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BT Neil Consulting
Cornelia started BT Neil Consulting in 2018. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on BT Neil Consulting?
I have always desired to have my own business. I just didn’t know what it would be. In college, I majored in Business Administration because of this desire, even though I didn’t know exactly what direction I was headed in. After graduating with my undergrad degree I still had no idea what type of business I wanted so of course, I started working 8-5 jobs that I wasn’t passionate about however I had bills to pay and other goals to achieve.
As time went on, I decided to go back to school to pursue my Master’s degree still unsure of what my business would be and at this point was starting to feel it wasn’t going to happen. I completed my Master’s program and again continued in the cycle of getting jobs that were not my passion but again paid the bills.
I even had to take a lower-paying job due to a situation out of my control and that was a hard season for me. I started struggling financially and I was not satisfied with the job I had at the time, so I looked to God and said “Your word says you give us the ability to create wealth, Lord what is my ability to create wealth?” Soon after I started making gift baskets for a male friend that ended up turning into a side business. Aha, now I got it, a gift basket business!
Well as time went on I was creating baskets, selling baskets, doing pretty good but I just didn’t have the feeling on the inside that this was the business locked within me and so I started looking deeper within, and then all these other ideas started coming. I had about 5 business ideas that came to mind and I thought to myself I don’t want 5 brick and mortar type businesses which is what led me into online consulting.
The funny thing is even though my business is online, I still ended up having other businesses and other means of potential income other than consulting. I soon realized I had a niche for creating documents in Microsoft Word and Publisher, I’m always on the internet looking up information and I’m very computer savvy. So with my business background, I combined all the ideas into one and that’s how BT Neil Consulting came into play. The name is derived from my gift basket business (Baskets and Things by Neil). So I thought I had my “Aha” moment before nope this was it! Something inside of me leaped as I began to pursue the consulting side of the business which did not include how to make gift baskets, imagine that!
The reason my consulting business is centered around long-term care placement in a nursing facility is that for the past 7 years, I have worked in a long-term care facility as the Director of Social Services. I’m a referral source and I help guide people through the placement process and I hear all the time “Hunny this is foreign to me, I have no idea what I’m doing” or they’ll say “I know y’all are here to help but I’m clueless to what you’re talking about” and it just started to make sense.
Landing this position really helped me develop the concept and the direction of my business. I decided to implement some of the free resources because of my own struggle with finding the right career and starting a business. Then it’s the resources that were introduced by my own experiences such as I was asked to direct a wedding, mind you, I had never directed a wedding before but I had a handy dandy outline to follow and it was a great success! So I thought to myself if I could do it, anyone can!
So I created a wedding planning template, which includes a wedding director cheat sheet, that others can use to plan and organize a wedding. Lastly, I chose to include information on how to boost company morale based on my work experience with a former employer. The experience was definitely an eye-opener and I saw where I could use it now to build my brand/business.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
- Wiki Updater