When people find out that I am a small business consultant, some will ask what types of issues that I can help small businesses with. While there are many different types of hats that business consultants can help companies with, these are the most common. If your small business has an issue that is not listed here, chances are still good that we can take care of it.
The most common task for a small business consultant is to increase the profits of the company. This can include many tasks such as increasing sales, debt reorganization, elimination of redundancy, and reorganization of investments. The ultimate goal is to make the small business as much money as possible while still keeping it as strong as possible.
As a small business consultant, I am often contacted by clients that are facing issues with their workers. Usually, these problems deal with morale, but can be related to many other reasons. An advantage in calling a consultant in for work like this is that there are many workers that will be willing to discuss their issues with third parties than with management or owners.
Restructuring of Processes
I often find myself helping small business owners restructure their business processes. While this is often connected to increasing profits, there are times in which restructuring the company processes have more to do with simply running more efficiently. The types of processes that I sometimes take a look at include everything from the hiring process to sales, and everything in between.
A growing area in the field of small business consulting is political advisement. I also often wear this hat. In fact, I usually advertise myself as a political/business consultant. With this hat on, I help businesses gain a bigger presence in their community, get legislation passed that could benefit them, negotiate union contracts, and access tax breaks and abatements.
If there are other issues that your small business is facing that you can’t handle, chances are good that a small business consultant can help. All you have to do is call one to see if the type of issue that you are facing is something that he or she would cover. If the issue is not something that the consultant covers, chances are good that he or she could give you the number of someone in the area that could.