What if you could change the way you do business?
If you’re reading this, chances are you're a business owner and leader who has grown a successful business based on your skill and expertise (with a touch of luck, and some metaphorical marathon running along the way). But you never went to business school, and you continue to feel unsure about the business side of your business.
You may feel burnt out.
Or lacking clarity.
Or like none of the solutions or experts you've sought out can speak to your unique vision.
Or that the problems you're trying to solve are a bit too big and complex to figure out on your own.
You want to keep building your vision, do good, and and probably get back to the work you most enjoy, that got you to launch this whole crazy thing to begin with.
You’re asking questions like:
- What’s the best way forward? How do I decide what to do next? (Gah! Priorities!)
- What do the numbers mean? How do I use them? ( not to mention: Can I hire someone? Pay myself / pay myself more? Afford a bigger space or a second location? )
- What’s the right way to hire employees? How do I create a team? How can I treat them well?
- How do those other business owners take vacations and seem so calm?
- When will this start to feel like a real business? Will I ever feel like a "real business person?"
- What's this profit thing that everyone keeps talking about? (Or, I know what this profit thing is... why don't I have any/more/enough of it?)
- There are 5 million things I feel like I should be doing, how do I know which one to do now?
So much of business advice and traditional consulting is about drilling you on the right way to do business. While we believe in best practices, frameworks, and identifying larger patterns (like, did you know all your systems will break the day you hire your 50th employee?), we only believe in guiding you to your best path. Our approach is inquisitive, and ultimately, in service of you, the unique & visionary entrepreneur.
If you're ready for support, growth, and a saner, whole-life approach to building your business, read on for how we can partner.
Who we work with:
Business Owners looking for clarity, sanity, and a path forward.
For solo owners or partners who are doing all or most of the work in your businesses, and long to create a path forward that feels both financially secure and aligned to your vision.
We will work together to align your products & services with profit and care; create better systems and boundaries for working with yourself & your customers or clients; and ensure that your future is not a commitment to burnout.
Small Businesses with big plans that are ready to evolve.
When you've been running your business for some time, and are working to grow to the next level, you know that what got you here will not get you there. We help owners navigate and align the intricate puzzle pieces of money, team, offerings, and systems to reach that new stage.
Our superpower is doing so while helping leaders find more space in their lives and love for their businesses.
The Ambitious & Visionary in need of finance & strategic expertise.
For advanced start ups and existing businesses that need expert eyes, an elegant, yet deadly-serious set of spreadsheets, or a roadmap for the future.
We provide financial decks for capital raises; advise on investment strategy and relationships; and support folks in strategic planning and detailed financial projections.
"I really needed someone to talk to who knew what the hell they were talking about. I needed to hear/know that my business was going to move forward or that it was time to shut it down."
[After working with Wanderwell] I just feel better about being in business (after being severely burned out). Things feel more clear and organized in a way that works for me. Kate didn't try to mold me into someone I'm not - instead, she helped me figure out what would work best for me when it comes to systems, planning, etc.. I'd recommend Wanderwell to any small business owner who is feeling overwhelmed or who is trying to grow their business and take it to the next level.
I now have systems in place that I can work from. I have a set plan for the near future, and a rough plan for the far off future and the tools to refine that rough plan. The budget tool is another huge thing for me. Having someone just lay [the financials] out for me and show me what I need to do and what number to put where - that's a big deal.
For independent business owners and those wanted to tackle a specific conundrum. We'll meet for three sessions over about 8 weeks, and work together to clarify and identify the changes to make to align your business towards financial security. Sometimes all you need is to sit down and come up with a new solution and a plan.
A few of the changes we support independent owners in making:
- Creating financial projections & systems; understanding the financial blueprint and health of your business.
- Pricing and service & product development
- Team building, hiring, and leadership
- Business model design and revenue blockages
- Client agony, boundaries and building better relationships.
- Existential crisis and burnout
3 Month Intensives
For Small Businesses with big plans that are ready to evolve.
