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How To Shop For a Consultant: Reputation Matters

When you have finally made a decision to hire a consultant, how do you find them?

Ask. Ask Intuit. Ask Google. And ask for referrals.

For me, I ask others in the industry for a referral, knowing that they won’t take giving a referral lightly because the outcome directly reflects back on them. Then I do my own research. I interview the potential consultant and ask for references. I also ask for examples of their work.

The final thing I do before hiring a consultant is go back to the reason I’m hiring them. Do I think this person can give me the honest perspective I need, and do the work that needs to be done to meet my business objective?

In the end, hiring a consultant, like hiring anyone else, is a leap of faith. You have to follow your gut. Like hiring a full-time employee, you still need to invest the time in finding the right person and learn a bit more about what they have to offer.

My next blog post is on the details of the hire.

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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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