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How to engage a consultant

Welcome to another episode of the Work Wonders podcast (listen here) where we discussed something a little different! How to engage a consultant in your business.


There could be many reasons you engage an external consultant for your business – think of an Accountant, a Lawyer, Business Coach, Web Developer, SEO expert (just to name a few!) or even a HR Consultant like us at Aster HR.


There is a definite business strategy behind paying someone external to your business, as opposed to hiring an employee with this specialist skill.


In this episode we take you through some of the decisions you need to make in order to choose the right fit for you.


In this episode, we delve into the intricacies of engaging consultants and share insights on finding the right fit for your business needs. Join us as we explore the similarities between recruiting employees and engaging advisors, and uncover the key steps to ensure a successful partnership.


1. Identifying the Right Advisor

Similar to finding the right employee, identifying the right advisor requires networking and seeking recommendations. Whether it’s through word of mouth or professional networks, reaching out for referrals can lead you to experts who match your specific needs.

It’s crucial to be clear about what you’re looking for. Whether it’s an employment lawyer, a business coach, or an HR consultant, knowing your requirements will help you narrow down your search and find the perfect fit for your business.


2. Setting Expectations

Before engaging a consultant, outline your expectations clearly. Just as you would with an employee, define the scope of work, desired outcomes, and timelines. This clarity will help both parties understand what is expected and ensure alignment throughout the engagement.


3. Getting Stuck In

Once the engagement begins, focus on achieving the agreed-upon outcomes. Documenting expectations and progress can help track performance and ensure accountability. Regular communication is key to addressing any issues that arise and making necessary adjustments along the way.


4. Addressing Challenges

Despite careful planning, challenges may arise during the engagement. It’s essential to address these issues proactively. If expectations are not being met, have an open and honest conversation with your advisor. Revisit the initial agreement and discuss any necessary changes to get back on track.


5. Knowing When to Move On

In some cases, despite efforts to address issues, the partnership may not work out. It’s essential to recognize when it’s time to part ways and find a new advisor. Trust your instincts and prioritize the success of your business above all else.


If you’d like to know the process in working with us at Aster HR…

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In the end…

Engaging consultants can be a valuable strategy for small business owners seeking specialized expertise without the commitment of hiring full-time employees. By following these tips, you can navigate the process effectively and find the right advisor to help drive your business forward.

If you have any questions about the process of engaging a consultant or need further guidance, feel free to get in touch with us.


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