Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Selecting a Business Consultant or Coach

In a previous post, we mentioned to alternatives to working a salaried job and alternatives to earning just minimum wage. The first alternative is to work independently or privately. In order to make this step, many consult with a business coach or business consultant.

How do you know who to turn to?

Here are a three tips we've gained the hard way. 

1) The person you consult with regarding developing your business must be honest, dependable, organized and a good role model. These qualities are those needed by all leaders and will help you to ensure that your business is going in the right direction. 

2) Though many work under the table, the preferred way is to work honestly. If you want to know how to be successful as an Osek Patur or an Osek Morshe, then take the time to make sure that your business consultant or coach is one too. The easiest way to do so is to ask if they provide a tax receipt. If the answer is no or if they only type something on the computer in an email or give any difficulty about providing a proper receipt, then the chances are that either they are not registered legitimately or they are unsure how to be successful and hence withhold receipts. Let's face it, if you have taken the trouble to print the correct receipt books and have opened a file with the Tax offices, then the chances are if someone asks for a receipt you'd be able to provide it with no problem.

3) If you will be needing to use social media to promote your work / business, then take a bit of time to research if the business consultant or coach is on the major social media platforms. We have found quite a few try to offer us advice about LinkedIn, Twitter, website, Facebook and more and yet when we do a search we find they are either not on these forums or are new to them or hardly use them. Using social media is an art. If you are going to pay someone to guide you in developing your business, take the time to find out if they have learned how to be successful too. There is a big difference between someone with a business account on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and an active blog or blogs who has many followers that interact with him or her and someone just starting out.

These are the first three tips that come to mind as being of primary importance when selecting a business coach or business consultant. 

Is this a topic that interests you? Would you like more tips along these lines?

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