Hiring a Consultant: The Details


In 2013, Fourlane increased our payroll expenses by 400% to meet customer demand. We also hired numerous consultants to help us achieve our goals. Believe me, this gave me a few sleepless nights and hours of working with the budget to ensure the investment in human capital was worth it.

Once the decision was made and I could see that hiring was the right thing to do, I felt a great deal of relief. I now have help to achieve my goals.

I also realized that hiring a consultant is a lot easier than hiring staff. No need for an offer letter; No need for policies, job descriptions, goals or performance reviews; However, working with a consultant comes with its own set of measurement strategies and techniques.

The onus of the consulting engagement detail is upon the consultant. It is their job to provide you a proposal outlining the goals and terms as well as the compensation. It is your job to decide if that will work for your business.

This process itself is the final checks and balances on whether the firm is the right fit for you. Did the proposal accurately reflect what you want and need? Are their proposed deliverables acceptable? Is their pricing in line with your budget?

Again, only you can answer these questions. If the proposal doesn’t work for you, move on.

I hope you enjoyed this blog series. Let me know if I can answer any questions about hiring a consultant!


About Marjorie Adams

Our head QuickBooks trainer and guru, Marjorie Adams, is Founder and CEO of Fourlane, Inc., an award-winning consulting firm and Intuit’s #1 QuickBooks Reseller Partner. Fourlane’s team of experts offers several QuickBooks oriented services including consulting, training, programming, integration, and more. Over the years, Fourlane has helped over 10,000 customers across many different industries with their QuickBooks accounting software. Marjorie Adams is considered one of the top QuickBooks trainers in the country. She was listed on CPA Practice Advisor’s 40 Under 40 in 2014 & 2015, and has been recognized as Intuitive Accountant’s 2015 QuickBooks Desktop ProAdvisor of the Year. Marjorie sits on Intuit’s VIP Program, is a frequent contributor to Inuit Accountants News Central, and has developed Intuit’s QuickBooks Enterprise Certification training. She has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, BusinessWeek, American Express Open, the Huffington Post, and Inc. Magazine.

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