5 Practical Ways a Business Management Consultant Can Help

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5 Practical Ways a Business Management Consultant Can Help

5 Practical Ways a Business Management Consultant Can Help

Business owners are often hesitant to bring on a management consultant — after all, what would an outsider know about their business that they don’t? But it’s this “outsiderness” that makes a business management consultant valuable. They can see straight to the heart of a business and identify inefficiencies, redundancies and, most importantly, opportunities that would otherwise be missed.

In this blog, we’ll explore how a management consultant can take your business to the next level. Read on.

What does a business management consultant do?

A business management consultant’s role is to provide an expert, outsider assessment of a business and identify areas for improvement in its current management practices.

Here are the main duties of a business management consultant.

  • Obtain a thorough understanding of their client’s businesses through client interviews, and collecting, collating and analysing data.
  • Use financial modelling, ongoing industry research and trends and industry literature to make expert recommendations.
  • Provide staff and management performance appraisals and feedback
  • Develop policies, procedures, business proposals and other high-stakes documentation
  • Develop and implement business strategies
  • Provide practical process improvement recommendations
  • Provide consultation on sustainability, health and safety, IT security and quality control

A business management consultant will tailor their services to your needs and can provide anything from a one-off audit and consultation to a full-scale overhaul of your business.

Practical ways a business management consultant can help

Here are five practical ways a business management consultant can help you improve your business.

Provide a fresh perspective and holistic view of your business

When immersed in the everyday running of your business, it can be hard to identify important improvement opportunities. Even if you’re surrounded by dedicated, knowledgeable staff, when you’re too close to the project it’s almost impossible to identify shortcomings, roadblocks and areas for improvement. Bringing in a management consultant solves this issue.

How does the management consultant do this?

Business management consultants can make an unbiased assessment of your business and provide objective recommendations for improvement. They can shadow your business during a normal day or over several days to gain an in-depth understanding of how your business runs, and identify opportunities for improvement.

How will this help my business?

This will identify shortcomings (and potential improvements) you didn’t realise were there. Instead of putting out fires or making ad hoc improvements, you can get a clear, holistic view of the improvements needed to take your business to the next level.

Share expertise from other industries and businesses

It’s always beneficial to know what competitors in your industry are doing. Are your processes in line with best practices? Is there a new piece of technology, a new way of doing business or a fresh management approach that could benefit your team? If so, a business management consultant can advise you on the best practices used by competitors and, in doing so, strengthen your current procedures.

How does the management consultant do this?

A business management consultant can draw from their cross-industry experience to provide ultra-informed advice to your business. They’ll combine what they see in action with their business theory and best practice learnings to provide training and advanced problem-solving to your team.

How will this help my business?

Because of their extensive experience, business management consultants can easily identify your business’s core challenges and provide proven strategies to overcome them. It’s likely that every issue you’re facing has already been faced by your consultant, leaving you one step ahead of where you would be if you tackled the problem on your own.

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Develop and implement more efficient processes

When you’re immersed in your day-to-day operations it can be hard to see the forest from the trees. Consultants are trained to identify roadblocks, inefficiencies and outdated processes and provide business owners with solutions.

How does the management consultant do this?

A business management consultant will shadow workers and examine existing processes to assess your current operations. They’ll then identify areas for improvement and either optimise the existing processes or develop new ones where no process currently exists. They’ll then help you implement the process through training and the development of guidelines, instructions and other process documents.

For example, a business may not have a contact management process. The consultant can assess the business’s contract management needs, develop a process and create a roadmap for implementing the new process.

How will this help my business?

A business management consultant can identify opportunities to streamline operations and improve efficiency which may otherwise have been missed. Depending on the processes they assist with, this can help boost your business’s profitability, safety, staff retention and a range of other factors.

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Plan for the future of your business

It’s crucial to be as intentional as possible with your business growth. Without a goal, steps and roadmap you’re unlikely to achieve the business growth you want to see. A management consultant can help you scale your business, adapt to changing industry trends and plan for the future.

How does the management consultant do this?

A management consultant can help you map out business goals. One of the hardest things for business owners can be identifying exactly where they want to take their business. Your consultant can provide practical steps and advice on subjects like financial planning, marketing, staffing needs, ISO certifications and more to help you set and achieve your goals.

How will this help my business?

Bringing in a management consultant will help you reach your business goals much faster than attempting to go it alone. You’ll have a clear direction and roadmap to success which you can follow to make your business growth efforts more impactful.

Business Management Consulting with BusinessBasics

Our consultants have extensive experience in a wide variety of industries including mining, construction, civil construction, distribution and logistics, manufacturing, retailing, wholesaling, and allied health services. As a result, our consultants can provide expert opinions and essential context no matter your business’s industry.

These are just some of the ways that we can help your business:

  • Business performance consulting
  • Employee performance
  • Management performance
  • Business turnaround
  • Quality, Safety and Environmental consulting
  • Sustainability consulting
  • Policy and procedure development
  • Process improvement programs and audits
  • Planning and strategy development

Book your business management consultation today with BusinessBasics