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    3 Signs That You Need a Business Consultant This Year
    James Nagy
    / Categories: Management

    3 Signs That You Need a Business Consultant This Year

    It’s time to do a little self reflection on your business… Every year you are setting goals for business growth, projects to accomplish, products we want to changes or launch, action plans we want to put in motion, etc. and there isn’t follow through.  You are started with the best of the intentions and ending the year falling short.   So, you’re considering hiring a consultant?  Not sure if that’s what you really need or if you should spend the money because if you just set your mind to it, you could accomplish these things yourself right? Well, maybe, maybe not.  Let’s break down that decision.

    Here are three signs that you need to hire a consultant for your business:

    The Problem: Projects Started and Never Finished

    This one happens a lot, with everyone, so don’t feel too bad.  The problem is that you go in with the best of intentions and then life gets in the way.  Other projects, duties, fires to put out, etc.  You keep discussing these projects in meetings and you’ve even outlined timelines and designated jobs to people.  You might get a little headway, but you look back at the end of the quarter or the end of the year and it isn’t completed.  Progress was miniscule.  It feels like more and more gets piled on and that backburner is getting farther and farther away.

    Why a Consultant is a Good Solution:

    They’re only job is getting that project done for you.  Your interaction can be as brief (come in, finish, project, leave) or as ongoing (hiring them to get the project done and then moving on to the next one).  You’re not taking on the commitment of a whole new employee.  You are simply outsourcing individual projects to get them done faster, more efficiently, completely, and without overextending your regular team.

    The Problem: You Need Help Identifying the Issues and/or Areas for Improvement

    Sometimes there is something wrong, but you can’t put your finger on it.  When you’re in the middle of the storm, it’s hard to see what’s really going on around you and what your biggest priorities should be to fix first.  If a part of your business is failing, you want to fix that.  It isn’t always so easy.  Sometimes you can identify the problem, but have no clue what a solution would be.  Whereas other times you know what solution you need, but aren’t sure about what steps to take to get you there.

    Why a Consultant is a Good Solution:

    A third party neutral is a great perspective to have on your current situation.  Someone is coming in with a much wider perspective on your business –which makes it a lot easier to see problems that may be obvious and overlooked.  Consultants have individual expertise from past projects and they can offer up fresh solutions and action plans that can take you where you need to be, and where you probably didn’t even think to go in the first place.

    The Problem: You Need Creativity or Specific Niche Insight

    Occasionally, whether it’s wanting to break into a new market or just spice up your current business, you find yourself racking your brain for solutions.  Maybe you are starting a project that requires a specific set of skills or experience that you don’t have.  Maybe you have found your team in a rut and you need something to shake things up.

    Why a Consultant is a Good Solution:

    A third party can break up the flow in a good way.  Fresh ideas, a new perspective, and years of experience make up a great combination to have in your corner.  If you are developing a project or product that you don’t have a lot of experience with, a consultant with a specific set of skills that you need can come in and provide the insight and knowledge that you need.  Not to mention the amount of time you’ll save by completing a project with someone who knows what they’re doing.

    Consultants can offer a wealth of good to your company.  It’s about finding the right fit and identifying what your needs are so that they can be met.  If you’d like to hear more about how we can help you and your business: contact us here.

    Jim Nagy is Co-Founder/Owner & Managing Partner of JSTD, LLC and a business consultant who specializes in technology consulting and project management. He is also our designer and primary technician. He’s an expert in software development and business applications, with over 25 years of experience in IT, 20 years in software development, 16 years in executive management, and over six years entrepreneurial experience in the technology industry. 

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    Need a consultant today, how can I help? As Co-Founder and Managing Partner of J&S Tech Designs, I have three decades of experience and expertise to share with you and help your business, product, or idea thrive. If you like this article, please sign up for our newsletter!

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    James Nagy is managing partner and co-founder of J&S Tech Designs - a business consulting organization that specializes in providing software and website design, development, and management expertise to organizations. He is also Managing Director and one of four co-founders of Sprocket Websites, Inc. and Chief Executive Office and one of four co-founding members of Clinical Collaboration Software, LLC.

    James has over twenty-five years of experience in the information technology field, spending twenty years in software development, sixteen years in executive management and the last six years as a serial entrepreneur launching and running several successful technology organizations.

    Throughout his career, he has led companies, divisions, departments and teams to successful outcomes. He has executed process reengineering within organizations that were struggling to produce. He has provided strategic vision and organization planning in situations that needed direction. He has built complex systems in several unique marketplaces that required thorough knowledge and expertise to be successful. It is his passion for excellence and desire for success that has enabled him to meet the challenges presented and continue to exceed expectations.

    James’ passion for delivering innovative solutions and creative strategies enabled him to develop strong business foundations for long-term success. He is an active member of the Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, the North of the River Chamber of Commerce and the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce where he served on several teams, advisory committees, and legislative groups. He is a founding member of the Chicago Area DotNetNuke Users Group that has held several large, successful Website design and development events. James has donated time, money and expertise to many volunteer, fundraising and charitable organizations like KidsMatter of Naperville, The Naperville Film Festival, Summer Place Theatre, TEDxNaperville, Neuqua Valley High School Senior Spectacular and many others.

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