“We couldn’t run our business without Sarah. My partner and I ran our business for over two years on our gut instinct, and what we learned is that we have a really good gut. But at a certain point in our growth, we wanted to validate our gut instinct with solid metrics and analysis. Sarah’s work gives us peace of mind—for every business decision we make, we know exactly what the future financial implications are. This is a huge value to us as we navigate the complexities of scaling our business. I consider it a marker of our success that we get to work with Sarah Jacob, and her talent and energy are a great addition to our team.”
“Sarah brings an uncommon clarity. As a creative, I have tons of ideas and can get easily distracted. As the founder of a global nonprofit, I have a big vision and a lot of demands on my time. Working with Sarah has been such a gift and a huge relief—she cuts through all of the noise to help me focus on what is critically important now. I originally engaged her as our CFO, but soon discovered she’s a talented writer and communicator. Her multi-talented leadership is going to be immensely valuable to our organization as we scale up in the coming year.”
EssJay Consulting is one person: Sarah Martha Jacob. I have not scaled my business (yet), so my clients get one-on-one partnership and hand-crafted financial analysis.
I partner with business owners in the Hudson Valley as your guru of Finance: strategy, planning, and analysis. I offer financial leadership so you can focus on developing and running your business, and have peace of mind knowing that the financial bases are covered.
I bring clarity to the financial situation. How profitable are you? How has your profitability trended over time? What are your main revenue and cost drivers? We come up with metrics that quantify the success of the business, and then we track them against your goals.
I’m your financial sounding board. You have to make a thousand decisions every day–now you’ll know the financial implications of the big ones. My mission is to help Hudson Valley businesses thrive.
“I have a background in financial services—I have the skills to do financial analysis, reporting, and strategy. But as a business owner, that’s not the best use of my precious time and energy. With Sarah, I know our financial bases are covered so I don’t have to worry about that aspect of the business. My time is best spent building relationships with clients, contacts in the industry, vendors, and employees. Sarah’s work frees me up to be able to add the most value to my business.”
“Having worked with Sarah on a number of assignments, I’ve found her to be thorough, to bring valuable critical thinking to any situation, and to reliably make it happen: done well and on time. I welcome her unique mix of crisp analytical thinking and creative ideation. She is great working inside the company as well as with clients and influentials outside our firm. I highly recommend Sarah Jacob.”
“I was so glad I found Sarah and was able to work with her on clarifying the financial picture for my early-stage growing business. As an entrepreneur with a small staff, there is no one else I can talk to and have the level of conversation I have with Sarah. She’s a unique person in the Hudson Valley who has institutional finance experience and yet understands the plight of the small business owner. It’s common to feel alone with these challenges, and I’m grateful for Sarah’s support and partnership.”
“I met Sarah after she spoke at a Hudson Valley Tech Meetup about financial goals and metrics. As an independent game developer, I have struggled with trying to keep up with the “business” side of things while developing games. Sarah helped get me back on track by setting financial goals for 2016 and keeping me focused. The results have been fantastic. Because of our goal setting, I shipped a new game months earlier than I would have with my old habits. I highly recommend EssJay!”
“As County Executive Hein leads the charge for economic development in Ulster County, EssJay is one of the best tools in we have in our toolbox! When a business owner is trying to figure out how to get to the next level and I know they could benefit from strategic analysis and financial forecasting, I refer them to Sarah Jacob. The clients we have sent to Sarah come back singing her praises and thanking us for the connection. This is really gratifying! Sarah has the same mission as the County Executive: to help Hudson Valley businesses grow and thrive. I’m so glad she’s here as a resource for us.”
“I’ve worked with Sarah on a few consulting projects; her innate understanding of metrics and whole-system thinking is invaluable. Her knowledge is a real asset to the Hudson Valley; any business could benefit from engaging her.”