Hello from The College Admissions Consultant
by caccounselor1, Window Shopper
- Created: April 28, 2013, 11:11 am
- Updated: April 29, 2013, 10:03 am
Our company was created in 2003, but it was not till 2007 that we opened our doors. We have continue to create new ideas throughout the recession, but find that while our business is basically word of mouth, marketing has been a major challenge, especially when you are on a shoe string! We are a college admissions consulting firm. We work with students who are looking to go to college and earn a BA. We work with top tier/early action, early decision choices, athletes, international students, learning differences, gap year programs, BS/MD programs, Fine/Performing Arts programs, at risk and first generation students, not to mention offer two types of financial aid programing to help families with the FAFSA and get student grants and subsidized loans. We have been working with the SBDC in Santa Monica, and they have helped us redirect some of our techniques, but the one thing that is most disruptive is that when something goes a little wrong, they turn you off for two weeks, which breaks the rhythm of your efforts and you begin to look at other means of making things happen. They have been a wealth of information. The business is like a freight train right now. The engines are on, and the movement is happening, but it is slow to get going. There are so many costs involved... and making the legal, accounting, marketing, insurance, and business plan all work. Its when the money gets tight, the company needs to hire people, get a new location, and build, it is the gears get stuck. I need to get operating capitol.... and have this corporation stand on its own merits. There are tools we need to make things work efficiently, tools that will help grow the business.... and while there are tons of families looking for help.. getting the word out is really tough!!!! We need guidance from the SBA. We need to grow, and we need to bring in business from a population that is protected.. students.
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