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Computer Consulting: Weeding Out Time Wasters

When you’re in the computer consulting business, you’re selling your personality, you’re selling your charisma, and you’re certainly selling your business knowledge. Most specifically, however, at the end of the day, you are selling your time. You can’t afford to waste it. You need to be able to account for every hour that you spend, regardless of whether it’s billable, whether it’s sales function, whether it’s prospecting, or whether it’s administrative. In this article you'l........ Read More

Computer Consulting: Do You Keep Your Micro Clients?

A big question, especially among newly established computer consulting professionals is this: “I have some smaller clients with two to five PCs. Since they’re very close and they’re willing to pay our hourly rate and understand that I can schedule them when I can, is there a problem in keeping them as clients? Until I establish myself with more larger clients, I’d hate to lose this income.” Are Micro Clients Taking Up Too Much of Your Time? This is more of a focus and a time manage........ 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

Computer Consulting: How Do You Find Sweet Spot Clients?

Where do you find clients that are going to spend $1,000 to $2,000 a month on IT computer consulting services on an outsourced basis? You need to evaluate each client. Are they big enough to need a real server, a real firewall a real backup solution and offsite or online backup? Do they need to emphasize security, power protection, virus protection? Do they need a real professional for their IT needs? network support and LAN-WAN support? Your ideal customers can’t........ Read More

Computer Consulting: Prospective Client Red Flags

Is there a pattern to watch out for with computer consulting prospects that might act as a red flag or early warning detection system? Yes there is - and you’ll get better at spotting them as you go along. It’s more of an art than a science, but if it looks like the Dilbert cartoon, it probably is going to work out that way. Do Your Potential Computer Consulting Clients Respect Your Time? If you walk in and you have a one o’clock appointment and they make you sit around in the waiting........ 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

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 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: 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: 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 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

Computer Consulting And Virtual It

Do you own or manage a computer consulting company? Would you like to achieve greater small business success? If so, then get ready to learn why most computer consulting companies get IT (Information Technology) wrong and what you can do about IT. The Problem: Why Most Computer Consulting Companies Get IT Wrong Most owners of computer consulting companies make their jobs much harder than need be. Why? Because these computer consulting business owners fall in love with the technology… and vie........ 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: Balancing Your Portfolio

Do you have a balanced portfolio in your computer consulting business? Target 70% of your businesses in the small business state. Keep a small amount of your business dealing with home networks and the consumer side and then have 5-15% of your business with much larger businesses. This setup works for many computer consulting professionals but it all depends upon where you want to take your business. Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Basket Make sure that no single one of these clients accounts........ 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


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