Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Business

How can cloud-based software services help me run a more successful organization?
What type of organizations does NewPath Consulting work with?
What is value-based pricing?
What is the history of NewPath Consulting?
What are NewPath Consulting’s core values?
Do you provide free consultations?

Service

How do you kick off projects?
Why should I use a particular service?
Do you train my business on how to use the service(s)?
What happens if something goes wrong with my service provider?
What if one of the NewPath Consulting service providers discontinues their service?
What if a feature we want is not available in a software service?
Are you available 24/7 if I need any quick help using the service?
Can I upgrade or downgrade any time?
If I want to use a that you don’t support, will you make it available for me?
Will you help customize a solution for our business?
Do you keep your clients up to date? How?

Policies

What is your cancellation policy?
What is your billing policy?
What is your privacy policy?
Is there a contract for your services?
What happens if I decide to cancel one month into our work together? 3 months? 18 months?

Payments

Do you offer any bulk discounts?
Do you store my credit card information?
Can’t we buy the individual services ourselves?
Do some solutions cost extra?
How much do your solutions cost?
Are there any hidden costs?
What happens when I run out of consulting time allocated in my plan?
I already have a business relationship with a domain name registrar and software service providers. Can I keep my existing software services?

Business

How can cloud-based software services help me run a more successful organization?

Cloud computing makes your organization Productive, Powerful and Profitable. And you can save money too!

Productive. Software services are easy to use and they make your data accessible from any computing device. You and your staff can become productive quickly.
Powerful. These solutions can be tailored to a variety of different business needs. Sometimes the ‘how’ is not always straightforward, and NewPath Consulting will help you find the perfect combination of services to solve your challenges.
Profitable. Software services  help you change the way you do business. A value-based pricing model helps your organization enter into new markets and do it faster. Your business can become profitable much sooner than was possible before. For more information about NewPath Consulting see this blog post.

What type of organizations does NewPath Consulting work with?

We primarily work with small organizations, associations and clubs that have 1-10 staff or volunteers. These organizations don’t have full time IT staff and have under $5M in annual revenue.

What is value-based pricing?

NewPath’s services are priced using value-based pricing. A value-based pricing model sets the price of its offerings based on the value it generates for the customer, not on the cost of developing or maintaining the solution. Think of your automobile gasoline as an example of a cost-based (traditional) pricing model. The price of the gas stays fixed regardless how much of value the gasoline delivers for you. NewPath Consulting is built ground up on a value-based pricing model. NewPath Consulting continues to benefit if and only if our customers truly benefit. And vice-versa.

NewPath Consulting’s core values:

Treat others the way you wish to be treated

We aim to understand our customer’s capabilities and constraints to  ensure every decision is fair and equitable.

Do more with less

We keep things simple. We are constantly streamlining and automating wherever we can.

Delight our Customers

We will give our customers an outstanding experience that they tell their friends about.

Pursue Growth and Learning

We are a team of self starters who are never satisfied with the status quo. We are always learning and not afraid to try new things. We build partnerships to expand our service offerings.

Think Big

We think, act, and behave with the big picture in mind. We are confident that we can achieve what we set our minds to, especially when meeting our customers’ needs.

What is the history of NewPath Consulting?

Alex Sirota, founder of NewPath Consulting, started NewPath Consulting in 2010.  Alex believes that small businesses and organizations can benefit from automation, and modern software services can enable small businesses and organizations to grow and compete in the 21st century like never before. Unfortunately most organizations are under-served by complex and customized technology bought as “silver bullets” to business model challenges. Consulting vendors rarely take into account the business model of their customers, forcing them to take on too much risk with very custom-coded solutions, high up front fees, leaving businesses to extract value from systems and automation on their own. We believe that a company can operate mostly “virtually”. Our services are created by startups all over North America and our staff work virtually as well with regular virtual checkins via Slack and Zoom, our collaboration services of choice.

We also believe in the concept of “free agency” as a new way to think about the cost overhead of running a service business. These ideas are best described in great detail in the books Free Agent Nation and Drive by Dan Pink. Other books that deal with the subject are Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson; and Breaking the Time Barrier by Mike McDerment and Donald Cowper.

Do you provide free consultations?

NewPath Consulting is happy to answer your questions. To help us understand your needs better we ask that you contact us.

Service

How do you kick off projects?

Please read this page on our project kick-off procedure.

Why should I use a particular service?

Each of our software partners address or solve a particular set of business needs.

  • Wild Apricot helps you automate the operations and marketing of a membership-driven organization.
  • WordPress provides an open-source, extensible platform for your website.
  • Formstack lets you create and maintain interactive data collection forms that enable custom applications, surveys, lead generation campaigns and ecommerce transactions.
  • Formstack Documents creates dynamic documents merged with your customer data.
  • Integromat automates and extends multiple services into one complete solution.

Do you train staff or volunteers on how to use the service(s)?

Yes, we train you and your team fully on using our services. Additionally, we regularly add educational articles on our blog.  We also publish short training videos and webinars on our video collection. Each of the software services we support also has an excellent help system with documents and videos for you to review and learn from.

What happens if something goes wrong with one of our software services providers?

All NewPath Consulting software services are run by our software partners, professionals who provide a very high level of service and reliability. Our partners regularly backup your data for easy access. Unfortunately, if you accidentally erase or delete some information from these services, you may lose data. In certain situations you may be able to undo or recover the information. Our recommended services have easy ways to make copies of files and data as a backup.

