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6 Tips for Hiring a Consultant

Small businesses may not have much experience with consultants, and they may have even less idea of how to use them effectively. You should not hire a consultant before you really know how to use them to their fullest ability. In a YouTube video, Amy Schmittauer discusses the six tips to know about this: Know your contract terms and the goal of the engagement. Assume your consultant understands the contract terms. Be aware of what …

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Reasons Your Business Needs an IT Consultant

Even when you always try to hire the best, there are going to be gaps in expertise here and there. In an article for The LMJ, Michael Cruickshank suggests some reasons that you might want to hire IT consultants to augment your business. For one thing, hiring IT consultants on a limited basis to handle specialized tasks is cheaper than hiring a dedicated employee for a task. Consultants also have a depth of experience working …

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People Are Not One-Stop Shopping in Hiring

Today, businesses expect people who can “do it all”—and this expectation is too high, according to Fiona Czerniawska in a post for Source Global Research. Sure, people who have dabbled in a lot of robust areas of consulting exist, but they are few and not necessarily excessively more valuable. Rather, what is more important is putting together teams that collectively account for a full spectrum of relevant knowledge areas. Clients do not care if you …

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How an IT Consultant Can Benefit Your Nonprofit

A little bit of technology can enhance virtually any experience, but you may not always have the knowhow to make the best of that technology. Enter the IT consultant. Peter Franklin writes about the benefits of IT consultants to nonprofits in an article for Tech Networks of Boston. Specifically, he talks about the IT consultants who have their niche in nonprofit work. He says such consultants can improve support tools, reduce inefficiencies, and generally save …

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What to Know for Consultant Interview Questions

Consultant interviews typically involve a more specialized form of mental gymnastics than other types of job interviews. They ask a variety of behavioral questions and ask you to interpret case studies. In an article for the Balance, Alison Doyle highlights some tips to best prepare you to ace these interviews. Quiz Wizard First, you should prepare to be asked all of the usual job interview stuff, since some of that will leak into the interview—stuff …

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5 Reasons to Hire an Expensive Consultant

The more you pay for something, the more quality you expect. But sometimes that quality is just an illusion created by good marketing, and something cheaper would have been fine. Is it worthwhile to go top-dollar with consultants for your business when you could attempt to do the work in-house instead? In an article for Fast Company, Justin Webb gives five reasons why he believes the answer is a yes: Specialized expertise Real-world experience Dedicated …

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How to Prepare for Your Consultant

You have hired consultants to swoop in and improve operations. That was step one. Step two is ensuring that you have fully enabled them to succeed. A post at Get the Business shares some tips for preparing for the arrival of consultants. In the first place, you should obviously inform affected teams that consultants are coming and explain the working relationship that will exist between them. People also need to know which days of the …

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Does It Pay to Hire Consultants?

It is strange but true that many still approach the idea of consulting with suspicion and skepticism. Do you really need to hire an outsider to do work for you when you already have a whole business full of competent people? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Jerome Barthelemy shares research from his study of 311 Bordeaux wineries over a decade and arrives at a surprising answer to this question. Circumstances for Value As …

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9 Truths Your Consultant Wants to Tell You (but May Not)

Business leaders hire consultants with high expectations, and rightfully so. But there are also many misconceptions that can get tangled in these expectations, resulting in times where clients and consultants fall out of sync with each other. In an article for Huffington Post’s India edition, Shwetabh Jha outlines nine truths that consultants wish they could convey to clients, but sometimes do not: Different consultancies are run in different ways. As CEO or business leader, strategy …

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Why a Benefits Consultant Is Good for Business

It may sound hard to believe, but insurance and benefits can actually get kind of costly. Google it if you have to; the information is out there. In an article for Noobpreneur.com, Ivan Widjaya discusses the value of hiring a benefits consultant to help businesses with these costs. Prosperous Results The benefits consultant looks at the funds the business has allotted to benefits and determines if there are more effective ways to use those funds, …

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