Why Use a Consultant? Cost is NOT the Only Factor To Consider!
The question often arises, “Why Use a Consultant?” Here are some great reasons—–
- Independent Advice
- Easy ability to Ramp Up/Ramp Down
- Broad Skill Sets
- Specialized Training and Licenses/Certifications
- Costs could be more- Could be less
The Cost question always comes up. When you think about the fully burdened cost of an employee, i.e., salary, benefits (30% of salary), bonus, training, on-boarding, recruiting, severance– it is usually cheaper to use a consultant. Now, if the project is a long term, on-going process which the employee can be reassigned at the completion of the project, maybe a full time employee makes sense.
However, using a consultant brings in creative, innovative ideas that may not be present when hiring an employee. Consultants bring value when you least expect it. We always expect it!