Does a young company have a need for consultants? Are they a worthy expense at this stage in the game? Well, possibly. There are actually many disparate circumstances under which hiring a consultant is a great idea. An article at Young Upstarts touches upon seven major benefits to working with consultants regardless of a company’s age:
- Accomplishing specific tasks
- Providing coveted time for hiring
- Presenting an outside diagnosis
- Supplying specific expertise
- Building a network of resources
- Supporting optimization
- Furnishing temporary services
The Power of Consulting
When a business wants to get something big off its plate so it can focus on other pressing matters, a great solution is to hire a consultant to tackle that one specific task, and then send the consultant packing once the job is done. Consultants are also a useful stopgap during hiring; they can fill a needed role in the organization until you hire a permanent employee in the position. Likewise, consultants can be hired when a very select skill set is required over only a finite time period.
A more major and traditional function of consultants is their ability to provide an objective, outside diagnosis on what presently ails your business. Since they likely already have a wealth of experience with other players in your industry, their opinions hold even greater weight and are generally worth their cost. On that same note, consultants bring with them a network of resources that they can employ to your benefit.
About supporting optimization, the article states:
There are probably plenty of things in your company that could be done better or more efficiently. It is especially important for fast-growing businesses to concern themselves with procedures and processes, because such things often go to the wayside in the midst of working to stay afloat during rapid growth. A consultant can pinpoint areas for improvement and offer solutions without wasting a lot of your time. Doing this on your own could take hundreds of hours of meeting and brainstorming time away from other tasks for your company.
Has there been a nagging thorn in your business’s side for a while now? Maybe a consultant is the answer. You can read the original article here: http://www.youngupstarts.com/2015/07/09/should-startups-hire-consultants-7-benefits-to-hiring-consultants/