Yesterday I was laid off from a job I worked at for 10 years and 9 months. And I haven’t stopped smiling since.
Right now, I’m sitting at a table in Caffe Calabria, arguably the best coffee house in San Diego. It has been years since I sat down in a coffee house for any length of time. I’m drinking great coffee, catching up on some awesome podcasts, and getting stuff done.
I predict that there will be many more days like this.
Introducing BLHill Inc. – Helping Buildings and Businesses Achieve More From Less
I filed articles of incorporation for BLHill Inc. in January of 2011. But that was just a formality. I have been planning and preparing for the launch of my own consulting firm for at least eight years.
One of the challenges I have wrestled with over the years is in terms of branding.
My background is fairly diverse: I’ve done everything from cleaning toilets in a mortuary, working as a barista (after running my own coffee house), processing divorces and bankruptcies as a paralegal, building and launching a restaurant, overseeing project controls on a half-billion dollar R&D campus, and assisting in the investigation of thousands of buildings involved in construction defect and ADA claims. My first business offered professional jazz music performance, management, composition/arranging, recording engineering and private music lessons.
The road to launching my own consulting firm has involved a lot of introspection. Who am I, really? What do I value? How do I relate to and how can I help others?
In the end, rather recently actually, I reached a tentative conclusion. Ultimately my work over the last 25-plus years involves helping buildings and businesses achieve more from less.
I have seen what works and what doesn’t.
On the building side, I’ve learned that the best way to improve quality and achieve true sustainability is to learn from past mistakes. Over the last 15 years, most of my work has involved forensic investigation, analysis, verification, development of repair recommendations, and presentation of findings. And while I feel confident in my abilities, perhaps the greatest value that I can offer has to do with the network of bona fide experts I have built up over this time.
When it comes to business, most of the companies I have worked with since starting my own business around 25 years ago are small/solo professional service firms. The challenge with these types of businesses is that more focus tends to be on delivery of professional services, to the detriment of actually running the business. For example, the top executives at most professional services firms are typically the primary provider of those services. (Law firms are led by lawyers, engineering firms are led by engineers, etc.) Small/solo professional service firms are using lacking in a few areas – sometimes it is marketing or IT, other times it may be accounting. The worst situations are when professional service providers have little understanding of business leadership.
How Can I Help You?
I am looking for projects to collaborate on where I can add something of value. My goal is to develop long-term relationships with clients I like.
The process begins with a conversation. Once I have a better understanding of your situation I can offer suggestions. We can then discuss what a collaboration might look like and identify specific objectives, and ways to measure success. Upon reaching consensus about how to move forward, I’ll send you a proposal with the fees clearly defined in advance.
Just to be clear, there is a reason I have written so much over the years about value-based fees. I don’t charge for my time, so conversations are always free.
How Can You Help Me?
I’ll be honest with you – I have almost no capital and nothing else to fall back on. If I fail, my family and I have nowhere to turn. I need clients and I need work now!
You may not be in a position to retain my services, but chances are that you know somebody who I can help. If you know of someone that needs help with their building(s) or someone whose professional services firm could use some assistance, please refer them to me. Sometimes the best value you can offer to others is through introducing them to the right resource.
Here is how to reach me:
Email: BLH at BLHill dot net
Or use the contact form…
Thanks again for your continued support. I hope that I have the opportunity to help you in the future.
P.S. – The new website will be finished soon. You can find it here: BLHill.com