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Friday, June 23, 2006

More Computer Consulting 101 Hiring Tips

More Computer Consulting 101 Hiring TipsSmall business owners often fear hiring a computer consultant because they don't know the right questions to ask. Here are some ideas of things you need to know. Other questions can be found in the full article.

Costs, Hidden Charges, and Billing Procedures

What are your computer hardware payment terms, rates and computer hardware hourly billing rates or minimums? What is billable and what is not billable?

Do you charge for your hardware travel time? Telephone support? E-mail/online support? Remote support?

Are there any hourly rate billing computer premiums for after-hours or emergency service? What constitutes after hours or an emergency?

Do you offer support contracts?

Client Reference Accounts, Case Studies, and Testimonials

Can though you tell me about one of your more recently signed-on computer clients? Can you tell me about a small business client who didn't work out and why?

Can you provide references?

Training Approach and Knowledge Transfer

How do you feel about handholding and in-depth training with users?

What kind of user and computer hardware technical training can you provide?

Will you train our internal computer administrator to become but more self-sufficient, even if it takes away from your opportunities to bill more computer hardware hours?

To learn more and read other questions you should ask, read the entire article (link above).

Submitted by Computer Consulting Kit