I’m almost afraid to ask, but I’m going to ask you anyway:
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the term “business consultants”?
You might think of Ryan Bingham from the movie “Up in the Air” who travels around the country to help businesses restructure & downsize by firing people.
Not a particularly good impression.
Or you might think of MBA’ers, whose #1 goal is to get hired by top management consulting firms like Bain, Boston Consulting, McKinsey, Accenture, etc.
OK, another not-so-great impression, especially if you are a creative business owner.
In a way, these are stereotypical descriptions of business/management consultants. But, in reality, they can help you find solutions to various business challenges faster.
From my own experience communicating with small business owners, they often don’t consider hiring a business consultant because of these objections:
1. It’s too expensive
2. Their business is not big enough in size to hire a consultant
3. They feel they need help in other areas in their business
It’s a shame because they may be missing out on spectacular growth opportunities by not teaming up with a business consultant. Later in this post, you will see why these are just misconceptions about what business consultants can bring to the table.
So, think again if you thought hiring a business consulting firm or a business consultant was a privilege only available to major brands and corporations. 20 years ago, maybe. But in this day & age, it isn’t.
This post is a comprehensive overview covering the basics of how to find out whether you need to hire a business/management consultant for your business.
Let’s Address the Elephant in the Room
Because I do roll my eyes when I see a blog post about why we need to hire an accountant on an accounting firm’s website and/or a guest-post about why it’s important to hire a social media strategist written by a social media strategist on an online business publication, I get why you might be rolling your eyes reading this post right now.
It’s a bit cheesy. I agree.