I help small(er) business owners find more customers.

You might be working at your business full-time and have been for a while or you could be planning it out in the early hours before heading to your day job or late at night after a long day at work. No matter where you are, you probably have the same concern that I have:

How to create something meaningful for yourself and for your customers.

The real action is always found in creating value. Your customers love you for it and if you’ve truly made their lives better, richer, easier, or more interesting, they’ll keep coming back to you for more.

Now you’re ready to take your business to the next level. But you’re not sure what you should do next. I know the feeling. I’ve been there too.

I’m Sean Ondes and I love helping my clients to identify their goals, develop a strategy, turn it into a plan, and then watch their business grow.

Sean Ondes in front of Fuji-san

How Did I Get Here?

Before I discovered my passion and made this career for myself I earned a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology, did some  Master’s level work in Public Administration, and even trained to deploy and administer CISCO small networks. (That means I never need the cable guy to set up my internet.)

While doing all this exploring, I kept my entrepreneurial spirit. I always kept side businesses running. I built websites, designed business cards and logos, and put together newsletters.

One thing kept coming up with one client after another. They had some idea of what they wanted to work on but it was out of focus. Since their ideas were rough, many of them ended up giving up on them. These were good people and they had passion. They had passion but needed a plan. I wanted to help but I didn’t know where to start.

First Hand Experience

I knew what I had to do. I had to learn how to help. And I did.

I had a great opportunity to work at a top-notch web development company based in Concord, CA. After that I got valuable experience building websites for a music related startup and independent record label in Berkeley. While living nearby in Oakland, I got a huge dose of the entrepreneurial spirit that drives a large section of the San Francisco Bay Area.

It seemed like everybody had some sort of side project under development. There was no shortage of spirited conversions over drinks or coffee about a project’s next milestone or the technical hurdles of some problem.

I met people that were working on building new website frameworks, creating apps to solve everyday problems, or even planning out how to open and scale a cupcake business.

This is the true start up mindset that people refer to. I’m sure that most of those projects didn’t turn out the way they were planned. Many were dropped entirely and maybe others transformed into something totally unexpected.

Finding My Stride

While working full time, I found myself still itching to build something of my own. I’ve always had a special love for small businesses. To me, they’re the absolute backbone of any economy. I don’t think I’m over embellishing when I say that.

I wanted to find a way to help people just starting out. I wanted to help the people that have an idea but aren’t sure how to develop it. The people that I was thinking about needed someone to show them the ropes of developing an online marketing strategy, identifying their customers, and polishing it all until it was glassy smooth and totally professional looking.

I found out that this was the way I could really add value for my customers.

These days I spend my time in almost always sunny Albuquerque, New Mexico. When I’m not helping my clients, I’m learning new skills in business, marketing, website building, design, and promotion. And I’m still experimenting.

If you’re the go-it-alone type, I’ve written written a few short workbooks to show you how you can do it too.

I believe that a fulfilling life has many facets. “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” At the end of the day you can find me studying and teaching Japanese martial arts, reading, cycling, or planning my next trip!

Sean Ondes with Nagato-sensei at the Bujinkan dojo in Noda-shi, Japan