Even if your business is desperately in need of computer consulting services, you should never rush to hire the first person that offers to help you. Many small business owners are confused when it comes to what they should be looking for in a computer consulting professional. Before you do anything, you should of course consult your attorney. The following initial questions, provided by Computer Consulting 101 can help you weed out potential problem service providers and make the process of hiring a computer consulting professional more like hiring someone to fill an internal staff position.
IS THE COMPUTER CONSULTING PROFESSIONAL PART-TIME OR FULL TIME?
Is the consultant moonlighting with a day job, or does he/she only provide computer consulting services?
SOLO PRACTITIONER OR TRUE CONSULTING BUSINESS?
If the consultant keeps referring to “we,” you need to find out if there are other people working for the consulting company, and if they are employees or just contractors. Find out their names, what their specialties are and a little bit about their backgrounds along with how long they have been with the company and if they will be involved in your project.
SMALL BUSINESS OR LARGE COMPANY EXPERIENCE?
Find out what size the firm’s typical computer consulting service is in regards to the number of PCs, employees and the annual revenue.
GENERALIST OR SPECIALIST COMPUTER CONSULTING FIRM?
With what industries has the computer consulting firm worked? In what types software applications and in what capacity have the consultants worked? Are there any produxts, services or platforms the company does not favor? Does the company work with specific hardware, software or services vendors?
These questions can help get you started in the process of finding the right computer consulting business to fit the complex needs of your company.
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