Contractor versus Consultant?
To most people hiring a contractor or consultant are one and the same. Further, the words are used interchangeably clouding the specific
differences. Differences which should impact decisions for hiring outside assistance.
If you know what you do not know…
Often, companies find themselves in need of a solution to a problem. However, they do not necessarily have the skills internally to implement such a solution. Depending on the scope, this requires hiring either an internal resource or outsourcing the effort.
In particular, a contractor is most suitable for supplementing skills. They fill a necessary gap for a defined period. Still, the hiring company is accountable for defining the problem and the desired outcome.
Therefore, selecting the right contractor is a comparison of who can provide the best evidence of delivering a similar solution.
If you do not know what you do not know…
Conversely, there are times when companies are growing and they hit a roadblock. In other words, something is not as it should be. And, nobody at the company has successfully addressed the concern. This also is a missing skill, but one of identifying the problem and providing direction towards a solution.
A consultant is best suited when identifying the underlying cause of a concern is elusive. Furthermore, when a company feels stuck in a situation without a clear resolution, it impedes its own progress by not acting. But, what action to take?
Clearly, selecting a consultant is about building a relationship. You need the necessary skills, obviously. At the same time, you want a personality you trust can work closely with your team helping to advise towards a solution and define the problem.
How Partnerships Fill a Need
“No man is an Island, entire of itself” – John Donne
Eventually, 7Stones Consulting may identify circumstances better suited to others. This is when friends of 7Stones are recommended.
Today, all companies perform better with strong partnerships. 7Stones Consulting is no different. For this reason, we have established a network of strong regional companies.
Without doubt, 7Stones Consulting can comfortably introduce a partner to a client. This comfort is based on trust and confidence in the partner’s ability. And, it is imperative they are good people.
Of course, you may be curious as to how technology can work better for you.
To begin, we should start a conversation.