What if one of the NewPath Consulting service providers discontinues their service?

Our software partners are picked because they have an established and long-running business. We do not see them discontinuing their service anytime soon even if they are acquired or merge with another company. However, if they decide to sunset their service, we will ensure that you have plenty of time to export your data. And we will help you migrate to an alternative solution in a timely manner.

What if a feature we want is not available in a software service?

Our experience shows that any major business objectives can be implemented in our recommended software services. If a specific feature you think you need is not present in the software service, we work to find addons and other solutions.

We have strong relationships with software service providers. We can also escalate your request through our partner support channels or request that a required feature be added to the service.

Are you available 24/7 if I need any quick help using the service?

Normally we provide support via our private Slack during regular business hours (9am-5pm Eastern Time), but we have staff across North America that can cover multiple time zones as well.

Can I upgrade or downgrade any time?

Yes. Upgrading and downgrading plans is a normal process and usually happens when your business grows as a result of direct value NewPath Consulting has added.

Downgrading can also mean that value is not being generated for your business as expected, and we’ll be happy to investigate the reasons. We will then provide a recommendation. The ideal path is to upgrade to the next plan, as your organization continues to become more successful.

If I want to use a solution that you don’t support, will you make it available for me?

No, we will most likely not adopt a new software service until we evaluate it thoroughly. We choose services on 2 factors: value to our customers and market leadership. This means that we have to evaluate not just the service but the company behind the service as well. This may take several months or years to do well.

Will you help customize a solution for our business?

Of course. The software services evolve over time as each vendor continues to improve their functionality independently of NewPath Consulting. The implementation for your business needs is entirely custom and is set out during the objective setting exercise we undertake. This exercise starts with our short questionnaire and free 30 minute consultation.

How do you keep customers up to date?

Yes. It’s our duty and privilege to keep our clients fully informed of account related information, service updates and important announcements. We send a monthly newsletter to provide educational information. Any account related information is communicated timely through Slack.

Policies

What is your cancellation policy?

Care plans can be cancelled with a 30-day notice period. We need at least one billing period to ensure your data and web content have been transferred to you successfully and you can continue operating the services on your own. Should you need more time, we are happy to lengthen this process to 60 or 90 days.

What is your billing policy?

You pay a single care plan fee in advance every month or every year using your credit card or your PayPal account. You will receive an automated bill from our billing service. If you require alternative payment mechanisms such as check or quarterly billing cycles, we would be happy to explore these options but that is not our preferred payment approach. The software services we provide are normally paid for by our customers based on the level of service required.

What is your privacy policy?

Our privacy policy is available including links to the privacy polices and terms of service from our software services (aka “Licensors”).

Is there a contract for your services?

There is no minimum time commitment for services on our business success plan. A consulting services agreement  including the scope of services will be signed by both the NewPath Consulting and the customer prior to commencement of work.

What happens if I decide to cancel one month into our work together? 3 months? 18 months?

You can cancel your care plan anytime you want. We will stop the billing after a notice period of 30 days. Business value is generated with NewPath Consulting services after a certain amount of time. While you may get all the value out of the relationship in the first month, we think you will stay with the services for the long haul. Valuable results start to be seen after a mutually beneficial relationship is obtained, which usually takes at least 6-18 months.

Payments

Do you offer any discounts?

The plans are designed for each business as they mature from 0 to 25 employees. You should start at the plan that is most comfortable for your business. We think you will find that our prices are very competitive against hiring a traditional programmer or computer consultant. In some cases we can provide a discount if you pre-pay for a care plan for a duration of 1 year or more.

Do you store my credit card information?

NewPath does not store your credit card information as we use a commercial payment gateway to process all payments.

Can’t we buy and implement the individual services ourselves?

Well, of course, you can.

Evaluating a software service requires a considerable investment of time and money, and NewPath Consulting already has done the painstaking work of examining the various services that are available and determining which are the best services for small businesses and organizations. While you focus on building on your customer base, we help you implement the best software services to ensure your organization is operating in tip-top shape.

 

How much do NewPath Consulting care plans cost?

All of our care plan pricing is clearly described on our website.

Are there any hidden costs?

No. The monthly care plan fee is the only payment you will be making. We don’t store your credit card and won’t charge you any extra fee without your explicit approval.

What happens when I run out of care plan time allocated in my plan?

Each NewPath Consulting customers has a set number of hours they are entitled to every month under our care plans. If you happen to use up your hours in one month as you enjoy building your business systems, we will be happy to “borrow” the allocated time from the next month. NewPath Consulting will track the allocated time per year and let you know how close you are to reaching the allocated time for the year. You may wish to upgrade to a different NewPath Consulting care  plan if you find you need a lot more time to execute your dreams.

I already have a business relationship with a domain name registrar and software services. Can I keep my existing services and have NewPath maintain them?

Some customers will already have a domain name registered. They may also subscribe to one or more of the software packages we offer. In order to execute solutions quickly, it is preferable that the services are easily accessible, especially during times when support from the vendors is required. Usually our customers grants us temporary or permanent administrative access to their existing software service systems as needed and required. NewPath Consulting uses secure password management tools to secure software access credentials.