As a company owner, when do you think to hire a consultant, and how you find him/her?
At which stage of your project do you incorporate the opinion of certain business consultant, and what are the parameters of choosing this consultant? How you can find him/her?
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Look for subject matter experts through your existing business network and LinkedIn, and any industry groups.. Speak with your contacts to see whether they had success with any consultants that might be suitable for your needs. Request references and speak with them, asking about the most important factors in your business.
Some things to remember: If you think an expensive consultant can be costly, try using a cheap consultant...Decide beforehand if you will REALLY FOLLOW THE CONSULTANT'S SUGGESTIONS! Many clients never take the action suggested by consultants, making the entire project a waste of time and money.
Determine in advance: Your company's mission and vision, and the goals for the consultant's project.
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Great question Mohamed. There are 3 things to pay attention to when choosing a consultant and determining if you need one.
1. Your business is not growing at the pace you envisioned or projected - Consultants can help you see your "blind spots" in your business and help identify why you are not growing as you should. A good consultant will steer you in the right direction to get back on track.
2. You feel as though you are lacking skills in a critical area to your business - A great consultant will help educate you on best practices in your business to help you accomplish your goals. The will help you implement what needs to be done to take your business to the next level.
3. References, Industry and Track Record - Make sure the consultant you choose has plenty of references you can talk to, someone with experience in your industry and someone with a track record of success.
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Well, I don't think that there will any description needed in knowing at the stage at which one decides to higher the the consultants. What I am going to say over here is at every stage there is a need of consultant because they are person which people first start talking to. Let me give you an example like we are mobile application development company, and the very first person our clients talk with is the consultant they are the person responsible for guiding the clients over the right direction, they are going to have a look at the clients requirements and accordingly they create a plan which one should work upon. So, I would say with every new idea there is a need for consultants.
If you hire person. Find him/her on Linkedin and if you need company for this work. Search on Google through keywords.
Brendan & Enrique put it right. I will just add as a business owner, you better have a preventive approach than a curative one. Find someone to walk alongside with you and it is where business coaching add to you and your company more value.
Where to find them? Right here on this platform you have already many opportunities to find some through their insightful responses just like Brendan & Enrique. Take time to make sure that you resonate with them in your values.
As a result, you will find personal and business growth. Good luck and if there is anything I can do to keep helping don't hesitate.
When building a team, it is not about how many members you'll need but how a member takes a role that will make the team win over any obstacle or challenge in the game. With that being said, hiring a consultant is not something you should simply shun or ignore just because you don't feel like it. But having a consultant particularly in a certain tough situation would be like a light amidst the shadows of confusion.It is indeed a great help to have one, but the final decision in dealing with business matters will still be in your hands. So the hard question is not just about who to call, but when you'll need them? When will be the perfect and right time to hire one? That will depend on your need. What you have to do is to carefully plan and weigh things for your business. Have the time to reflect and don't be haste in deciding.
I completely agree, Moira! I would definitely recommend making the time and investment to discuss the plan and project during the development stage. Waiting until there are problems or things are not going according to plan will cost you more and perhaps even your entire business. I also recommend developing a network of people that are experienced and you can trust for advice on an ongoing basis as situations arise or you want to bounce ideas off of..
I would say in short terms, that if you have a problem/difificulty you and your team is not in position to solve/improve, that is the right moment to hire a consultant.
How to choose? the faster and lower risk system is requesting a recruiter to introduce to you 3 experts on the matter after explaining him the issue you are involved, choose the one on 2nd level of them and hire him.