I’m a big believer in transparency, so this page explains what’s what: Where I make money, who I work for and what my motives are. I’m writing this because a) I don’t want to be sued, and b) to give you a clearer picture of what “all views are his own” means. To sound more official, I will write in third person.
Tom Church advises London Startups and works with a leading communications agency.
However, all opinions expressed by Tom, both on this blog and anywhere else, are those held by him and are not representative of any clients or people Tom works with.
Tom Church works with a variety of social enterprises, entrepreneurs, book authors, sole traders and charities mostly in an advisory position. These tend to be small local firms (such as Fulham Osteopaths) or startups and technology businesses. Some are paid roles, some are free. You can find most of them in London Startups. He also runs an accommodation website called uHouse, and provides social media, WordPress and Google SEO expertise – most of these are paid.
Again, all opinions expressed by Tom are his and his alone.
Started as a way to boost credibility in order to get ‘The Job’, Tom’s blog is now a tool to achieve his goal: To help businesses and individuals grow in ever-expanding ways. Does he make money from it? Not yet (time of writing, July 2012). But in order not to upset anyone in the future, you should assume that every link has an affiliate code and that Tom may be given a few pennies from any advised purchase you make. There are some ideas for paid content in the pipeline, but right now, giving great advice is the primary goal.
You may or may not know that Tom runs London Startups, a small community group that gets together once in a while to network and learn from each other. Tom makes no money from this, accepts no commissions from venues, and asks for no membership fees. Exceptions include premium workshops, such as this one on branding - but these are few and far between. This may change in the future, for example a fundraising event in which to raise money to cover the cost incurred from Meetup charges and the bottles of wine Tom tends to buy for everyone.
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So that’s it! I hope this explains anything and if you have any questions, ask me anything in the comments below.