Ready for some serious transformation?
Three months of hands-on and focused work to shift your business. A bold vision needs two feet on the earth and a foundation to grow from, and we will start with the vision to work on the foundation. We'll start with digging deep into your vision and identifying a plan to shift your business towards your goals; followed by hands-on guidance and implementation to ensure you get there.
Our intensives are best for those ready to tackle a bigger shift in the way they operate and lead. Intensives are tailored to your individual stage of business and particular goals, and will always include a look under the hood at your numbers. We work with individuals, partners, and collectives & cooperatives and specialize in those moments when you don't really know what to do next and need help working on a few interlocking pieces of your business.
This is about aligning the foundations of your business with your vision for both your company and your life.
We offer ongoing executive advisement packages after we've worked together in a Summit or Intensive.
Financial Analysis & Strategic Planning
We provide financial analysis, projections, and strategic planning support for select companies and advanced start ups. Engagements are customized and currently via referral only.
"Looking back at our original support requests, we were all over the place."
We were looking for financial help, business advice, strategic decision making support, hiring help, etc. That really reminded me where we were back when we began our engagement—confused.
Our work together exceeded my expectations. I had lost sight of my role and what I wanted from my business. I had reached a point where I was burnt out and considering giving up. I was confused and lacked direction. Our work together helped me find direction, and was a great balance of providing advice and giving me the tools to find the answers myself.
Wanderwell has helped us improve our financial tracking and forecasting, better long-term planning/visioning, make difficult decisions around staffing and roles, and put our profit first to help us get back on track.
Kate is an incredibly thoughtful advisor. She is able to see the big picture and serve as a guide to help you come up with solutions to solve your business challenges yourself. Kate won't tell you that she has all the answers, but she'll listen and provide her input/expertise so you can create solutions that work for your company.
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"We wanted help through some growing pains and to get a good clear vision on where we needed to take our business.
[Now] I am able to see the big financial picture very clearly and I feel that though we’ve always had the information, I’m able to see and interact with our financials in a way that is actually empowering and not scary as shit. The numbers mean things! Real things!"
I would absolutely recommend [Wanderwell], especially to companies started by folks who don’t necessarily have a business background. [Know] that they can offer suggestions and expertise but nothing can change unless you actually take the advice.
I wish that we had engaged with [Wanderwell] before to get a more solid footing earlier in the life of the business.
I worked with Kate on strategizing and reworking how I approach and run my business. While in the thick of it, I think it was hard for me to see how much I had actually accomplished working with Kate. I knew I was working hard, answering the questions asked of me and exploring new ways to get to the aspects of my business that were giving me a hard time.
"The big realization came at the wrap up of our work together. I had completely shifted the way I manage my day to day operations and schedule my time."
I found a through line to my service offerings and a bigger vision for why I do the work that I do. Kate is a calming force and listens and problem solves in a way that is collaborative and innovative. It was a pleasure working with her and I can’t wait to continue my growth and work with them again.
HILLARY REA, TELL ME A STORY
Answers to Questions:
What happens next?
First, you'll schedule a call with Kate to talk about your business, why you're doing it, and whether we're a good fit.
We'll send you details for the engagement type that's the best fit for your business; once you're in, we get you on the schedule, set up payment, and start the on-boarding process.
Where do we meet?
Consulting sessions are held via Zoom video or in person at our office in Philly. We work with folks all over the country, as long as you have internet, we can work together.
Have you worked with ____ kind of business before?
You know, probably.
We have worked with an astoundingly broad array of kinds of businesses, which gives us both the wisdom of we've seen it all combined with the ability to cross-pollinate and innovate that comes from having seen the innards of hundreds of different kinds of businesses.
We've worked with high-touch service businesses, store fronts and retail; complex, multi-revenue stream food businesses; designers, developers, and agencies; makers and artists. We know a lot about video production, baking, artisanal food, complex partnerships, and the strange and boozy world of launching liquor brands (to name a couple of things).