10 Things Small Business Consultants Do Well

When facing the pressures of hard times in business, it can be difficult to keep moving forward. Yet a good consultant can help you see, and deal, with any blockages that your business has. Here are ten examples of how a small business consultant can help:

Marketing

Showing customers your strengths requires specialist expertise. Few small businesses will fail to benefit from a business consultant’s help in this area.

Innovation

Doing old methods in new ways, or flat out doing new things, requires you to stop long enough to think. Consultants will give you the time and they have been there before.

Costings

A fresh pair of eyes can often see where profits are leaking from your business and how to lower current costs.

Funding

Looking for funding to grow your business needs a combination of accountancy skills and a good knowledge of the funding field. Also consider that lenders may be more willing to lend with a consultant on board, as this adds much needed stability to the proceedings.

Recruitment

Choosing the right people for your business is often done better by others. Recruitment consultants do it all the time so thus have much more experience in it than you do.

Training

Realising your business needs and then plugging the gaps with the skills available to you is crucial. Why not get an expert to help?

After all; having happy staff that are also skilled in their area of expertise is a winning combination.

Firing

It may feel like a cop-out but if you have a problem with a current member of staff then a specialist in employment laws can help to sort the situation out. In these cases it is better to be safe than sorry.

IT

Technology is an ever changing constant. Make sure that you have somebody keeping your systems and software up to date. This includes both updates and security, as well as your website.

Property

Whether buying, selling, building or altering; most people get outside help with sorting property issues.

Health

Be sure to plan regular health consultations or ‘check ups’ to make sure both you, and everyone within your business, is fighting fit. Constant exercise has many health benefits, none more so than a happy working environment.

Summary

Consultants come in all forms and are available at different price ranges. I would suggest that you invest in a consultant as you would a car. Yes a cheap one will get you around but it could pack up at any moment and the ride will be far from smooth. On the flip side a more expensive investment will make for a faster and smoother ride.

If you are considering getting a consultant please leave a comment below on the type you are looking for and the problems you are hoping they can help solve.

For those who already have a consultant or have used one in the past I would like to know your experiences.



Author: Kris Cook
Kris is a marketing consultant who works out of his office in not so sunny Ellesmere Port. His passion is helping businesses grow through local SEO, which he has successfully done so over the past 7 years. Kris also enjoys the pleasure of reading, stating John Fante, Chuck Palahniuk & Hubert Selby Jr. amongst his favourites.

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