I have an active start up practice and have been very successful at it. My approach and compensation practice are more creative and flexible than most consultants in the field. I have worked on 20 startups including launching four successful startups myself. I especially like early stage startups. They are the most fun and provide the most reward for unique strategy development and hands on implementation.
Every start up needs, a financial plan, business plan, product development strategy, fund raising and pitch development, market research, sales plan, business structure approach, board development and executive recruitment plan. I usually start by offering to do selected pieces of any of the above items. I get paid well enough for that work. The last two start up consulting clients liked my work so well that they made an offer for me to join the executive team. One was a manufacturing start up that offered me the position of Chief Operations Officer on a three year contract. Another was a hi-tech company that hired me as the COO for a one year period. A third one offered me the position of CEO on a three year contract. All of these positions I accepted. When you count the management offers as part of my start up revenue, the total compensation was quite lucrative.