Why Small Businesses Need Not Fear Consultants

A lot of our clients are often intimidated by the thought of consultants advising their business. They are all entrepreneurs that have built a business out of sheer hard work, an unshakeable belief in their product/service and being brave enough to take risks.

Having a group of people come along with structure, analytical techniques, and process can make them feel inadequate – almost as if they got lucky with their business and now somebody better and more intelligent is coming along to show them how to do it right.

This view could not be further from the truth. The guts and determination required by people out there, on their own, building a business is a far more unique skill than a consulting methodology. We can teach methodologies but being an entrepreneur is a core part of someone’s DNA.

What I always say to our clients is, that our skills are about helping them take the next step, to scale up their business and adopt tried and tested practices to help them do that in a managed way. This ensures that their core business is protected as it enters a new world where more structure and process is required in order to deal with growth. We add to and support the growth of the business but we can never replace the authentic entrepreneurial spirit that built it in the first place. So SMEs you don’t need to compare your skills and ability with ours – it’s a partnership, not a competition, neither of us is better just different.

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Nik Davis
Nik Davishttps://nikdavis.com/
NIK DAVIS is a business transformation expert and has spent 20 years in the corporate world. Her comfort zone is order, logic and applying analytical tools to solve complex problems. She is also a keen observer of life, a writer and eccentric. Nik has recently returned to the world of work after taking a career break to spend time with her family. Upon her return, she found that her perspective had changed, as had the world she was returning to. Nik decided to carve out a new place in that world and mould some of it to fit her too. Nik sees life from quirky angles, shaped by experiences and the vast amount of knowledge we now have access to. She likes to write about her experiences and observations. To ‘tell it how it is’ and to find a more authentic way to live, whether in our professional or personal lives. Nik often talks about finding ‘The Third Way’. It’s a philosophy about life, having a personal life as well as a career, making money and being socially generous, being logical and sensitive, living by the rules of a society but not being afraid to challenge them, inspiring others to feel good but not for your own ego, giving rather than taking. Nik wants to make a difference to this world by getting people to see things differently, to try new ways of working but most of all, to re-discover our true selves and therefore reach our true potential. Nik also has two other persona’s: nikdavis which is where Nik writes about her deeply personal experiences of life. Nik runs a facebook group alongside this website to create a safe place for people to discuss the topics that are raised in her blog. Nik’s second persona is Lilly Isabella and this is where she shares her passion of fashion and design.