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26
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2018

7 Reasons why you should consider using a Business Consultant

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In the current economic environment, it is important that businesses find ways to stand out, improve operations, and increase their turnover and profit while keeping expenses down. Many businesses struggle to stay ahead of the competition and their day-to-day operations are more than enough to keep owners or managers busy especially in smaller businesses where they wear many hats.

By choosing to use an experienced business consultant it allows businesses the ability to look towards growth and development instead of simply maintaining the business at current levels. Many businesses though question the cost of bringing in a business consultant. To help with this question, we have identified what we have seen time and again as some of the key reasons why a business should consider using the right business consultant within their business:

1. A Focus on Growth Strategies

The right consultant provides a significant amount of value for a business. They can help to develop strategies for growth or manage projects. Since consultants are not committed to a single firm, they bring experience and insight from a variety of companies and industries, which allows them to offer creative solutions and enables “out of the box” thinking. They can provide an objective viewpoint, which allows for more diverse ideas than could be provided solely by employees within the organisation.

2. Higher Levels of Expertise

The right consultant will have a higher level of business expertise than the average employee and can provide unique solutions for businesses. Companies may want to consider the advantages of the level of expertise that can be brought by a consultant, as well as how they could benefit from having an established strategic plan. Ultimately, solutions can be defined and delivered faster saving on total costs of delivery and bringing forward benefits.

3. Advantage of an Outside Pair of Eyes

It’s common for internal teams to miss certain problems in the company because of organisational cultural bias or being too close to problems and overlooking them. Organisations can miss addressing critical issues that might negatively impact them now or in the future. Business consultants can therefore offer this fresh perspective and identify any areas being overlooked.

4. Extensive Market Knowledge

The right consultants have extensive expertise and experience within the business area or sector that the business operates in. They would have worked with many companies in the same industry and have a high level of knowledge on the varying market trends within the industry. They will know what other competing companies are doing and can therefore suggest and implement strategies and recommendations that can help your company outsmart the competition.

5. Frees up time to focus on Core Business

It’s always a daunting task for managers or business owners to solve all company problems on top of their main role within the business. Dedicating quality time to address certain aspects is a path most companies don’t like to take, as it ends up being costly. However, a consultant is in a unique position to dedicate their efforts towards data collection, formulating policies and delivering necessary solutions to solve the businesses problems. The business owner can then dedicate all of this extra time to focus on the core business activities that will contribute to higher turnover and profitability.

6. Experts at Navigating Change

The right business consultant will know how to drive growth, implement change and ensure that formulated strategy is bought into and seen through. They are also able to dedicate all of their time to managing the change within the organisation. This means that change can be implemented at speed and more efficiently than if managed internally by someone who is not as qualified or experienced in the processes of change management.

7. The Transfer of Expert Knowledge & Skills

By bringing in a business consultant with years of knowledge and expertise within the industry you are effectively obtaining an expert and expert knowledge that your staff can learn from. The right consultant will ensure they transfer knowledge to the people of the organisation to use in years ahead.

 

Here at Acceler8 we are experts in business strategy and change management. If you would like to discuss how we would be able to help then please feel free to contact us.

John-Potamianos
About the Author
A Change and Programme Management professional with international experience in business transformation, from strategy definition to implementation and covering all dimensions of change: sourcing, contracts, policy, process, IT, infrastructure, behavioural, organisational. John is a Fellow of the Institute of Consulting, a Change Management Practitioner, and MBA qualified who has delivered change and integration of customer facing, commercial, operational and back office capabilities in various organisations.

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