To the
rebels.

To the
outliers.

To the
innovators
who ask,
"okay,but
why?"

This is for you.

 

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My Philosophy:

We need to be starting businesses that matter. Period.

There is no more room for "I want to be my own boss because I'm tired of answering to The Man", or "I want to make a ton of money so I never have to work again". The only thing I hear in those phrases is "what's in it for me?".  Let's stop looking for the short cuts, the "Make $2,000 in two weeks from your couch!" opportunities - there is no value in that mentality.

Let's start solving real problems, in quantifiable ways, and in ways that no one has ever thought of before. Let's develop more grit - the kind of grit that has you working until midnight, and then getting up at 5am the next morning to do it all over again. Let's stop obsessing over how many 'likes' we have, and start asking ourselves, "Do I actually have a brand that's worth liking?".

I have no interest in the "4 Hour Workweek" or the "Work smarter, not harder" mentality - I would hope that working "smart" would be a given, and you sure as hell better be working hard. 

- Ciera Krinke, Founder/CEO of C. James Innovations


 
 
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What I do:

I am an innovative start-up consultant who specializes in working with rebellious entrepreneurs to develop unique brands by relentlessly challenging the status quo and disrupting the norm. The individuals that I work with are hell-bent on doing things differently, they refuse to do something just because "it's always been done that way", and they aren't afraid to ask "why?". 

Trust me, starting a business is never as easy as "hey, can you build me a website?" - there is so much more to it (at least there is if you have any interest in long-term success, which I'm guessing you do).

My sweet spot? Adding value in the following areas:

BRAND DEVELOPMENT


This has very little to do with what your logo looks like, or what colors you want on your website. This is a deeper dive into why you exist, why anyone should care, why anyone should buy your product our service, your values, target audience, etc.  Learn more >>>

OPERATION LOGISTICS


Talking through the ABC's of starting a business. Everything from "what's an LLC?", to "do I really need a privacy policy on my website?" , to "Great, someone wants to buy my product/service - now what?". It's one thing to have a great idea, it's another to be able to deliver on that idea - that's what I'm here to help with. Learn more >>>

WEBSITE DESIGN


I create clean, minimalistic websites, where formatting, fonts, logos, colors, and copy enhance and compliment your business - never distract from it. Learn more >>>

NONPROFIT CONSULTING


I have a strong philosophy around running nonprofits like for-profit companies. Sure, you may not have the money that a for-profit business does, but that is no reason to not have structure, a solid business plan, and a strong brand. The current nonprofit landscape is, in many ways, antiquated, and I believe that in this space - perhaps more than any other - we need more innovative thinking. If you want to make a true impact in the world, you can't do things like they've always been done. Learn more >>>

 

Why it matters:

The biggest challenge to new businesses in this day and age is differentiating themselves from the competition, and being heard amongst all of the noise. Rarely does differentiation actually come down to the product or service itself - it comes down to the brand, and your capacity to create an incredible customer experience. My goal is to help you develop a rock-solid brand and foundation for your business, and I do this by digging into the uniqueness of you (as an entrepreneur) and your vision.

 
 
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What other people are saying about what I do:

I believe that website testimonials, on average, are about as valuable as job references. Meaning, no one is going to put a ‘bad’ testimonial on their website - just like no one is going to list a job reference unless they are sure that it will be a great reference. So, in an effort to not bore you with evidence that I’m ‘awesome’ and ‘so fun to work with’, I will skip this part. However, if you would like to know what it’s like to work with me, I’m happy to provide you with references who you can contact - and I swear I don’t pay them to say nice things.
— Ciera Krinke
 

What it's like to work with me:

  • I'm a straight-shooter - not because I'm not sensitive to how hard/terrifying it can be to start your own business, but because I really want to see your dreams come to fruition, and I don't want you to waste your time.
  • I'm in this with you - I'm always available to answer questions that you have, or to talk through ideas. I truly view this as a partnership, and I want you to feel supported.
  • I'm probably going to give you homework - my purpose for existing is not to necessarily make your life "easier", it's to make you more likely to succeed. "Easy" and "success" don't go in the same sentence - ever. 
  • I think about your business - a lot. I take on a limited number of clients per year because I truly dive into the business right along side of you. I don't necessarily become an expert in your field (that's your role) - but I come pretty darn close. I read, I research, I ask around - I basically treat it like it's my business, too. 

 
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