Facts and Figures
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Note: Traffic data was provided on May 14, 2019. Enquire for more recent data.
When students are struggling with their academic work, they contact the website who puts them in touch with a qualified researcher. The researcher can provide a range of help, such as proofreading, editing, marking, research trails or writing a model answer.
How does your business make money?
The website charges the customer a fee. About 40% is paid to the researcher. The rest is expenses, taxes + profit.
The business is seasonal against the academic calendar with the busiest times being April / May. You can see this from my proof of revenue screenshot which shows the two clear peaks for the busiest period.
Why should someone buy this business?
It's a business you can run from anywhere in the world. You could also use the site for something else rather than the current business and take advantage of the high volume of student traffic.
A full guide to processes will be provided.
How can the future owner improve this business?
This was run by 3 members of a family with a little external support. Unfortunately, at the start of 2019, they decided to move away from the business and work on other projects. It has therefore been neglected since then. It is all about trust & good customer service so just providing someone on the end of live chat or phone makes the biggest difference.
Costs could be reduced.
The expenses of the business are:
Researcher fees - about 40%
VAT - 12% flat rate
Hosting (£250/month, could be cheaper)
Plagiarism software / approx £1 a go
Tech support - the owner invested heavily this year in improving the customer login area and systems. Generally, very little tech support is needed.
Olark - live chat was used (this has been removed for now)
Phone - £18 month
Sundry expenses like new computers.
Contractor fees for any external cover whilst on holiday.
Everything else was staff drawings.
Why are you selling this business?The owner and his family have decided not to work on the business anymore (they have taken other jobs). So nobody is running the business and unfortunately, that means revenues have dropped compared to the previous year.
- High Profit Margins
- Length of Operation in Niche
- Outsourced Technical Operations
Opportunities for a new owner
- Improve Current Marketing Efforts
- Improve or Outsource Operations
- Improve Customer Service
Key day-to-day operations
- Customer Support / Service
- Supplier Relationship Management
- Email Marketing
- Facebook Advertising
- Brand assets
- Custom technology
- Customer databases
- Policy and Process documents
- Relevant email accounts
- Social media accounts
- Website files, source code and content
Post sale support
This is support provided by the seller when transitioning the business to a buyer.
About the Seller
I'm a business consultant acting as an agent for the seller.