Business Strategy & Support
About 50% of all new businesses fail within the first five years, that doesn't include companies headed towards bankruptcy. Business isn't for the faint-hearted and it's certainly not easy! If you're new to business, or struggling to make more than £75k p/a then let us help you.
Are you prepared to flip a coin to determine the outcome of your business? Your first five years are everything, statistics don't lie and the message is clear. You gain nothing by winging it.
Don't most new business owners start out on their own?
Yes they do! Which is the main reason roughly 50% of all new businesses fail within their first five years.
Carrying out your own research into why so many businesses fail will reveal plenty of detailed explanations. The long and short of it is that business owners without the right guidance make bad decisions in the early stages that harm their business. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but not when it's applied to previous decisions you made when trying to figure out what went wrong!
If you're just starting out on your own, or you're struggling to make £75k per year with your business and you've been going it alone without any significant input from other professionals then we can almost certainly help. If you're on the fence about whether you need this kind of support, read on, the next bit is just for you :)
FREE Business Advice Live Chat
Give us a try! Everyone gets one free question and we'll do our best to answer it thoroughly. Open up the live chat box in the bottom right and test us out. Ask some questions and challenge your own beliefs. The people who need us the most often don't realise it. If you ask a great question, or we just like you, we may even answer a few more questions for free!
Whether your business is new or old, small or large, growing fast or falling behind, you're probably wondering what should you be doing next. We can help answer any business strategy, branding, web development or marketing question - What have you got to lose?
Strategy & Ideas Session
You might be confident in your plans. Perhaps you've carried out your own research or you've done this before. Even still, you need someone who can play devil's advocate with you and bounce ideas around. People working in isolation, who do not confide in or take advice from other professionals, are at a huge disadvantage in business.
Some ideas are great, some aren't. We can help you establish and weigh up the pros and cons of your business idea, support your reasearch efforts or analyse a potential new direction for your existing business. We'll ask you to send over details of what you want to discuss, so that we can spend as much time as possible giving you value, and then talk through your thoughts, ideas, questions and concerns over a 2 hour call or meeting (if local or prepared to travel to West Sussex). If there's anything we can't answer during the call, or we offer to carry out some research, we'll follow up within 7 days to share what we've learned.
New Business Owner Coaching
For the ambitious business owner who doesn't want to waste any time climbing to the top, this is for you. Our personal coaching plan will teach you how to avoid all the mistakes newbies make, and pay dearly for. Your first five years of business will be a lot simpler, less stressful and you'll achieve more success.
If you're going it alone, have never run your own business before or you're struggling to generate more than £75k per year then it's going to cost you a lot more than we're charging, through mistakes and bad decisions, to not get the support and guidance you need right now.
Over 6x 1 hour sessions we'll cover:
- Exploring the pros and cons of your planned or existing business model
- Establishing whether there's enough demand for your products or services
- The core skills, traits, behaviours and personal strengths of a successful business owner
- How your personal goals and ambitions should affect the structure of your business
- Assessing and planning for any current or future risks to your business
- Keeping stress at a minimum and profits at a maximum
Repositioning Your Business
We can also help if your existing business has been around for a while and it needs an injection of fresh ideas and ambitious long term goals. If your business is unable to grow, struggling to deal with competition from disruptive new start-ups or your industry is becoming more and more difficult to operate in, your strategy and the core of your business needs to change. We can help redefine your business and explore new opportunities to innovate, modernise andOver 8x 1 hour sessions we'll cover:
- Analysing & confirming the real reasons behind the lack of business success
- Understanding what's been tried in the past and why it didn't work (usually not what you think!)
- Analysing the supply, demand, competition and current/future growth of your industry
- Defining your brand, understanding its core audience and exploring their needs/wants
- Exploring alternative business models with the same products/services
- Exploring new business models with a different but relevant set of products/services
- Identifying and implementing counter measures for current and future business risks
- Creating a long term, step by step plan to help you reposition your business
Need help understanding what direction to take your business in?
Digital Marketing Involves...
Social Account Management
Social Account Management
What our clients say about us
I love my new website from Square One! Sean and the team worked closely with me to understand what I wanted and needed to happen with my website. The feedback I've had has been really great. The Square One team also did my logo which looks very smart (I even had someone who works in graphic design compliment me on it saying how much better than what I had before!). Sean is also very transparent about costs, so as a business owner I knew exactly what to expect.
I had been really badly let down by a previous company when I asked them to build our new website, it turns out they just wanted my money. Sean and the Square One team were a true breath of fresh air. They shared my passion, helped me understand what I needed, worked with my budget and gave me everything I was looking for. Communication was always open and clear, helping me to understand the pros and cons of each decision. They are now helping me to grow my business, looking at SEO, blog posts and continuous website development. It’s so great now that I’ve finally found a partner I can trust and know that they are working with my best interests at heart – THANK YOU I cannot recommend you guys enough!
Square One were keen to spend time and effort understanding every aspect of my project in order to create a brand and website and mobile app that reflected both my music and spirit. The Square One team listened, learned, developed ideas and ultimately created a website which for me, has clarity, vision, originality and a wonderfully uplifting feel. Whilst building my Sound Healing Cards App Sean and his team were empathetic, dedicated to creating high-quality work and tireless in their capacity to iron out technical problems and accommodate my requirements. Sean and his team are a delight to work with in every way.
I have hired Square One several times to design a number of branded items for my business, both online and off. Sean and his team are great listeners. Their work is precise, quick, clear and they have a high level of integrity towards the work. They have the expert knowledge to justify standing their ground and being absolutely right when it comes to how people connect with design and branding. If you need any kind of visual branding, Square One is your agency.
We were delighted with the branding work Sean and his team have done for our Events & Wedding Planning Business. When it came to layout ideas, helping us choose between different fonts and guiding the design process everything was spot on and we couldn't have been happier. Overall the work Sean and Square One Digital produced looked great, was cost effective and really helped us look like a much more professional business.
The Square One team are ambitious and very knowledgeable about creating great user interfaces. Sean and his team give unique and high quality feedback on user interfaces and are adept at applying their excellent working knowledge. When they start a task, they do it properly.
Sean and the team at Square One Digital are tremendously accessible and had many great ideas for improving my site, my professionalism, and my brand. They are clearly hard workers who are very knowledgeable about web design, SEO, and performance. They are also very flexible in terms of working with client schedules and changes to projects.
As organisers for Sussex Day we wanted to engage a young Sussex company for our branding and design so we could showcase their talent. Square One Digital had to deliver a visual style that didn't play to stereotypes and incorporated something unexpected without being complicated. Not easy! They really understood the brief, working quickly and effectively to come up with unique and creative concepts. If you're looking for business-like creativity, try Square One. You won't be disappointed.
We started working with Square One Digital on the initial design and work-flows of our new mobile app. Sean managed the project, he and his team were great to work with. It was our first time in the mobile app world and we were guided through the process of planning and design very professionally. Their collaborative nature and experience really helped us deliver a strong MVP to market, on time and on budget.
We deal with Sean regular here at Steadlands, he is nothing but a pleasure to work with and always goes above and beyond the call of duty to provide an excellent and comprehensive service.
Square One Digital know everything there is to know about hosting on Wordpress and are extremely reliable and professional. Most of all they are responsive. Sean responds to all queries and requests promptly and professionally, whatever time of the day or week, and really values his long term relationships between his agency and clients. He takes the time to go the extra distance. Their creative streak is not to go unnoticed either: they designed a series of illustrations for my website which have attracted numerous positive comments. Overall I recommend them very highly.