Knowing quite well that the best consultants for an entrepreneur is family and friends and the company’s employees – and not least other entrepreneurs – this section focuses on the professional consulting service in terms of private or public advisers, lawyers, account officers, etc.
Consulting services can be a crucial factor for a company’s prosperity and eventual survival. Proceed with common sense and thoughtfulness.
Good advice does not turn up spontaneously. It takes preparation and
follow-up. And first and foremost successful consultancy service takes an
entrepreneur disposed to consulting, an entrepreneur who knows how to use a
Mainly, two types of consultancy need exist for the entrepreneurial business:
Typically, an entrepreneur will have to identify the need for technical consulting services him/herself as it usually arises from a problem that requires a here-and-now solution.
A problem arises and the entrepreneur begins a search for a consultant
specialised in the specific field. If the right one is found the problem is
solvable and the entrepreneur can resume interrupted work.
Technical consulting services include accounts, IT acquisitions, web site creating, working out sales letters, etc.
Whereas technical consulting services solve a specific problem, strategic consulting services cover the over all challenges a business owner comes up against.
Answers, which strategic consulting services can help you find:
To assist to such decisions the consultant must be able to take on a holistic approach. If your accountant is capable of that, it is obvious to consult him/her. Alternatively, you will have to find out who would make a suitable sparring partner.
As a business owner you are surrounded by experts and good friends, each handling their individual piece of the jigsaw puzzle that running a business is. However, it is for the owner him/herself to complete the jigsaw puzzle.
Probably the best advice I ever got in my life was from the head of the accounting department, Mr. Hutchinson, I believe at the Glidden Company in Chicago, and he told me: You really aren´t cut out for accounting.
- Bob Newhart, American stand-up comedian