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Using Consulting Business Services: The Advantages and Disadvantages

Using Consulting Business Services: The Advantages and Disadvantages

Dr Thommie Burger is the Founder of JTB Consulting
6 Pros and Cons of Consulting Business Services

Consulting Business Services are sometimes synonymous with snake oil salesmen. Not all business consulting services are bad and can benefit your company. We are already halfway through 2022. For business owners, it’s the final stretch towards the end of the year and the perfect time to set some concrete business goals for the remainder of the year and 2023.

Are you looking to grow your business in 2022/2023? Do you have problems you want to solve or moves you need to strategise for? Do you have a blind spot in your business knowledge you’d like to address? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you could probably benefit from Consulting Business Services.

If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Do I need Consulting Business Services?” but weren’t sure whether it was a prudent or necessary move, it may help you to learn six significant Pros and Cons of hiring an External Business Consultant.

What are Consulting Business Services?

Consulting business services is a term that can encompass many different things. Business consultants may be extremely knowledgeable about a particular market or area of business, or they may offer a range of different services. For example, if you need assistance with financing, are looking to create a capital-raising business plan, or want to expand into a different market, these are all things a business consultant might help you with. The true value of a business consultant is that they can offer guidance and assistance to help you make the best decisions for your business. There are also, however, other benefits of consulting business services as well.

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6 Pros of Consulting Business Services

  1. Save Valuable Time: Running a successful business requires hard work, acumen, and a lot of time. Hiring a business consultant can help to lighten the load and free up time for work on other important issues.
  2. Offer an Outsider’s Perspective: Knowing the best decision to make in business can often be tough. An often overlooked and underestimated benefit of hiring a business consultant is that they can come into a situation with fresh eyes and see things from a new and objective angle.
  3. Fill in Gaps in Your Knowledge: Every business person has strengths and weaknesses. If there is a particular area of business in which you feel you might need help, it can be a good idea to hire someone with expertise in that subject to fill in gaps in your knowledge.
  4. Save Money: Many businesses choose to take on a business financial consultant to help streamline their processes or identify inefficiencies in how the company is running. This results in both better business practices and bigger financial savings.
  5. Achieve Goals: Every business owner has goals they would like to achieve. Whether obtaining business acquisition financing, launching a new product, or hitting set KPIs for the quarter, a business consultant is trained to help businesses accomplish their stated objectives in both the short and long term.
  6. Offer Expertise: The role of the business consulting services that a consulting offer is to stay on top of market trends, possess a wealth of experience and knowledge in different areas of business, and have a skill for strategizing and thinking outside of the box. Their job is to possess expertise that allows them to advise and help business owners make the best decisions for their business.

Could Your Business Benefit?

The above advantages of hiring consulting business services cannot be overstated. A good business consultant provides guidance, answers, solutions, and more. But, let’s look at the disadvantages as well…

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6 Cons of Consulting Business Services

  1. Availability: A consultant usually services multiple clients simultaneously, so their availability is limited. There might be times when you may need them urgently, and they might not be able to abide by your requirements immediately. Also, a consultant only gives you a strategy; they do not execute it, which means you will still need an internal team to implement the same at all hours.
  2. Uncertainty: Consultants do not come with guarantees, so there is always a possibility that you might not achieve the desired results when you hire them, irrespective of the cost. You can minimise the risk by looking at their past work/record and conducting a thorough reference check, but if you are uncomfortable with uncertainty, you are advised not to hire a consultant.
  3. Brain drain? Consultants bring vast amounts of knowledge and experience to the table, but there is a risk that they take that with them when they leave the project and organisation. For organisations to reap the full benefits, it is important to ensure that knowledge is transferred to the standing organisation and that consultants participate in this handover process.
  4. One-Size-Fits-All: Facing unique challenges due to a client organisation’s unique DNA, consultants should create customised and tailored solutions in theory. However, in practice, many consultants still approach their role with a one-size-fits-all mentality. Rather than tailoring their advice and support to the client, they can be inclined to re-use pre-cooked methods and toolkits, enabling them to deliver faster and more cost-effective, but with the risk of adding less value to their client.
  5. Limited Company Knowledge: A downside of consulting is that consultants often lack knowledge of in-house procedures. This can create work conflict, as their operation mode may affect your regular employees’ workflow. You typically have limited control over independent contractors; they are guided only by what is contained in the contract.
  6. Expensive: The biggest disadvantage of hiring a business consultant is that you will have to pay her a sizable amount. Most consultants have reached their positions because they are very good at what they do. Because of this, they will charge a premium for their services. A business consultant is very often more expensive as compared to an employee. When the project is running on a low budget, a consultant should be hired only if you are sure they will help multiple the productivity/profits. Either way, financial risk is involved in hiring a consultant.

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