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Things To Keep In Mind When Hiring An External Consultant

Posted on February 13, 2015   by FlexiPort Team  
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 In today’s dynamic business world, concepts and working styles are changing daily. Over the past few years, the concept of hiring external consultants to take charge of certain business aspects has become popular. Several SMEs and even international organisations hire consultants for various purposes. However, as a business owner, what should you do when you choose to hire one?

Have a Specified Task List

You probably already have your fair share of full-time employees. However, you may need the expertise of an external consultant to handle certain key tasks – like your Marketing Strategy for instance. It would make sense to create a job sheet or task sheet of what you can do in-house and what you need an external consultant for. It would be easier for you to shortlist relevant people for the position accordingly.

Always Check their Profile

Irrespective of whether you are hiring an external designer to make your company brochures or an external consultant for marketing purposes, always check the person’s or company’s profile. See their website, assess them on the work they have done in the past and read some reviews if possible. This will help ensure you are hiring the right talent to handle your tasks.

Work Timings

Several external consultants have expertise in their line of work and want flexible work options when tying up with companies. As a result, before hiring one, you should specify the number of hours of work you desire or strike a deal regarding the work timings during the course of the project before you hire them.

Payment Policy

External consultants primarily charge on the basis of their experience and expertise and the time involved in handling the tasks you desire them to. It is important to ask them about their payment norms and pricing policy in advance, and then compare it with other external consultants. It will help you to assess the cost factor and make a better hiring decision.

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