In this series on Getting The Most From Your Consulting Dollars we have covered a number of topics related to ensuring cost effectiveness while obtaining the particular skill set(s) needed for a temporary engagement.
Building on this, how often have you determined that you needed a seasoned consultant, but only on a part-time basis. That is, perhaps there is a high risk / high visibility initiative that only requires strong project management support to the tune of 2 to 3 days per week.
Where can you find such resources?
The reality: typical consulting firms will often only place resources on a full-time basis. And/or, they may be willing to place a resource on a part-time basis, but the fee structure is higher than it needs to be.
Why is this the case?
Remember, the “typical” consulting firms have overhead (often, significant overhead). They must pay for their posh offices in large cities around the country (or world), the time that their consulting resources are “on the bench”, multiple layers of management and finally, deliver value to their investors.
As a result, these firms MUST maximize billable hours for ALL their consulting resources.
The good news! There is an alternative.
At Customer Centricity, we (and to be fair, “some” other non-typical consulting firms) offer highly seasoned resources on a part-time as well as full-time basis, all for the very same, reasonable price.
How and why can we do this? Well, for a number of reasons:
- ALL our resources are highly seasoned and able to shoulder (i.e., coordinate) part-time engagements with multiple clients at the same time.
- Our resources are freelance in nature and therefore GREATLY enjoy the time off when only working on a part-time basis.
- And, finally, we have virtually no (that is, ZERO) overhead to cover…
- Bottom-line: We are under NO pressure to achieve a set number of billable hours in a given month.
The result: we are extremely flexible and support our clients at the level THEY need.
Yet another consideration, prior to engaging your next consulting resource.