How to Get the Most Out of Consultants

If you’re running a business, your main priority has to be running that business. In the early days you’ll be concerned with meeting day to day challenges and establishing a customer base, then potentially growing into new markets and new locations. If you’re involved in running a bigger, more established business, your most likely to spend your time making sure you can keep providing the service to customers as they expect, and ensure the employees relying on you get paid.

What this means is that while you become an expert on running your business, there are areas of knowledge you simply don’t have time to develop. It makes sense to hire permanent members of staff to fill some of these gaps: it will save you time and trouble to have a dedicated member of HR staff once you’re business reaches medium size, and depending on your needs it may be worthwhile having a full time IT specialist.

For other situations, it may be worth hiring a consultant or an Interim Manager.

These are specialists, who are adept at coming into businesses and working over the short term to achieve specific goals, and are able to leave afterwards with no costly, drawn out redundancy process.

These specialists come with a hefty price tag, and it’s important make sure you’re getting maximum value for money when you hire them.

Firstly, make sure you’re getting the right person for the job. An Interim Manager has very particular skills, and they’ll be very effective in situations of crisis and change, but less so if you’re trying to simply access a new market or reform your processes. Discuss your needs with an executive search company and they can guide you to the right professionals to help you.

Secondly, you need to have clear aims in mind. This is something else a Consultant or Interim specialist recruiter could help you to crystallize. Try to create a clear picture of how you want your business to look after you’ve worked with a consultant, and distill that down to a list of concrete goals like increasing turnover by a set percentage, or accessing a clearly defined new market. Asking how they would achieve these goals will help guide your initial conversations with consultants.

Finally, don’t be afraid to cut the relationship short: review progress regularly, and if the consultant isn’t delivering what they delivered, don’t feel shy about dispensing with their services. Remember, your business has to come first.

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