A small business consultant is an outside expert a company hires to solve an internal business problem. Great consultants are sources of specialized knowledge, skills, experience, and processes that improve their client’s condition.
A small business coach helps clients focus on personal development topics that are obstacles to achieving professional growth and success, such as finding clarity, decision making, and getting into action. Business coaches don’t give advice. Instead, they help clients find the answers within themselves
Why hire a small business coach-consultant?
Typically, each small business needs the combination services of a coach-consultant. Small business owners will hire a coach-consultant as a cost-effective way to bridge a gap in the knowledge and skills within their company, or a as a way to bring in a fresh, objective, and professional perspective.
A coach-consultant gives advice, teaches skills, and brainstorms with the client to produce practical results and enhance strategic thinking. They typically specialize in one area of business management, such as government relations, operations, or marketing. Outputs of their work usually include a written report of effective recommendations for growth and economic impact. Some consultants will also implement the plan that is created, based on the client's request.
The coach-consultant works with clients on strategy, planning and problem solving, and helps clients develop business skills and knowledge. Click to tweet.
Topics can range from designing a business model or marketing plan, to determining which marketing techniques to use and how to use them. Coach-consultants also often help clients learn how to plan and implement projects.
According to Bplans.com, these are the "three most common reasons why clients turn to consultants for help:
- To find the problem(s): In many cases, a business or organization may be exhibiting problematic “symptoms”, such as a decrease in customer traffic, or cash-flow issues, and internal management is unable to pinpoint the source of the problem. In this case, a consultant can come in to observe the symptoms within their operations, conduct some tests and research, and determine the root of the problem.
- To create the solution(s): In some cases, an organization may have a goal that it can’t achieve internally either because there is a skills gap or because it is simply not within a company’s core competency. Hiring a good consultant can save time and money, and ultimately achieve a better result.
- Optimization: In some cases, a company may have grown very quickly and it knows there are lots of things that could be doing better, but the company doesn't know where to start. A consultant can come in and bring in some fresh perspective, evaluate any or all areas of your business, and determine the processes and procedures to increase productivity levels and follow bench-marking/best practices."
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