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    Management Tools are Required to be a Successful Consultant
    James Nagy
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    Management Tools are Required to be a Successful Consultant

    As consultants, we are professionals who use knowledge, expertise and processes to deliver significant change and improvement for our clients. Consulting is more than giving advice. It’s plan, action and execution. Like any trade, there are challenges. Balancing multiple different clients and projects, traveling for work, meeting deadlines and executing plans are all part of the job description. This is why, in order to be a successful consultant, management tools are required.

    It’s hard to stomach an extra business expense. Especially a steep one. Here is what you have to consider when weighing the use of management tools in your consulting business. Are you effectively managing multiple projects? Are you delivering the services you’ve promised to your clients? You can’t deliver what you’ve sold if you don’t have the necessary tools to execute the process.

    Many people wonder how busy consultants manage their days with SO many different clients to work on. The answer is that more resources are needed. These tools cost money, but the job couldn’t be completed to the best of your ability without them. 

    If you were a cabinet maker, would you promise to deliver to clients with no tools to help you complete their order? The skills, expertise and knowledge of the cabinet maker are irreplaceable – but that doesn’t amount to much without the equipment to get the job done. This is the way that management tools translate to consultants. Maybe if you had one or two clients at a time, you could do it the old-fashioned way. But when your business starts growing, you need to grow the caliber of your tools as well.

    Good management tools cost money

    This is true. You get what you pay for. This includes consulting services. You have to price yourself so that you can deliver on the expectations of your clients. You also have to equip yourself with the tools to complete this process. You only have so many hours in the day to devote to each client. Choosing the right management tools will allow you to cut down on the time needed to complete tedious tasks so that you can focus your real time and energy on strategizing and implementing tasks to create change for your clients.

    Being a successful consultant means constant change, growth and learning. If you’re going to remain an industry expert, then you have to be well versed in the latest tools, technology and processes in your industry. Keeping up to date means that you have the opportunity to adopt new practices to maximize effectiveness and success for your clients. The more streamlined your practices, the more streamlined your results for your clients.

    Do your research

    While it’s true that you get what you pay for – it’s equally true that you need to do your homework. There will be management tools that will piggyback off of the success of others. As a consultant, it’s up to you to invest your time into looking into the best option for your business. Research the tools that you can use. What is most cost effective, what offers the most features that you need, which will make your job easier and more productive?

    There’s no getting around it. If you’re going to continue to grow and improve as a consultant, you’re going to have to adopt management tools so that you can deliver the caliber of work that you’ve promised to your clients. What management tools are you using and how much do you think is too much to pay for these type of tools? Comment below!

     
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    As a strategic leader and entrepreneur, James Nagy has a record of generating growth by leveraging the latest technologies to drive sales, marketing, product development, and profitability. He is known for identifying and capitalizing on market trends, developing effective tactics for implementation, enhancing operating performance, and serving as a trusted advisor and business partner. Skilled at working across operations, James builds strong, cross-functional relationships and communicates complex technical information to diverse internal and external stakeholders.

    A big picture visionary, James identifies and reacts to market trends, providing disruptive strategies that go beyond IT to include sales, marketing, and product portfolio management. Building on his experience as Director of Software Development with premier companies Midas International Corporation and SXC Health Solutions, Inc., James launched two successful consulting companies, Sprocket Websites Inc. and J&S Tech Designs. As the Managing Director, he provides innovative solutions to clients in small- and mid-cap companies.

    When he is not advising other business leaders, James lends his expertise to a variety of organizations. He is a Founding Member & Committee Member of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce; he serves on multiple teams and committees for the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce; he is a Founding Member of the Chicago Area DNN User Group, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the New West Symphony. In his free time, James enjoys Sci-Fi, coin collecting, traveling and wine tasting.

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