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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Computer Consulting 101: Tools for Hiring Computer Consulting Firms

Most businesses today could use the services of a computer consulting firm, but you need to be careful you ask the right questions when screening and interviewing local computer consulting firms. The following initial tips provided by Computer Consulting 101 can help you find the best fit for your business and avoid making a big mistake.

COMPUTER CONSULTING 101: PREVENTION

Small business owners sometimes don’t know how to talk to computer consulting professionals. While they may know what to ask regular prospects for internal staff positions, they probably don’t know what to ask when hiring a computer consulting firm.

THE RIGHT QUESTIONS: A COMPUTER CONSULTING 101 CHECKLIST

1. Are you moonlighting or do you have a day job?

2. Do you work alone or are you a true computer consulting business?

3. Who are the other people working at your company, and are they employees or contractors? What are their names, specialties and backgrounds, and will they be working with our account?

4. How big is your typical consulting client, as judged by number of PCs, employees and annual revenue?

5. Are you a generalist or a specialist? With what industries has you computer consulting firm worked and in what software applications and technologies?

6. What kinds of products, services and platforms do you not like as a company? Do you prefer or work with any special hardware, software or particular vendors?

The above questions can help small business owners and managers find easier methods to hire computer consulting companies and weed out slick salespeople and computer consulting firms that will not best benefit their businesses.

Blogged By: Computer Consulting 101