Frequently asked questions

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Catalant is the leading technology platform connecting businesses and experts. Our platform enables professionals to proactively pursue interesting, sophisticated work with new clients around the world, while allowing businesses to access the right expertise in real time.Our core mission has always been to connect great talent to opportunity. When we were founded in 2013, we initially focused on connecting current students and recent graduates of top 40 business schools with small and medium sized businesses. Our target market, however, has grown materially since then and today our primary focus is enterprise-size clients and more senior, full-time independent experts.In 2016, to reflect this evolution of sophistication of both experts and clients, we rebranded our business from HourlyNerd to Catalant. Catalant operates services for enterprise customers on the Catalant platform, while our small and medium business clients are serviced through the platform referred to as “HourlyNerd powered by Catalant.”
We welcome all independent consultants, business experts, and boutique firms and teams to create profiles on Catalant. Our technology reviews all complete profiles and grants immediate bidding access to users whose backgrounds and expertise align with our clients’ needs.If your profile isn’t selected for immediate bidding access, please stand by — we’re committed to providing you with the best possible project experience so our team will reach out as soon as there is a project you’re well-suited for!

From a few hours to several months of work, businesses leverage Catalant to find an affordable, flexible solution to almost any business challenge, including:

  • Business Plans
  • Company Valuation
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Financial Projections & Analysis
  • Marketing Analysis and Research
  • Market Collateral
  • Marketing Plans
  • New Market Entry Plans
  • Performance Metrics & Benchmarks
  • Pitch Decks
  • Pricing Analysis and Advice
  • Social Media Advisory Services
Yes. Many of our clients are global enterprises looking to hire experts around the world.

It’s simple:

  • Clients post a project on our platform, detailing their project needs, desired expert qualifications, and estimated timeline and budget for services
  • Experts browse Catalant for active project postings and bid on projects they are interested in and well-suited to execute
  • Clients review bids received and select an expert to hire for the project

In addition to experts discovering projects on their own, Catalant’s proprietary matching algorithm works to match experts with projects based on their profiles. When there is a match between a project and expert, the expert will receive an invitation to place a bid for the project through the Catalant platform.

While some clients select an expert within hours, it varies by client and can take up to a few weeks for a final decision to be made. Our team members send reminders for clients to act promptly and update experts regularly along the way, but you can also utilize the “Send Message to Business” feature to reach out to the company directly.
Yes — when a client decides to move forward with an expert, we notify all users who have placed a bid on the project.
Clients post a project with an anticipated budget range for a given project, but experts determine the amount they require to complete the project work. Final project amounts are negotiated between the client and selected expert. Rates vary greatly based on the selected expert’s skillset and experience.
Nope — it is free to sign up and experts on Catalant’s platform are free to browse and bid on as many projects as they would like.
The process is designed to be simple. Once the business selects an expert for the project, payment is securely transferred to Catalant. We hold on to the money in escrow until all milestones have been completed and the project has been marked as complete by the business. We then transfer the funds to the expert.
After a project is marked complete by the client and expert, both users will be prompted to provide feedback and rate the other user’s performance. Ratings that consultants and clients receive will appear on their profile and be visible to other users.
To avoid potential instances of disagreement, it is crucial that the client and selected expert agree to a clear set of deliverables and timeline for the project to be completed. Establishing milestones at the beginning of a project has proven to be very helpful in aligning expectations and safeguarding against potential scope creep. However, we understand disputes may arise, and Catalant has a team ready to resolve all conflicts in a fair and timely manner.

Absolutely — Catalant has just launched beta tools allowing firms to represent themselves as a team of experts to potential clients. Partners of firms are able to create a firm account and invite their team members to create profiles associated with the firm. These new tools will ultimately enable consultants to bid on projects as individuals or as larger firm teams, highlighting the breadth or depth of capabilities across different team members.

If you would like your firm or team included in the launch of this new functionality, please email info@gocatalant.com with your information.

