Second challenge Jeanne faced was not having enough money. As a
, she had to get creative. Aside from the cost to form anLLC, she has invested less than $1,000 into the new business. Shealso has hired her two children. They represent Jeanne's shippingdepartment.Her third challenge, and probably the most significant, is that she'san expert on lactation but admits she is not a business person. Herknowledge and gumption got her so far, but when a big HRconsortium came knocking, she knew she needed some help.Jeanne didn't need a $5,000 business plan or a lot of expensivebusiness theory. She needed specific questions answered efficientlyand cost effectively.So she turned to a unique service called
, whichconnects experts with those needing help. Jeanne was familiar withLivePerson and trusted the service because she is a LivePersonlactation expert herself. After looking through LivePerson's smallbusiness expert database and reading reviews, she selected
, a highly reviewed business coach that charges $2per minute (LivePerson typically earns a 38% commission on livechats and 30% on email sessions for most topics).Jeanne asked Clayton pointed questions about what she needed todo in order to partner with the HR consortium. Clayton, she says,was a huge help. She said she "would be lost" without Clayton'sguidance. Because she works her side business "after hours," sheloves that she can initiate a live chat with Clayton until the weehours of the night and get answers she needs.With very little time, money, or business acumen, Jeanne's successis inspiring. She is signing the deal with the HR group and projectsgross revenues of nearly $2 million this year. And because of herrecent success, she has three different investors willing to coverany up-front costs her business will face as the HR partnershiptakes hold. Should she take the investor's money? Sounds like aquestion for Clayton...