If you’ve ever owned a business, you probably learned pretty quickly you don’t have all the answers. When faced with a difficult issue, you likely sought out the advice of a trusted advisor, mentor, former professor, or friend to help solve the problem. Although these sources may have provided some solid feedback, unfortunately they weren’t able to answer your specific question. As a result, you were left to wing it. Your decision didn’t cripple the business but the situation hasn’t improved. So where do you go from here? Would you love the opportunity to rent an industry expert? Well, now you can (sort of).
Launched in January 2012, Clarity.fm is a web-based application that links aspiring entrepreneurs to industry advisors and experts from dozens of different fields. Described by founder Dan Martell as a service that “connects speakers with seekers,” Clarity.fm boasts a directory of more than 10,000 speakers from across the globe from some of the biggest companies in the world, including Warby Parker, Google, BranchOut, Kiip, and American Apparel.
Pay As You Go
So how does it work? Well, it’s pretty simple really. Budding entrepreneurs in need of advice can sign-up for the service and then search the Clairty.fm directory for an industry expert. Once they make their selection, Clarity sets up a direct call with the advisor. Advisors can choose to offer their time for free or charge for their advice and either take the profits themselves or redirect them to their favorite charity. On average, most experts charge about $1.50 per minute, but some, such as Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, collect more than $160.00 a minute. The company, which has been featured in Wired and Inc. magazines, also offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee to those seeking advice.