Does your business need services of a computer consulting firm? Before you rush out and hire first techie or slick-salesperson that knocks on your door, be sure to consider these favorite Computer Consulting 101 hiring tips for screening and interviewing local computer consulting firms. In this first in a two-part series, we’ll look root of problem, as well as four most basic criteria that you’ll need to ask about when searching for computer consulting vendors.
Computer Consulting 101 Preventative Medicine
Many small business owners have a tough time knowing how to deal with difficult computer consultants. However, if you're able to uncover potential problems at start of your computer consultant/client relationship, you can avoid many of these unpleasant issues altogether.
Root of Problem
While most entrepreneurs and small business managers know exactly what to ask when it comes to hiring for internal staff positions, hiring a computer consulting firm can be more difficult.
So on top of dealing with myriad legal issues surrounding how you retain services of contractors (best advice: consult with your attorney), as opposed to hiring employees on your payroll, you'll need to know how to ask "right" questions. Don't make ultra-common common mistake of focusing on wrong things. Use these Computer Consulting 101 Hiring Tips as your checklist for doing your homework before you sign on dotted line.
Part-time or Full-time Computer Consulting
Do you have a "day job"? Are you moonlighting?
Solo Practitioner or True Computer Consulting Business
What do you mean by "we"? Are there any other people who work at your company?
Are they employees or contractors? What are their names, specialties and backgrounds? How long have they been with company? Will they be involved with this account? (Tip: The more pointed questions you ask, more you’ll flush out B.S. and hyperbole.)