Engaging with a client through Catalant and then circumventing the platform to work together on a project is strictly prohibited and violates our Terms of Service. If a client requests that you circumvent our platform, please let us know by sending an email to info@gocatalant.com. If Catalant learns of an expert and a client violating this clause of our Terms of Service, both users will be removed from the platform.
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From a few hours to several months of work, businesses leverage Catalant to find an affordable, flexible solution to almost any business challenge, including:

  • Business Plans
  • Company Valuation
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Financial Projections & Analysis
  • Marketing Analysis and Research
  • Market Collateral
  • Marketing Plans
  • New Market Entry Plans
  • Performance Metrics & Benchmarks
  • Pitch Decks
  • Pricing Analysis and Advice
  • Social Media Advisory Services
In order to best serve our clients, Catalant offers two products tailored to the size of our clients. HourlyNerd was developed specifically with small and medium-sized businesses in mind, while Catalant is optimized for large enterprises, featuring a private company-based portal and a larger suite of products for HR, procurement, and finance departments.
Experts are granted access to the platform only after we have evaluated their professional experience and education, ensuring that only the most qualified experts are able to bid on projects. In fact, over 90% of our experts have a secondary degree, whether that’s a top 40 MBA or PhD, and an average of 10+ years of work experience. Furthermore, Catalant’s ratings and review system enables clients to see exactly how experts have performed on past projects.
We have MSAs in place with many of our enterprise-level clients. For those companies that do not yet have an MSA in place, we can facilitate this process efficiently.
Project prices are set by our experts, and vary dramatically based on project type, length, and time sensitivity, as well as required expert experience. Best practice is to include a rough estimate of desired budget in your project bid, which gives the experts insight into the expectations of the business and allows them to determine if the project is of interest.
Projects on Catalant are fixed-price to better align expectations of both parties. Experts create milestones and bids based on the anticipated hours required, but price projects based on expectations for the entire project at a fixed amount.
The process is designed to be simple. Once the business selects an expert for the project, payment is securely transferred to Catalant. We hold on to the money in escrow until all milestones have been completed and the project has been marked as complete by the business. We then transfer the funds to the expert.
There are two ways for you to pay: 1. Through a secure credit card check out (powered by Stripe™) or 2. Invoicing . Our system utilizes industry-leading security measures, so you can feel comfortable that the payment is secure.
Our platform enables businesses to ask for further details from the expert or to propose a revised bid (different bid price, timeframe, etc.). This capability is provided during the project acceptance period.

Once a project is posted, our system finds and notifies experts with relevant experience and interests, and allows them to bid on the project. The company can expect to receive bids within hours and (depending on the user’s settings) will be notified via email each time a new bid is received.

Although most projects generate significant interest and obtain 3–5 bids, bidding activity depends on a number of factors including the project requirements, stated budget and industry.

Catalant provides certain enterprise-level clients with a dedicated Client Strategy Associate that will monitor the bid process ensuring that you get the highest quality bids for your project.

Although some experts will bid on a project within hours of it being posted, response time varies by project and our customers have found that at times they receive bids for days after posting. We encourage businesses to make a final decision as soon as feasible to ensure that their desired expert remains available.

We have developed (and continue to add features to) the Catalant Project Workspace whereby companies and experts can establish priorities and to-do lists, manage milestones, share documents and communicate during the project. Depending on the user’s settings, the business and the expert will receive email notifications of messages within our Project Workspace.

Once a business selects an expert they can immediately begin to engage using the Project Workspace.

Absolutely. In fact, one of the benefits of Catalant is that it allows you to “try before you buy”. For recurring part-time work (with an individual or group of experts), we can establish weekly or bi-weekly payment agreements. For placement of full-time hires, we charge 20% of the first year’s salary.
Absolutely. There are two ways one can go about this. You can hire one of the boutique firms on the platform, or you can build your own custom team of experts. If you choose to create a custom team, we recommend hiring a single projects manager to lead the team.
Certainly. Although all experts agree to keep all of their work through the Catalant platform confidential when they join the network, many of our business users choose to have experts execute their own NDA.
Customer satisfaction is critical to us. If for some reason you are unsatisfied, we will work to establish a successful outcome for you through mediation or expert replacement.
Confidentiality and privacy are of the utmost importance to us. Please refer to our Privacy Policy for more information.