your Career and Change Your Life. (by Nadia Finer and Emily Nash, published by Hay House)
More recently I have written The Starters Manifesto - a hands on guide designed to help students start their own businesses.
Business consultant, start up mentor, business coach and writer (published author) specialising in small businesses