If you’re a small business owner, then it’s safe to assume you’re highly skilled and used to multitasking. So many successful businesses start as one-man bands, so it’s fairly easy to profile their owners. Because you’re so used to doing everything yourself, it may not have occurred to you to hire in a consultant. There are a range of benefits this can have for your start-up, so don’t completely dismiss it!
First of all, it can save you time and money. Perhaps you’re doing tasks which are a little outside your area of expertise. If you could be working on areas where you’d really shine, then you certainly need to consider hiring a consultant. For example, let’s say you’re still filling in all your business taxes yourself. You’re competent enough to do this, but it’s often a long and complex task, which requires specialised knowledge. By outsourcing this kind of work to a financial consultant, you’ll be saving your time and resources, which can be spent elsewhere. It doesn’t really matter what the task is. If your skills could be more useful somewhere else, then consider hiring a consultant.
Another good thing about consultants is that they’re there as and when you need them. Perhaps you actually like handling everything at your business personally. However, you have to consider whether this is the best move for your business as a whole. At every company, complex issues and tasks will spring up. When these things happen, it’s best to have an industry expert in your camp. Let’s take a shipping company for example. You might have decades of experience in international logistics. However, if you’re modifying a vessel and don’t have any knowledge whatsoever in anchor analysis, it may be time to bring in the professionals. In many instances, consultants can help business owners get it right the first time around. Remember that you can only “wing it” for so many tasks. Eventually, it will catch up with you!
Finally, consultants can help you to accommodate for your own growth. I’m sure you want your start-up to grow in a fast and healthy way. For some business owners though, this can happen all too quickly. If you woke up tomorrow, and there was a sudden increase in demand for your products, would you know what to do? If you don’t have the resources to meet this demand, you’ll have to ramp up your supply in a quick and chaotic flurry. Often, this leads to missed quotas, disappointed customers, and a host of other problems. In this kind of situation, consultants offer a middle ground between a recruitment drive and the loss of your firm’s reputation. The ebb and flow of business doesn’t always go as we expect it to. When everything’s up in the air, a cool-headed consultant can become a total life saver.
Hopefully, this post has dispelled any misconceptions you had about consultants. All start-ups go through periods of uncertainty. When your resources are feeling thinly spread, a good consultant could be the fix you’re looking for.