Ray Williamson, Consulting Engineer

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You're already paying a full-time staff.  We'll assume they're good at their jobs.  Why should you take on the additional expense of a consultant? 

Fair enough.  My answer: 

  • Your staff is already busy, fully loaded with projects and daily tasks that you need done. 
  • When someone takes on a new project, someone else will have to do what they were doing.  The substitute will probably not be as effective at first.
  • When the problem is solved or the project is finished, you have to reassign people again to keep them productive.
  • You may need a fresh perspective.  You can't get much fresher than someone outside your company.
  • You may find just the right person but she doesn't want to relocate.
  • It takes time and money to recruit.  Sometimes you need additional resources right now. 
  • You may need to acquire a different skill set for an unusual challenge, or maintain a skill set on retainer to service an irregular business segment, but can't justify a permanent position.

That's where the right consultant presents an opportunity.

When choosing a consultant, make sure he or she can communicate clearly at all levels; can get along well with management, shop people and customers; knows his or her limitations; is impeccably honest and discreet; and has the skill set you need.

Bottom line: I offer what I do best, to those who can see its value, when they want it, and then I leave without attachments. I know whether I know. And if I don't know, I usually know someone who does.