Q: I’ve been thinking about using a consultant to help me with my business. How do I know if one is qualified and what are some advantages of using a consultant?

A: The field of consultancy is a wide open field without regulation. One day it will be regulated but until then to find a qualified, legitimate consultant that can help with your business look for qualifications. Those include certifications, a high level of education, prior experience in a professional services firm, a solid client base, a specialist not a generalist, a thirst for knowledge, a gift for teaching, a decade or more of industry experience in the consulting area, a systematic approach, and a high hourly rate. Click here to read more »