Buyer Guide to Low Cost Technology Consulting
Bringing technology to
your business can be time consuming and very expensive.
Good technical consultants run about $2,400 per day plus
travel and living expenses. For large companies it is
cost effective to bring in a “knows-ologist”
to help identify problems and give focus to alternative
solutions. Typically a company can save many times the
cost of bringing an employee on board and can avoid wasted
dollars and time starting new efforts that are going down
the wrong path.
So how does a company
that does not have the contacts or resources obtain these
services? Typically the owner (jack-of-all trades) or
a key employee takes time and effort to find out about
the alternatives and progresses with on-the-job-training
(OJT). By keeping the effort small and spreading it out
over time you have a good chance of making the right choice.
The issue with this approach is that it can take several
years because of the significant effort needed to run
An alternative to this
is to utilize your employees or friends children. No I
am not suggesting we bring back slave labor, though at
a time when the next generation starts to act up, a labor
camp can sound appealing. College students are fearless
when it comes to new things. Just go to a mall and see
the high tech email, text messaging and electronics that
the next generation takes for granted and use as if the
cell phone was a third arm. In addition they have infinite
energy. They are like the energizer bunny, they just keep
going. The trick is to find a good match. First, it is
a process that may take several years, but will add value
as your business grows. Hire them to fill in during the
summer and vacations, they can help during busy periods
or the holidays when your employees are taking vacation.
They get to know your business and when the opportunity
for a project comes along, let them be a part of the process.
Before you know it, they will be finding new and different
ways to run your business. Typically you can pay the hourly
rate at the fast food restaurant plus $1.00 and add a
dollar/hour each year.
You receive several benefits
1) your employees are happier because their children are
off the street and earning money. 2) You have a low cost
labor source to fill in during peak and slow season and
3) Your company has a ready source of well-trained consultants
who know your business and can bring in some of the latest
and greatest ideas into your company.
I would like to thank
Alan Kaddatz at Pat’s Service, Inc. who introduced
me to this business practice. In his way he not only runs
a business, but gives back to the community that wins