Business consultants can have a bad reputation, which is sometimes justified. But if you find the right one for your business they can have a dramatic impact, especially in areas you didn't know there was an issue. So why should you hire a business consultant?
Businesses that are long established often operate in a rut. Typically there is no innovation and gradually your competitors will pass you by. A consultant will be able to assess the situation and get impetus in the business.
A start up company may have a fantastic product but do not have the experience to get a strong share of the market. You need a strong infrastructure that has a trained core in order to guide the business to expansion, you need a consultant that can identify your best assets for growth.
Sales have not recovered since the crash, why? Typically you need to reinvent your business. This is more difficult because staff levels are also down and so is morale. A consultant will have the ability to breathe life back in and bring about change.
Struggling to implement change and facing a strong resistance? Most likely the resistance is because of the style the change is being introduced in. A good consultant will take a pragmatic approach and at the same time bring everyone on board, the consultant is not seen as a danger.
Costs are now too high to allow profitability. Having a remuneration package for a consultant tied to the difference they make can save you money in the short and long term.
The obvious is often not seen by those invested in the business.
So, can a consultant help your business get back on track?