It's nice to meet you...

I’m Tom Clairmont — a small business startup coach and Podcast host who specializes in helping people make that later in life shift through the process of starting their own business.  


My favorite quote is: “If your dream doesn’t make you uncomfortable, it isn’t big enough.” Kary Oberbrunner

My Story...

I would say that my entrepreneurial journey started at the age of 13 when I signed up for a small paper route in a little town in upstate NY. 

I remember it was all very new to me and I had a huge learning curve, but after awhile, I got into the routine of the route and ventured into other streets and was able to add an 11 story senior housing building to more than double my route from 40 customers to 110. 

I then saw the power first hand of building my little business and having my income double as well. I remember the thrill of having my first bank account and saving up for things I wanted and knew my parents couldn’t afford to buy for me. 

I had the little entrepreneurial bug neatly tucked into my psyche. 

As an adult, I pursued a career in IT but things started falling apart after having the same job for about 14 years, and going through four company buyouts. Since I lost my promotion through the last one and the senior management had a ‘do it or be fired’ mentality, I knew it was time for a change. 

I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted, but I knew what I didn’t want and it was that job. It was clear to me that I was going in the wrong direction with this company. 

There had to be a better way and I was determined to find it; so, I quit. 

I tried my hand at a ‘partnership’ with someone else, but that went very badly since he was only out to take advantage of me and everyone else around him. My reputation was being damaged and that would hurt the family. So, I took another pivot and started my own business in 2002, NET Essentials Inc. 

With the initial focus on IT, it eventually evolved into much more, including small business development, coaching and consulting. 

I wish I knew then the things I know now, like: 

• Laying a good foundation for the business before you officially launch
• Building a team and outsourcing
• The power of copywriting
• Sales and marketing
• Self evaluation testing to know my strengths and how to tune into that zone of genius so I don’t waste my time on things I shouldn’t be doing 

Even today, I’m still working my business to help others find that ‘better way’ for them, so that they don’t go through the same struggles that I went through. 

Now, I’m committed to helping people work through the process of launching their business by having a step-by-step strategy in advance, so they don’t wander down the same path I took of trial and error. 

I plan to have a new Podcast episode for you each week. You can go to the Podcast page, or your favorite platform for the Small Business Startup Essentials show. Please hit the ‘subscribe’ or ‘follow’ button so you don’t miss any episodes. 

I’ll be posting regular content on the Blog page as well that focuses on helping those, later in life, to start an Internet based business. 

So please learn from my mistakes. Learn how not to waste years of valuable time, energy and money. I have some Resources for you that I think will help you plan and launch your business. It’s all there for you to download when you’re ready. Enjoy. 

If you want to dig a little deeper, there are E-books available for you as well on my Gumroad store page that securely accepts major credit cards. 

Let me know how I can help you get started on your small business journey.

Looking forward to talking to you. 


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Chester, VA 23831

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