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Business model development consultants are people responsible for helping companies identify business weaknesses and challenges and determine relevant solutions. They are very important to the growth and success of any company. 

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What clients usually engage your Business Model Development Consultants?

We work with clients from all over the world. Our clients range from enterprise and corporate clients to companies that are backed by Private Equity or Venture Capital funds. Furthermore, we work directly with Family Offices, Private Equity firms, and Asset Managers. Most of our enterprise clients have dedicated Corporate Development, M&A, and Strategy divisions which are utilizing our pool of Business Model Development talent to add on-demand and flexible resources, expertise, or staff to their in-house team.

How is Fintalent different?

Fintalent is not a staffing agency. We are a community of best-in-class Business Model Development professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Business Model Development talent and are able to provide clients with Business Model Development professionals within 48 hours of first engaging them. We believe that our platform provides more value for Corporates, Ventures, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, and Family Offices.

Our Hiring Process – What do ‘Community-Approach’ and ‘Invite-to-Apply’ mean?

‘Invite-to-Apply’ is the process by which we shortlist candidates for the majority of projects on our platform. Often, due to the confidential nature of our clients’ projects, we do not release projects to our whole platform but using the matching technology and expertise of our internal team we select candidates who are the best fit for our clients’ needs. This approach also ensures engagement with our community of professionals on the Fintalent platform, and is a benefit both to our clients and independent professionals, as our freelancers have direct access to the roles best suited to their skills and are more likely to take an interest in a project if they have been sought out directly. In addition, if a member of our community is unavailable for a project but knows someone whose skill set perfectly fits the brief, they are able to invite them to apply for the role, utilizing the personal networks of each talent on our platform.

Which skills and expertise do your Fintalents have?

The Fintalents are hand-picked and vetted Business Model Development professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our Business Model Development consultants’ experience ranges from 3+ years as analysts at top investment banks and Strategy consultancies, to later career C-level executives. The average working experience is 6.9 years and 80% of all Fintalents range from 3-12 years into their careers.

Our Business Model Development consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Business Model Development talent pool stand out is the fact that they have technical backgrounds in over 2,900 industries.

How does the screening and onboarding of your Business Model Development talent work?

Fintalent.io is an invite-only platform and we believe in the power of referrals and a closed-loop community. Members of our community are able to invite a small number of professionals onto the platform. In addition, our team actively scouts for the best talent who have experience in investment banking or have worked at a global top management consultancy. All of our community-referred talent and scouted talent are subject to a rigorous screening process. As such, over the last 18 months totaling more than 750 hours of onboarding calls, of which only 40% have received an invite-link after the call.

What happens if I am not satisfied with my Business Model Development consultant’s work?

During your initial engagement with a member of our Fintalent talent pool with no risk. If you are not satisfied with the quality of your hire for any reason then we are able to find a replacement at short notice. There is no minimum commitment per project, but generally projects last at least 5 days and can last 12+ months.

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Everything you need to know about Business Model Development

An important part of starting a successful business is determining what problem your business or product will solve and how your business fits in with the market’s needs. This determines if your business will be in demand or not.

Another vital part of starting a business is determining how your business is going to make money. The money your business makes will help sustain and scale that business. This is where a business model comes in. 

What is a business model?

A business model is a plan your business has for making money. It involves delivering value in your target market and making a profit. A complete business model should include the product or service a business offers, the target market the business aims for, and expected business expenses. 

A business model is necessary for both new and existing businesses. A business model helps you structure operations, attract investors, review product features, recruit the right employees and determine the business’s revenue streams. 

As a startup, choosing a business model will help you discover if your business idea is viable and profitable. It can also help guide your overall business operations and strategies. For established businesses, it helps to review your business plan and improve it, adapt your business to changes in the market, and set new business milestones. 

A strong business model involves an understanding of business strategy and operations, customer acquisition and retention, the costs of the business, and the expected revenue streams of the company. 

Who is a business model development consultant?

Business model development consultants are people responsible for helping companies identify business weaknesses and challenges and determine relevant solutions. They are very important to the growth and success of any company. 

Some of the duties of a business model development consultant are:  

  • Oversee and examine the progress and development of new strategies implemented 
  • Carry out analysis in order to discover new market opportunities 
  • Evaluate existing products and services and compare them with competitors
  • Suggest ways of improving customer satisfaction and loyalty
  • Create and present a detailed report to the management

Tools for Business Model Development 

  1. Business model canvas
  1. Minimum viable product 
  1. Lean startup canvas 
  1. Customer exploration map 
  1. Business model framework 

Types of Business Models 

These are a few of the business models you can consider:

  • Retailer business model 
  • Subscription-based business model
  • Freemium business model 
  • Open-source business model 
  • Affiliate business model 
  • Franchise business model 
  • Pay-As-You-Go business model 

Business Model Development Process 

A strong business model answers important questions about your business and describes the vision for the business. The important arms of components of a business model include your target market, essential features of your product, business strengths and challenges, pricing strategy and payment methods. 

Here are some of the processes of business model development:

  1. Define the problem

This is the first step in business model development. As mentioned before, the problem your business is planning to solve is very important to the success of your business. 

Define the problem that people struggle with that you have a solution for and you would’ve taken the first step in developing your business model. 

  1. Define your target market 

Your target market is the people your business or product is specifically for. These are the people who would be interested in your product. They are the people who are experiencing the problem you want to solve. 

For example, if you’re starting a babysitting business, your target market will be parents who need babysitters for their kids. First, you should understand who your target market is. You can craft your product to suit their needs perfectly. 

  1. Understand your product or service 

This business model stage is about fully aligning your offer with their problem. Is your solution exactly what your audience needs? Does your expertise match your product? This is the stage where you tweak your product to match the market’s needs.

  1. Document your needs 

This stage is about documenting your needs in the business. Consider the challenges your company and product will face, including operational difficulties. Document these needs to assess them and determine when your business will be ready to launch. 

  1. Find key partners 

Partners can be the key to your business’ success. The right partner can make your business run smoothly and boost your efficiency. For example, a restaurant may partner with a food delivery service. This sort of partnership can help a company enhance their offer. 

  1. Set monetization solutions 

Your business model isn’t complete until it defines how it will make money. You can choose a business model type from existing models and you can also review your market and client’s needs to determine which model would suit your business best. Also, you can consider what business model your competitors are using as this can help you in choosing the best model for your business. 

  1. Test your model

When you have everything ready, test your model. You can perform soft launches or test surveys. You should ask how people feel paying your price for your services and if they’re satisfied with the entire user experience. 

What is lean startup?

Lean Startup is a method whereby you start a company or introduce a product that consumers already desire. Lean startup is possible by conducting experiments, tests and iterations where consumers make explicit whether they want a product or not. 

This methodology aims to get customer feedback on your product or service while you are still developing it. This ensures that the business owner knows whether or not his product will be in demand. This method prevents you from wasting a lot of time and money. 

The Lean Startup method consists of 3 stages:

  1. Build: You create a fast, cheap version of your business idea and conduct consumer tests.
  1. Measure: Review the results/feedback to validate or nullify your idea. 
  1. Learn: From the data gathered, decide whether to proceed with, revise or discard your business idea. 

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