Beth Jannery is CEO of Titan: Consulting & Consultant Certification – including Personal Consulting.
When people leave the corporate world to start their own businesses, this can be seen as a risky move, especially by those who thrive on stability, routine and predictable outcomes. But this step doesn’t have to be only for risk-takers. When you are ready to make the leap, there are mentors and personal consultants to lean on.
Asking for business help is often not easy, in part because hiring a personal consultant is not something most business leaders initially budget for. You may have the common mentality of, “I’m smart, I can do this on my own. I don’t need to pay for that.” But asking for help is an act of humility, and getting smart and honest guidance from someone who has walked this walk already is invaluable for both you and those who work at your business.
Organizing Your Ideas To Optimize Your Business
The first year in business can be a bit like throwing wet sand against a brick wall: Business owners try everything and see what sticks. Turning skills and ideas into an offer that provides value can more easily be done by seeking the expertise of a consultant rather than going solo. It’s tough out there, so having a pro who has your back and isn’t afraid to tell you when you are off base is the kind of tough business love worth asking for.
With this niche, expert guidance from someone who is impartial and emotionally detached, a chaotic bunch of cool ideas can be systematically organized and channeled into a valuable business offer that quickly brings in revenue in the early weeks of setting up shop, when initial wins are critical. Creating a clear company focus makes work life much simpler. It frees up your time—and mental space—to assess other business development directions and cultivate those important client relationships.
For the person who is ready to make a career change and perhaps start their own business or make some sort of change to align with their skills and values, personal consulting can be instrumental in a smooth process. Invest in yourself and consider bringing on a personal consultant for a minimum of five hours per week. Don’t do it solo—ask for that help.
Improving Employee Happiness And Retention
Many companies are grappling with employee engagement issues. It’s become a top workforce trend, specifically in the area of retention. One solution-based avenue for personal consultants is a monthly retainer to help companies through some of these issues. For example, a company needing employee engagement support can reach out to a consultant for a set number of hours to provide a one-on-one consultant resource for unhappy employees. This can be a meaningful solution because it shows employees that they are being valued as the investment for the personal consultant is shouldered by the employee’s company. It may seem like a small act, but an hour of having an active listener engage with an employee can go far.
The key is to offer weekly consulting—or as many hour-long sessions as needed—to employees before they are headed out the door. Personal consulting in the workplace is a unique and creative way for Human Resources to add a tangible resource to help with employee engagement. It is also a selling point that Talent Acquisition can offer to entice new hires.
In these confidential sessions, the personal consultant and the employee can talk about ways to empower their mindset to be positive and productive and ultimately create thoughts that motivate action to determine outcomes and desired results. Imagine going from being frustrated and ready to quit to observing thought patterns and creating action and desired outcomes. Situations or circumstances may or may not change, but having domain over your thoughts and actions is something you can control.
A personal consultant is a neutral person who holds space for someone who thinks they might be better off somewhere else. Sure, change can be good, but often a drastic career change isn’t the answer. Together, the employee and the consultant can explore how to turn current challenges around. The result is that companies save resources by not having to hire and train new employees, and the employees feel valued.