Frequently Asked Questions

Asking questions in business is inevitable, and we understand that. At Your Business Advisor, we proactively share our frequently asked questions to help you get ahead of the competition.

Your Frequently Asked Questions Answered

Your Business Advisor offers a variety of services to support your business needs. We specialize in business strategy, financial planning, operations consulting, marketing performance, recruitment processes, and more. In addition, we offer invaluable insights into market trends, customer behavior, and digital transformation. Our mission is to give your business the best chance to thrive.

At Your Business Advisor, we don’t just give advice – we partner with you for success. We’ll help you refine your business strategy, improve financial planning, optimize your operations, and boost your marketing performance. We’ll work together to identify your target customers, refine your pricing, and develop effective sales skills. Therefore our ultimate goal is to help your business achieve long-term profitability and growth.

Your Business Advisor has a special affinity for Main Street businesses – from startups to growing small businesses. We commit to providing affordable solutions for the diverse challenges of running a business. We don’t target large corporations or enterprises; instead, we aim to make a significant impact where our advice genuinely matters. Rick James, the founder and president of Your Business Advisor, established the company with a singular aim: to use his five decades of experience and knowledge to help fellow entrepreneurs not just survive but truly thrive in their business journeys.

We kick off our collaboration with a free 60-minute call to understand your business needs and goals. From there, we tailor our approach based on what we’ve learned. Our sessions are pay-as-you-go, offering flexibility without long-term commitments. We provide 30-minute sessions for $125 and 60-minute sessions for $250, making it easy for you to get the right amount of support when you need it.

Absolutely personalized! We believe that each business is unique, with its own set of challenges and opportunities. Therefore, we reject the one-size-fits-all approach. We tailor our advice and strategy to fit your business needs, industry trends, and company goals, as a result, by working withYour Business Advisor, you get a partner who truly understands your business and provides custom strategies for success.

Rick brings five decades of experience in business ownership, administration, and advising. His journey has been marked by the start-up, purchase, management, and sale of various businesses. These rich and varied experiences, coupled with years dedicated to studying and serving as an associate broker, have honed Rick’s skills and endowed him with invaluable insights into the business world. This hands-on, in-the-trenches experience empowers him to understand the unique challenges that business owners face and provide effective, actionable solutions. You can learn more about Rick’s expertise here.

At Your Business Advisor, we offer complete flexibility to cater to your needs as a result you can schedule a one-off consultation or engage our services on an ongoing basis. We believe in the value of our advice and are confident that once you’ve experienced the benefits, you’ll want to maintain the relationship. But the choice is always yours – no strings attached.

We pride ourselves on offering cost-effective services designed to deliver value. A 30-minute consultation call with us is $125, and a 60-minute call is $250. However, every new client gets a free 60-minute introductory call. This gives you a direct taste of the value Your Business Advisor brings to your business operations.

Your Business Advisor stands out in its commitment to personal, one-on-one service. Rick draws on his five decades of hands-on business experience to offer insights and advice that are practical and actionable. There’s no fluff or jargon – just straight-talking advice tailored to your specific needs. Plus, our pay-as-you-go model and flexible consultation options ensure that you get the help you need when you need it without having to make a hefty upfront investment.

Your Business Advisor is all about creating tangible results. Our goal is to help your business not just survive but truly thrive therefore while the exact results will depend on your unique business situation and the areas you want to improve, you can expect us to provide practical advice and effective strategies that lead to improved operations, enhanced profits, and sustainable business growth. We’re here to support you in building a successful, resilient business that can navigate the ups and downs of the business landscape with confidence.

Naturally, the timeline for seeing improvements in your business will hinge on your unique circumstances, such as the specific challenges you’re confronting and the strategies we collaboratively put into action. However, some clients start to see positive changes in a matter of weeks. Remember, lasting change takes time, and we’re in this for the long haul.

Absolutely. With his extensive experience in starting, managing, and selling businesses, Rick is well-positioned to assist with business valuation and the formulation of exit strategies. Whether you’re considering selling your business or preparing for eventual succession, we’re here to help.

Absolutely, Your Business Advisor is well-equipped to support you in these areas. Whether it’s about refining hiring strategies or fostering a work environment that bolsters employee loyalty, we stand ready to navigate you through the journey, ensuring you cultivate a committed, top-tier team.

While we don’t handle your operations, we provide expert advice on managing them effectively. When it comes to enhancing workflows or optimizing resource allocation, we provide actionable strategies that aim to simplify your daily operations and boost efficiency.

Our ‘Pay as You Go’ service allows you to pay for only the consultation time you need, without any upfront commitments. It’s an affordable and flexible solution that gives you access to expert business advice when needed.

Yes, absolutely. We offer a Free discovery call for new clients. It’s a great opportunity for us to learn about your business, understand your challenges, and discuss how we might help.

Your Business Advisor offers high flexibility when it comes to scheduling consultation sessions. We understand that business owners have busy schedules, so we do our best to accommodate your preferred timings and ensure that we’re available when you need us.

Leveraging Rick’s extensive knowledge and sharp grasp of market trends, he offers insights to keep your business at the forefront. Together, we pinpoint not only emerging opportunities, but also strategize against potential threats, and ensure your business approach resonates with current market dynamics.

Yes, we do. From refining your business plan to setting achievable and measurable goals, we provide guidance that aligns with your company’s vision and market dynamics. Embracing our philosophy, we advocate for SMART Goals, which you can delve into in our blog post here. Therefore by tackling your goal setting with this strategic approach, you pave the way to prioritize working smarter, not harder.

At Your Business Advisor, we take the confidentiality and security of your business information very seriously. All consultations are confidential; any shared information is used solely to provide our services. We never share your information with third parties without your explicit consent. We are committed to maintaining the highest level of professional ethics and data privacy standards.


The information received is intended for the user, who accepts full responsibility for its use. Therefore all information contained on this site is general in nature and should not be considered to be legal, tax, or accounting advice. Any information from Your Business Advisor is based on past experiences dealing with Business owners, Business Brokers, Buyers and sellers of Businesses, Attorneys, and Accounts therefore, the advisor makes no representation that he is an attorney or an accountant.