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4 Reasons Companies Use Consultants
For those that are not part of the industry, the term consultant seems mysterious and a bit vague. What does a consultant do and why are they hired en masse throughout the world economy? Simply put, consultants bring expertise to an area that a company may not know much about. The reasons for not hiring a consultant are well known and usually revolve around money, but as it turns out, the cost of not bringing in a consultant when you need one can cost you significantly more. Here are four compelling reasons why a company should look outside of its existing workforce and hire a consultant.
Knowledge Whether you’re expanding overseas or if you’re building a new interactive website, you want things to be done quickly and you want them done correctly. Even the largest company once started out as someone’s baby, and chances are, they’re still people who genuinely care about the welfare and the future of even the largest Fortune 500 corporations. When you bring in a consultant, you hire someone who has worked on, studied, and dedicated their life to the exact problem your company is facing at that moment. Wouldn’t you like to have someone like that spearheading your project?
Efficiency Is it possible there is someone currently on your staff that could take over this major new initiative and do an okay job with it? Sure, if okay is all you are after. When you bring in a professional consultant, you not only get a person who has a track record of proven results, you get someone who knows the quickest way from point A to point B. You maximize your time and effort, and everyone knows that time truly is money.
Money The whole point of bringing in a consultant is to complete a project sooner rather than later so you can use this new tool to help increase revenue. With a professional consultant helping to steer the way, you will not only likely get a better result for your investment, but one ready to turn around and pay for itself immediately. Otherwise, your expansion project could turn into a money swallowing quagmire that ends up doing far more harm to your company’s welfare than good.
Leadership One of the common refrains heard by CEOs who decide against bringing in a consultant is that they don’t want someone from the outside to see “how crazy things here are.” While this idea may contain a kernel of truth, the reality is that by letting someone under-qualified take on a major project in place of a consultant, your company is showing a complete lack of leadership. There is nothing embarrassing about a company admitting that they don’t have someone on staff to spearhead a new project, but there is something undeniably sad about not being able to own up to possible shortcomings. Being afraid of doing so could doom your company. You should never be too proud to admit you need help. All the real winners do.