Small Business and Marketing Consultants for
When You Are Short of Cash, Time, or Know-How

"It's No Fun
Running Your Own Business
When There's So Much to Do,
And No Time to Do It"

Ever feel like a one-arm wallpaper hanger?
Then congratulations,
you're a small business person!

John Rust Consulting specializes in small business management and marketing. We work closely with small business owners who want to get the basics right to best utilize the scarce resources of their small enterprises.

A solid foundation and your hard work determines your business' success. Many small businesses fail because the owners dont get the basics right.

Small businesses are faced with unique challenges. These challenges require solutions appropriate for a small business and its limited resources. Some of the key factors among these challenges that contribute to your success are keeping overhead low, avoiding direct competition, maintaining pricing and margins, understanding your costs, and very important, maintaining a positive cash flow and cash availability.

Small Business in Maine

Maine's small businesses face even more challenges. Not only must you watch the basics like every other business, you must pay attention to higher regulatory burdens, higher taxes, bureaucratic delays, high energy costs, and state and local government that often seems unfriendly to business owners.

And while Maine's workers are generally loyal and hard working, they often lack appropriate training and can be quite scarce in rural areas.

If you are looking for more information about state and local government business programs, visit our Maine government business resources page.

Jack of All Trades

Whether you are just starting out, expanding or having financial difficulties, the sooner you start tackling your situation and concerns, the sooner you will reach your goals.

Even though you may be a small business, you still must cover the entire range of basic business functions. Our small business consulting services involve many of the following areas to meet your needs:

Marketing & Sales:

  • Marketing Plans
  • Market Analysis
  • Product & Service Development
  • Advertising & Sales Promotions
  • Website Development
  • Website Marketing
  • Trade Shows
  • Pricing Analysis
  • Competitor Analysis
  • Opinion Surveys
  • Sales Rep & Dealer Expansion

Financial Difficulties & Bankruptcies:

  • Cash Management
  • Cash Flow Projections
  • Cost Controls
  • Down-sizing
  • Interim Management
  • Workout Plans
  • Restructuring
  • Business Plans
  • Breakeven Strategies
  • Cost Reduction Programs
  • Cash Generation

Financial Management:

  • Budgeting
  • Financial Statements
  • Cash Management
  • Cash Flow Budgets
  • Cost Controls
  • Inventory Control
  • Working Capital Management
  • Profitability Analysis
  • Product Costing & Pricing
  • Breakeven Analysis

Business & Strategic Planning:

  • Business Plans
  • Budgets
  • Goals
  • Objectives
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Market Analysis
  • Market Shifts & New Competitors

Business Development & Acquisitions:

  • Deal Analysis
  • Pricing & Valuation
  • Marketing Evaluation & Due Diligence
  • Proforma Financial Analysis
  • Interim Management

Business Start-Up & Expansion:

  • Business Plan
  • Market Analysis
  • Financial Projections
  • Cash Flow Budget
  • Capital Requirements
  • Interim Management

Manpower Planning:

  • Manpower Projections
  • Hiring & Recruiting
  • Training
  • Skills Analysis
  • Productivity Analysis
  • Company & Employment Policy Manuals

"Call Now to Arrange a Free Consultation"

Or click here to send me an E-mail, and I will call you. Let's get to know each other, and discuss some of your most pressing problems, during a brief, confidential, visit in your office. I will freely share my ideas with you, even though there is no charge for this meeting, and no obligation.

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