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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Tools if You Want to Hire the Right Computer Consulting Firm for Your Business

Your firm may need the sophisticated services of a skilled computer consulting firm. But you should never just rush out to hire whoever shows up first on the scene. The following tools from Computer Consulting 101 can help you screen and interview local computer consulting firms to find the best one for you. Because so many business owners don’t know how to handle difficult computer consultants, you need to be careful in the selection process and make sure you don’t get involved in a problematic relationship.

PART-TIME OR FULL TIME COMPUTER CONSULTING?

Ask the prospective computer consulting professional if he/she has a day job or is moonlighting.

SOLO PRACTITIONER OR TRUE COMPUTER CONSULTING PROFESSIONAL?

If the prospective firm representative is bringing up “we” a lot, find out details about the others at the computer consulting company. Are they employees, contractors or otherwise? What are their names and how long have they been with the company? Will they be working with your potential account?

SMALL BUSINESS OR LARGE COMPANY COMPUTER CONSULTING EXPERIENCE?

Find out the size of the firm’s normal computer consulting client. How many PCs does the typical client have, how many employees and what is the annual revenue?

GENERALIST OR SPECIALIST?

Ask the representative in what industries or vertical markets the computer consulting firm has worked and with what types of software applications. Similarly make sure to ask if there is anything the company does not like to handle, in regards to products, services and platforms.

Blogged By: Computer Consulting 101 Professional Kit