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Computer Consulting: Should You Work With Micro Businesses?

When it comes to computer consulting with micro businesses, look at the margins issue. You will always have a certain amount of hours that you’re forced to eat because you can’t bill for it. When you have a larger base of computer consulting clients to spread it over, a loss is a lot easier to swallow. "Eating" a Loss is Easier with Big Clients Than Small Ones For example, if you have a customer that’s billing $2,000 a year with you and you’re forced to eat a $500 job, you’ve sacri........ Read More

Computer Consulting: Some General Tips

To run a successful computer consulting practice, you need to be able to deliver on that end-to-end solution. Have a good service agreement ready to go. Have an IT audit checklist. Have partnering agreements. Be prepared to take your clients from the beginning to the end of the process with you. Computer Consulting Service Agreements If you don’t propose the service agreements to your customers, your small business decision makers probably won't ask for them. You have to tell your computer ........ Read More

Computer Consulting: Spread The Word

Make sure your current computer consulting clients, friends, and family know what types of companies you work with, the types of things you do, and how much you would appreciate referrals from them. A lot of times, by asking the right kind of open-ended questions, you can be very pleasantly surprised when your computer consulting contacts start discussing something that evolves into a $10,000 or $15,000 services opportunity because they all of a sudden had a lightening bolt moment. What You Ma........ Read More

Computer Consulting Profit Secrets

Do you own or manage a computer consulting company? Are you having trouble growing your computer consulting company's profits? If so, then you must learn how to focus on your computer consulting firm's profit and bottom line. In this article, we'll look at 7 profit secrets and strategies you can use in your computer consulting business, to ensure that you are able to balance your clients' small business IT needs against your own computer consulting company's profitability challenges. Origins........ Read More

Computer Consulting: Which Business Is Right For You?

Some people decide they want to open up an independent doughnut shop instead of buying into one of the really large doughnut shop companies. If you want to make submarine sandwiches, you can do it on your own or you can buy into one of the big, extremely well known franchises. If you want to start a computer consulting business, you can be independent or part of a franchise. It all depends on whether you want to build your business completely by yourself, or whether you want to try to take some........ Read More

Computer Consulting: Take Some Action

Before you open the doors to your computer consulting business, you need to get your ducks in a row. You'll need to pick a company name and get your business cards printed. Then you'll need to consider what types of customers you want to pursue and where you can meet them. In this article, you'll learn how and why you need to accomplish these steps. Get Your Business Cards Printed Get your business cards printed, even if you don't think they'll last you forever. If you decide to change your c........ Read More

Computer Consulting: Finding Prospects Among Your Leads

How do you narrow down your leads and find your prospects? In this article, you'll learn some criteria that will help you narrow down your computer consulting leads and take them to the next step. One is finding your industry focus. You must laser beam your target market. You need to stand out tremendously from the crowd because everyone other computer consulting professional is chasing after the same hardware services, LAN, and the exact same advertising. But there are two other really big........ Read More

Flash Web Pages - Overkill For Computer Consulting

Flash web pages might look cool but they are an ineffective way to use your website. For most start ups we find they waste a ton of time and money putting together a mega website. Computer consultants design flash web pages because they can and because they think their site needs to be like Yahoo or Amazon or something like that. They don't need to be and here's why: Three Reasons Not To Use Flash Web Pages The reality is, your website is not that important of a marketing tool. With or wit........ Read More

Computer Consulting: 3 Questions To Ask Your Clients

From a customer service perspective, you can ask your computer consulting clients three questions that will explode the growth of your company. Question Number One: “How Can We Improve the Level of Service That We Provide Your Company?” Ask your computer consulting clients this question on a regular basis; at least a couple times a year. You will be amazed at the type of suggestions they give you. They will tell you some things you’ll be able to implement without charging them anothe........ Read More

Computer Consulting: A Business Of Time And Sweat Equity

Building a computer consulting business requires a lot of time. It involves going out to meetings and it's shaking a lot of hands. You'll need to make a lot of follow-up phone calls. Display ads and direct mail drops and similar marketing efforts do not replace calling up a potential client to try to establish a person-to-person connection. Because of the required hands-on time, you should be realistic about what it takes to get your computer consulting business going. Franchises Don't Serve S........ Read More

Computer Consulting Business: Find The Right Clients

If you really want to make a decent living and want to have a good, successful, viable computer consulting business, sooner or later you have to narrow down your focus and develop a keen intuition. Additionally, you have to become good at spotting the best small businesses accounts. The Small Business Myriad There are millions of small businesses in the U.S. and there are millions of small businesses abroad. There’s a pretty good chance that there are thousands, if not tens of thousands, o........ Read More

Computer Consulting: Use Your Time Wisely

Time is money. If you're not careful in your computer consulting business, you'll waste both. With a little discipline and structure, you can maximize the return on your time. Journal Your Time One way to determine your computer consulting time is by journaling. Write down everything you do for a couple of weeks to determine what you do with your time, where the time wasters are, and what you could do to improve your time management. Journaling is a good way to evaluate. Keep an Excel spread........ Read More

Computer Consulting Business: Hardware Warranty Services

As a computer consulting business, you shouldn’t be spending precious time and your clients’ limited budgets troubleshooting a malfunctioning monitor or CD-RW drive. If your computer consulting business is large enough that you have both senior-level and technician-level staff, you’re probably already doing a great job of directing workload to the right personnel. Are You a Company of One? However, if you are a small computer consulting business, where perhaps you are the "company", it........ Read More

Computer Consulting Time Constraints

Where can you find time to do it all? How can you devote time to finding long-term B2B computer consulting clients when you're already working 60, 70, 80 hours a week? There's no easy answer. In this article, you'll learn some possible options for finding long term clients in computer consulting. Do a Time Study Really looking at where you spend most of your time and figure out if there are some things that you're doing that you can afford to delegate (or automate or eliminate). For insta........ Read More

More Computer Consulting 101 Hiring Tips (part 2 Of 2)

Does your company need to retain the services of a competent computer consulting firm, but you have no idea how to really evaluate “competence”? In the first part of this two-part series on Computer Consulting 101 hiring tips, we looked at why small businesses find it so difficult to hire good computer consulting companies, as well as four basic questions that you must be addressed when searching for a new computer consulting vendor. Now in this second and final installment of this two p........ Read More


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