One of the strengths of a good CEO is that they recognise they don’t have all the skills for every situation. When they’re hiring they try to strengthen areas they aren’t expert in, making the executive level of the business a productive partnership of different specialists.
Even with a good hiring practice, you may run into situations where you simply don’t have the expertise to successfully face a challenge. Fortunately, there is a thriving industry of expert consultants who can drop into your business and deliver your expert for the specific time you need it.
Consultants are an advantage, because you don’t need to waste time and resources onboarding a new employee who is going to be irrelevant in a few months time. They can deliver their expertise and be released with no penalty to you. Here are three kinds of consultant you should really consider using.
When you’re first setting up your business, you’re not going to have access to an in house legal team. It’s worth consulting with a local business lawyer to make sure you are compliant with the law and all your documents are correctly filed.
They can also advocate for you in negotiations to make you get the best deal and aren’t taken advantage of.
If your business is growing from small to medium size, you’re likely to suddenly develop the need for a fully fledged HR Team without having any of the necessary skills. An HR Consultant can step in to get things off on the right foot. They’ll lay the foundations not just for the systems you need to use, but the culture that will see your new HR team become an important asset to the business, not just people who handle payroll and holiday requests.
If you’re not running an information based business, it may not be worthwhile to hire a full time IT specialist. Having access to their skills would still be important to your operation though, which is where an IT Consultant can step in.
They can ensure not only that you have the necessary systems to communicate with customers and store their information, but also that your own information is secure from outside attack. With cyber-security more and more of an issue, they can take steps to make sure you are compliant with data protection legislation and keep one step ahead of the hackers.