Tom Likes to "Pay It Forward" by Helping People Review Their Business Ideas. He Can Help You.
I'm Tom. I might be able to help you with your idea for a business. Meeting cool new people and hearing about their business plans keeps my life interesting. I will help you because I enjoy it and I think I'm kind of good at it. It's a favorI can give to you.
Here is what caused me to start offering this favor to people. Back in 1998 I was writing business plans for a living, working at Ford Motor Company, and enjoying life. I was paid to do something that I really loved and I think I was pretty good at it.
Then, something happened. I came up with a great business idea for myself that was too good to pass up. That's how I started PriveCo. Now, I run a company and try to make the best use of my skills to grow our business. It is really fun and rewarding but sorta limited in scope.
The thing is, I still love to talk about business ideas. I also like to meet new people and hear their thoughts on different business plans and possibilities. I wish I could do more of it.
I'm helpful too. I've got decades of experience and a lot of street smarts. I teach a class in business planning and guest lecture in Entrepreneurship studies. I could probably charge money for this, but I don't. I just like to help people and I can help you too.
Here is how it works. If you want to meet with me, we can have lunch. I eat lunch ever single day and I like to leave my work behind and take a break. I can have lunch with you and talk about your business idea. We'll have a chat. No more, no less. I'll be candid, honest, and I may just give you good advice. I may love your business idea or I may hate it. You'll hear about it either way. I'll be honest in a way that your friends and family may not be.
After lunch though, there is probably no follow-up. I don't offer a service, I don't want you to pay me or hire me. I probably won't ever be part of your company. I'm just a knowledgeable, friendly guy you will have lunch with.
Here are the rules:
1. Email me to schedule something.
2. We will meet at my office first. It is in Troy, MI. I can give you a tour if you want.
3. We will go for a quick, inexpensive lunch nearby.
4. You are buying. Think of paying for lunch as a form of hush money. You buy lunch and I won't tell anyone about your business plans. I'm good at keeping secrets.
5. After lunch I will return to work and may never think about your business again, so you might want to ask me a lot of questions during our meeting.
Does that make sense? If so, email me. You can probably find me through Facebook, a mutual friend, or by using my first name (tom), the at sign (@) and then PriveCo.com. Got it? Great. I hope to meet you and I hope I can help.