Whether you are just beginning to build your business or you need to take it to the next level, hiring an expert to help you on your way will benefit your company. However, just as it can be difficult to know when to engage your next employee, it may be hard to determine when to hire an expert either as a consultant or an employee.
Here is a quick rule of thumb you can use to decide when it’s time to bring in a specialist in a particular field:
Ask yourself if you know what your next steps are and if that knowledge comes with an assurance of success.
If you aren’t sure that the steps you plan to take will result in success, it’s time to minimally hire a consultant.
Should I Hire a Consultant, Coach, or an Employee?
Many companies don’t need to hire a specialist in a particular area permanently. However, occasionally you will need a full-time employee dedicated to a specific field. You can determine if you should hire a consultant, a coach or an employee by answering a series of questions:
- Are you making a permanent change/opening a new department for which you need a head that specializes in a particular field?
- Are you hoping to learn how to do this specialty activity yourself?
- In what field specifically do you need assistance? Leadership? Accounting? Management? Something else?
If you need assistance with something like strategizing the next steps of your business expansion, a business consultant or coach may be your best option. However, if you are opening a department that requires specialized knowledge in a particular field, you should probably hire a permanent employee.
It may be that the best option is to hire a permanent employee while also working with a consultant or coach to discover the best ways to utilize that employee’s specialized knowledge in a particular area.
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