Hiring a business consultant can mean the difference between working hard and working smart. It is easy to put our head in the sand when we are so busy we can hardly keep up with our work, or if we are struggling to find new clients, we get down on ourselves and get stuck in a rut which can lead to a downward spiral. One of the best ways to overcome this is to hire someone to consult with to shake things up. Then take a step back and analyze how well your efforts are paying off.
We launched the Ignite Program a few years ago which was formed because clients needed more personalized help with overcoming challenges in their businesses. Eric Greenspan is the consultant for the Ignite Program. He describes the difference between a consultant and a coach to his clients by stating “I don’t have to be nice, I tell you what you need to hear.” As a result, the Ignite Program clients get results. Ask any of our Ignite Clients, and you will hear the same thing… “my business has EXPLODED.”
Successful entrepreneurs require wearing many different hats. We have to focus on our business, producing quality work, gaining new clients, developing strong relationships with our customers, continuing education, certifications, marketing, and so much more. While many entrepreneurs understand the importance of hiring a consultant, some don’t see the value. So to help, I have shared some of the top reasons to share on why I believe entrepreneurs need to work with a consultant.
A Consultant Will Hold You Accountable
Remember that thing you said you wanted to accomplish and you never did? We frequently come up with new ideas for our business, but we often don’t follow through. We all have our reasons and excuses. There is not enough time, money, and or labor to accomplish your goals.
A consultant can help you strategize ways to achieve those goals, push you to achieve and hold you accountable. You can gain clarity with your decisions and make sure you are doing the right things to be most effective in accomplishing your goals. It requires that you get real and stop making excuses. A consultant will help you overcome obstacles and keep you from talking yourself out of taking risks. They will force you to get out of your own way and set a standard for yourself to follow through with what you set out to do.
Get an Unbiased Perspective
Don’t expect a consultant to agree with everything you are doing or try to make you feel good. The number one goal of the consultant is helping you succeed. Not every idea we have will get results for your business. Sometimes you need to work with someone who has the experience to get another perspective. A consultants’ only priority is getting you results. They are not emotionally tied to a project or idea, so you will get an unbiased opinion, like it or not.
Change the Way You See Business
A business consultant can teach you to think like a CEO see every decision you make differently. When you are in the trenches and trying to figure everything out, you can’t get a high-level vision of what is working and what is not. You have to decide how long you can work on your business before you give up. You need to see things down on the ground and from up in the sky.
They will work with you to achieve big goals to increase your income potential, customer satisfaction, your happiness, and the development of your brand. They will teach you to recognize your strengths and weaknesses to become more self-aware of yourself as an entrepreneur. You will finally have the ability to reach your fullest potential.
Gain a Clear Path to Success
Have you ever had an incredible business idea but you can’t figure out how to execute? Many entrepreneurs don’t have a business partner to bounce ideas with and get constructive feedback. With a consultant, you can speak freely and don’t have to worry about anyone stealing your idea or telling you it will never work. A business consultant will not just give you feedback. They understand your overall goal and situation. They ask questions to get you to dig deep and take your idea from abstract to reality. It will eliminate the hypotheticals and get you the results you want.
At the end of the day, are you getting the results you want? If not, book a free consultation!