What type of expert would I hire to help with business projections and/or business plan?
I have a start up business offering blogging services to photographers and creative professionals - http://fotoskribe.com/ - The business started quickly and is growing fast, but I want to put some projections and goals in place, but numbers are not my thing. Who would help with those things? An accountant, business coach? Thank you in advance for any help and ideas!
Your best bet is a financial professional who has had experience preparing this for businesses. Since you are a small start up, you need a professional who can do the job as a finance outsourcing.
It seems that you have already received a lot of great advice here already so I will make my response brief. Your best best is to seek out a business consultant, preferably one with prior experience in your category.
What about SCORE? Has anyone referred or used their services and had great results?
As a serial entrepreneur, former ad agency owner, investor, and advisor, unless you're putting together a private placement to raise money, I would stay away from CPAs and attorneys for this. I would seek out someone who understands financial modeling, as well as sales and business development. Let me know if you need some help and I can point you in the right direction. Dave Cochran, Seattle
Whoever you choose, be it an accountant or an inside partner, make sure you trust their work, and most importantly that understand how the numbers are being generated. so you can understand profitability from your revenue stream...Think Sales, Profits and Employees in Balance
Richard Stern-Suggest you hire a Business Consultant who works in your niche in your industry.
That person would be familiar with the nuances of your niche and be more sensitive to the business conditions that would affect your business.
Furthermore, as to financial projections this person would have experience with other companies in your industry and would be able to guide you as to product costing and margins that would effect budgets and projections.
Check the Services offered there beside the business and financial planning software. Also Business Coaching on a monthly subscription basis starting at $49. BTW, eventually you will have to learn some financials because you cannot rely on 3rd party for everything relating to money. Strange you did not visit the PlanMagic web site.
A CPA with a background in business valuation is an excellent source. Business Appraisers with a designation such as CVA, ABV and ASA could also assist you with these questions.