When it really comes down to it, do you need to pay someone else to think for you? Consultants come and go, and it’s a fickle industry. A consultant is an advisor, someone who is supposed to provide reliable information to you, thereby expanding your knowledge and business. It’s supposed to help you out, when in reality, in our modern digital age, it’s becoming a dying position.
Consultants specialize in specific fields. It’s not a one-size-fits-all type of scenario. If you’re in the shipping industry, and your consultant doesn’t know jack about import and export, then the whole match is incompatible. However, you’ll run into loads of consultants that claim they’re “versatile” and “can work in any industry.” That’s a big red flag, waving directly in front of your face.
It’s the information overload era. Anyone can be anything with a laptop and internet connection nowadays. It’s something to encourage, of course. Be who you want to be, do what you want to do, and if you can turn a profit and make a career out of it, then more power to you. When you’re looking to spend a $1,000.00 retainer each month to a consultant, you’d better make damn certain they know what they’re doing.
Motivational speakers and entrepreneurs have taken advantage of this industry, selling online classes and information to those who so desperately seek their fortune through working from home. As a result, it saturates the market. With any freelancing position, which, let’s face it, consulting has never been a concrete, brick-and-mortar type of job, you’re going to run into a lot of people who can’t hack it. It’s how to spot them that’s going to save you.
In the modern day and age, hiring the right consultant has to come from references and experience. While it’s good to take chances on rookies now and again, when it’s burning a hole through your business’ wallet, can you really afford to pay someone else to think for you?