As most, if not all of my readers have had jobs or been business owners at one point or another, I feel you are qualified to answer this question: How often do you take the time to truly assess your life, job, and business?
I would venture a guess that a vast majority of you answered that you would love to spend more time doing this, but don’t for one reason or another. Often, we get caught up in the day-to-day tedium of our lives and lose the ability to take advantage of opportunities we may not even see. What if we had someone who was that outside perspective? Someone who brought their experience, education, and unique views to benefit your organization by breaking up that monotony, shaking up your business in an effort to create meaningful and positive change.
Of course, I am speaking about a business consultant. An outside observer and expert in their unique brand of business, who does exactly what I described above. So what does a business consultant do?
The Benefits of a Consultant
1. Outside Perspective
As described above, even though there could be room for improvements (100% chance there are), management may not see them or have a viable way of implementing the improvements that are necessary.
A business consultant acts an a neutral third party, interpreting company status quo into a plan on how and where the biggest improvements can be made within the organization. This can be the breath of fresh air that leads to incredible positive changes in an organization.
2. Great Resources for a Low Price
A business consultant brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences to your organization. Due to the nature of being a consultant, the company only pays for the fee of the consultant, no benefits, 401K, or taxes associated with the assistance. Compared to hiring this person outright, the cost of bringing their skills to the company are miniscule. During this time of social, political, and economic upheaval, a company receives assistance to grow and streamline businesses at a much lower cost than full time employment of several more individuals. Business consultants help make a company more efficient in using their assets, improving the bottom line and opening a company to new opportunities to improve long-term success.
3. Divide and Conquer
Corporate America today asks its managers to do more with less. By bringing a business consultant into the organization at a time of heavy demand, a manager can divide some tasks with the consultant. This allows managers focus less on the day-to-day and more on the strategic vision of the organization, again opening up the organization to growth and greater opportunities.
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Instead of suffering increased costs, hours, and stress to provide these same results, a business consultant can lessen the load of leadership. This extra assistance helps provide focus while providing new tips and tricks to conquering the same tasks in new ways due to their experience.
4. Goal Oriented Results
Since a business consultant often is only hired for a temporary stint at an organization, they have developed many strategies that create short-term goals that have big impact, therefore justifying their value. A business consultant often motivates your employees to do the same, spreading their results-driven approach throughout the organization to make the most amount of positive change in the shortest amount of time. They are masters of packing the most value in the shortest period, while inspiring your workforce to do the same.
For example, Polaris Strategies LLC operates on a LEAN Six Sigma platform that can be applied to any business. This process focuses on quick, decisive changes and instilling a culture of continuous improvement. That means you see an immediate positive change in the flow of your organization, while the investment of making these changes are realized in the cost-savings of making these changes. Long-term profits are driven by the continuous change culture that is instilled by the company training.
So Who Can Benefit From a Business Consultant?
The truth is, every organization in every industry can benefit in some way. I often tell clients that I am a problem solver (it comes from being a father and an engineer) and a constructive critic (an aspect of my personality my wife hates). If there has been this little nagging problem that you just have not been able to figure out a solution to, or just want to see what is even possible, I encourage you to sit down with me and lets talk. There is no obligation, no fees, and best of all you already have someone in your corner, wanting your success. So what do you say? Do you want to improve?
Ready to take the next step?