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Companies, who work with consultants are well aware of the early steps of forming a business or venture. Startups gain quicker expertise, which gives them an advantage in getting to the next phase faster. Usually, consultants help startups projects to avoid costly mistakes and wasted time. They also provide advice and clear much up confusion regarding the project for early business.
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Consultants help clients to define the right goals for their startup business and develop strategies to achieve them, while confirming that the company has the right capabilities and resources to make it all happen.
Consultants help clients to find the right technology for their business’s specific needs. We provide our clients with authoritative technology vendors and technology selection tools.
Usually startups have to perform multiple items concurrently. Consultants can help supporting clients to define and perform major critical steps in the early stages of a business.
Before promoting your products or services, for every startup it is essential to prepare a clear brand message of the company. Consultants help startups to organize marketing campaigns, focusing on flagship product or service.
While everyone’s mileage will vary, of course, it’s generally a good idea to hire startup consultants that can help you with a specific aspect of your business. Maybe your team is great on design and coding, but you don’t have marketing experience. Maybe you’re a marketer and your co-founder is a designer, but you need help with the business plan side of things. Whatever your specific situation, consultants are great for short term, targeted work.
David Thornton, Founder and Director of Thornton & Lowe, found that bringing in an “innovation consultant” had a long-lasting impact on his startup.
“The consultant acted more as a facilitator providing structure, which I often think is the case,” Thornton says. “In those sessions we developed what still is our core sales offer; it was a really beneficial and focused consultancy intervention. Having a consultant coming into the office is often the only way a company owner will have a little time purely dedicated on the business, this combined with their skills, in asking the right questions, setting the right goals, can mean they can be very fruitful.”
That need to take a step back while still keeping five hundred different balls in the air is the number one reason that Rune Johansen, CMO of NoMore, thinks that startups should bring in consultants monthly.
“Taking the time to reflect and step away from the everyday hustle should be a priority, but it never is because there is a company to run,” Johansen says. “You must keep your foot on the gas, bring in new customers, while delivering the product, do the accounting and buy lunch for the interns. And that is only half of it. That is why you need somebody external to force you to step away from the everyday grind. Otherwise it won’t happen.”
Another reason to hire a consultant is to gain access to their network. Professionals at the top of their fields have spent years building up great networks — no one who is worth paying a consultant’s fee would be where they are without that network.
“In my experience, asking questions to savvy consultants in your industry can also be a great way to receive referrals and introductions to prospects,” Olivier Roth, Founder of TimeLapse, says. “Beyond the knowledge they have, consultants are usually people with a high-volume, qualified network. That alone can have a huge impact in your growth.”
Bill Balderaz, principal of Futurety, puts it even more succinctly.
“They know people,” Balderaz says. “They can open doors to clients, investors and an executive team. They’ve personally worked with or know the best people in your industry or geography.”
Finally, make sure that any consultant you’re going to give your hard earned money to is someone who has walked in your shoes.
“They’ve been there and done that,” Balderaz says. “The idea you think is brilliant and has never been done before? They tried it five times and it doesn’t work. That hotshot hire you want to make? They’ve made that same hire twice and it was a disaster. That partnership deal you are thinking about? They signed the same one five times and can tell you how a tweak in one clause can make or break the deal. Build or buy? Bootstrap or take on investors? Sell or hold? They’ve made that decision before and know how it ends.”
But as helpful as startup consultants can be, they can also be harmful to a burgeoning startup. Early stage companies startups, for example, probably can’t get a high enough ROI from a startup consultant, simply because when a founder is bootstrapping, they don’t have a lot of cash.
Another startup consultant no-no? Trying to hire out an entire element of your company.
“Where consultants have gone bad for us is when we tried to entrust our entire marketing function to a consultant marketing company,” Gray Skinner, CEO of Droplr, says. “The problem we found was that the consultants had a very topical view of our business, did not sit with us everyday, and did not have the same passion and zeal for our company that we as founders naturally had. After three months, we stopped using them and learned a very important lesson.”
One risk that comes with investing in a startup consultant is that their advice or direction might not pay off the way you want it to. That, unfortunately, can be chalked up to human error — either the consultant’s or your own. Maybe they weren’t a great fit for your company. Maybe they didn’t know as much as they claimed. Or maybe you didn’t actually follow the advice you were given.
Any of those situations is probably where the majority of distrust and dislike of startup consultants comes from. After all, who wants to spend a ton of money and get nothing tangible in return?
And the last bit of advice? Don’t hire a startup consultant who doesn’t have experience as a startup founder themselves.
“Never ever ever hire a consultant who hasn’t ran multiple startups,” Balderaz says. “Run away from the person who says, ‘I never had a startup but I ran divisions of this large company like a startup.’ Know that a business degree isn’t enough. Hiring a consultant who has never had a startup is like taking parenting advice from someone who has never had a kid.”
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