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FAQs

Why do I need a business plan?

A business plan is a tool that is used for different purposes. Whether it’s for internal management use or looking for external funds, the plan will be written differently. A business plan helps sort out the collection of thoughts and puts them down on paper. The thoughts are clarified, focused and associated with a numeric value such as the cost of expansion or bring a new product to market.

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Can I write my own business plan?

Certainly, we recommend that all of our clients write their own first draft. This helps the entrepreneur focus in on a desired outcome of their business. There are many templates available for assisting you in writing as business plan as well as sources for market research. Research is the keystone to any business plan. This is where you can expect to spend most of your time with gathering information that proves you have opportunities in the market and that your business expansion or new product plans will be a success.

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Why do I need a consultant?

Consultants are experienced in all aspects of business and business planning. Many entrepreneurs shine in a few areas and that is how it comes across in that business plan. Consultants identify weak areas and build a plan of action to address these needs. Consultants also have a network of investors that are willing to look at a plan. Many of these investors only deal with referrals from their consultant because they know that the business plan has been screened and written in the format that they are accustomed to viewing.

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How do I find a good consultant?

Consultants can be found in many ways. You can find them listed on Web sites, in the Yellow Pages and come as a referral from your lawyer and accountant. You should then interview the consultant to determine if their work ethic, philosophy, ideas, experience and are they competent to do the job.

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What types of services can I expect from Donato Consulting?

Donato Consulting Inc. helps businesses develop a plan for current and future growth. We specialize in developing business, strategic and marketing plans. Our experience has shown that most entrepreneurs are overwhelmed with the day-to-day business operations that hinder the implementation of strategies outlined in the plan. To address this need, we have created a consulting team that concentrates on delivering direct assistance to help get the business in order and then proceeding with the implementation of the plan. This assistance usually lasts for six months but can be extended based on the customer needs and complexity of the company’s goals.

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Does Donato Consulting offer its services outside Arizona?

Donato Consulting has written business plans for clients coast-to-coast and has performed on-site management services within Arizona with plans to expand this service throughout the Southeastern US.

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What are your credentials?

Donato Consulting has a team of individuals with business knowledge where each are experts in their own area but work collectively as a team to bring their wealth of knowledge to the aid if your business. No one person can be an expert in every aspect of business so our team approach give our clients access to experts all in one location.

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Can you supply me with references?

Donato Consulting provides contact information for clients that we have worked with over the past year. You are free to call any or all of the contacts that we provide.

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How do I know that my business with you will remain confidential?

We sign a confidentiality statement with all of our clients and are serious in our commitment to abiding by ethics and strict code of conduct.

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How much does it cost?

Costs vary on the scope of work to be performed and the client’s budget. Comprehensive business plans can range from $4,000 to $25,000. Consulting fees range from $100 to $250 per hour. These prices are cost-effective when based on the knowledge and expertise of the team performing the work. Prices are customized to the specific needs of your business and can be regained through the application of Donato Consulting Inc.’s tried and true business methods.

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How do I get started?

Donato Consulting will conduct a phone interview and if accepted we will perform an on-site visit to outline the scope of work and expectations of both parties. This process culminates in reviewing a proposal and signing a formal contract.

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