Should you hire a Small Business Consultant?

Hiring a small business consultant is a big step for you and your business, so here are a few questions to ask yourself before deciding if it is the right move for you!

Do you need more time?

Most entrepreneurs and small business owners find time management their biggest challenge. Getting bogged down in the inevitable administrative tasks that keep your business ticking over from day to day, but don't move the needle, can be frustrating. A consultant can, quite literally, give you your time back to focus on what will have the most impact on your business.

If you reach mid-afternoon and find that you haven't even started on that project or the big tasks you wanted to achieve, it's no wonder you feel overwhelmed. Wearing too many hats can take the wind out of your sails. You either want to give up or end up sacrificing on family time, well-being and sleep to get through your workload. If this sounds like your predicament, it is definitely time to delegate!

If you find yourself wishing for more hours in the day or simply someone to help you manage a busy schedule, hiring a consultant is a fantastic solution to help you feel more in control of your time. From just a few hours per week, a consultant can make a huge difference to your work-life balance.

Are you doing what you love?

  • Why did you start your business?

  • What leaves you feeling fulfilled and accomplished after a long day of work?

  • Are you spending time on the things that you actually enjoy?

  • Are your skills and abilities being used in the right areas of your business?

These are important questions to ask yourself when considering hiring a consultant. We so often go into business because we have a certain skill set or talent, knowing that we can excel in that field, only to realise once our venture is established, that we are spending 50% or more of our time on the things we hate. Admin, paperwork, emails, marketing, SEO, scheduling, social media, invoicing... the list is endless!

Are you constantly distracted?

Ultimately, it is 'focus' that will allow you to grow your business and most importantly, enjoy doing it. Studies have proven that it takes a whopping 23 mins on average to re-focus on the task in hand after a distraction and lets face it, distractions are everywhere especially for entrepreneurs! When we focus in on the big tasks, the things we are highly skilled in, we find ourselves in a flow state and as a result we can achieve huge amounts in a short space of time. If you find yourself constantly distracted by the small things, it can prove fatal for growth and fulfilment.

Hiring a consultant is the perfect remedy, delegate your distractions and get back to doing what you love!

Shall we talk money?

It would crazy not to address the biggest hurdle when you need to hire an extra pair of hands... it's money of course! Even if we recognise the power of delegation, budget is still the biggest concern when it comes to asking for help. Most us would love to have more time, more focus and less stress but parting with hard-earned cash requires a leap of faith and a lot of trust in the process.

The beauty of hiring a consultant is that we can work to most budgets and there is no long term commitment. Hiring a full-time assistant would be a much greater risk and far more costly. Small business consultant's are skilled in many areas of running a business, adaptable and work on the specific areas that you need the most help with, giving you peace of mind and flexibility in your working relationship. Not to mention - you avoid the extra costs of office space, equipment, pension schemes or holiday pay!

Starting with just 3 hours of assistance per week can make a huge difference to your workload. Once you free up some of your time, your ability to grow your revenue and achieve your goals becomes much more attainable.

I believe in the mantra 'you gotta spend money to make money'. Investing a little money in the right areas will ensure that you see a return on your investment. Hiring a consultant is the perfect short-term and long-term investment and it will not take long to reap the rewards.

Still not ready to commit?

I know, it's a big decision but the good news is that you have the gift of choice. It is important to have a video call or a meeting in person when hiring a potential consultant. It is much like an interview for both parties, allowing you to talk through your individual challenges and find that right match for what you need. It's very important you build trust with whoever you work with!

Before engaging with a consultant, write a list of the tasks you want to cross off your to-do list and delegate and also have a rough budget in mind. Also consider what it is you want to do with your extra time once these tasks are no longer on your list. The more detail you can give at this early stage, the more time you can save further down the road.

If you still have concerns about the process, then be honest, this is your chance to find out if hiring a consultant is right for you and your business!

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