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Computer Consulting 101 Hiring Tips (part 1 Of 2)

Does your business need the services of a computer consulting firm? Before you rush out and hire the first techie or slick-salesperson that knocks on your door, be sure to consider these favorite Computer Consulting 101 hiring tips for screening and interviewing local computer consulting firms. In this first in a two-part series, we’ll look the root of the problem, as well as the four most basic criteria that you’ll need to ask about when searching for computer consulting vendors. Computer ........ 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: Find Paying Clients During Start-up

Even if you are just starting out your computer consulting practice with rather basic desktop support level technical skills, make sure that your computer consulting firm gets some paying clients who are at your current technical skills comfort level. In this article, you'll learn which types of clients to pursue first. Start out by working with home offices and very small stand-alone businesses and companies with really, really small peer-to-peer simple networks. At least you're getting some p........ Read More

Small Business Computer Consulting: Can You Hire Help?

As a new small business computer consulting firm, you might ask what level of technical staff you can put on payroll. Don't get too excited yet; you have to be realistic about this. Of course, it varies by job market, but all things being equal, what kind of technical person will your small business computer consulting firm be able to find? Can you find someone that has the wide variety of intermediate to high end technical skills that are needed for larger small business clients if your techn........ 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: Do Your Homework

Beware of vendors who ask you to explain what you do in your business. Instead, give a basic explaination of what your computer consulting business is all about so a client can determine if he has any product or service that’s in your picture. Rather than be reactive, go to the interview being proactive! Know what they are doing before you go in and be prepared to help them with their needs. Computer Consulting: Research to Prepare for Your Meeting Even though it might take you 30 to 45 minu........ 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

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

Computer Consulting Services: Protecting Client Data

As a provider of computer consulting services, you should communicate to your clients that a dedicated server generally can enforce strong user passwords. This means your clients can: • Force users to change passwords at predetermined intervals • Prevent recycling of previously-chosen passwords • Eliminate the use of blank passwords • Enforce selection of passwords that are a mixture of both letters and numbers, as well as upper and lower case characters Protection Against "Accidental"........ 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

How A Computer Consulting Business Can Help Your Company

While many small companies only call in a local computer consulting business when something computer-related breaks, there's a lot to be gained by forging a proactive, long-term relationship with a local computer consulting business in your area. Consider Getting Advice from a Computer Consulting Business If you need to get advice once-in-a-while on how your computers can be better utilized, or you have a specific computer-related problem that needs to be solved, a computer consulting business........ Read More

Computer Consulting: Don’t Market The 90’s Way

The 90’s was a time of certification for computer consulting businesses. Everyone touted what formal partnerships they had with what major corporations. “Hire us because we’re a Novell certified shop” or “Hire us because we’re an IBM business partner.” Most consultants aren’t leading with that anymore because they don’t want to be perceived as an extension of that company sales force. They want to be perceived as their own brand of computer consulting. The Benefits of Partner........ Read More

Computer Consulting: Should You Buy A Franchise?

You can approach the decision whether or not to buy a franchise in many different ways. There are many pros and many cons with franchise organizations. In this article, we'll explore the pros and cons with franchise organizations in computer consulting. The Pros o You get the trappings of being part of a larger company. o You get a peer support network that's built into the organization. o You get a lot of tools and resources. o You have people to go to with problems. The Cons There is a fli........ Read More

Computer Consulting 101 Pc Troubleshooting Advice

While most small businesses really do need to find a good local computer consulting business to take care of their computer problems, there are some computer problems that are simple enough for even a technophobe to handle. At Computer Consulting 101, we've found there's one very simple piece of advice that often doesn't get communicated to non-technical small business end users: When in doubt, reboot first. Seriously, while it may sound tremendously simple, end users often overlook it during t........ 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


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