Business Consulting

5 Things I Look For In A Business Consultant

My personal checklist.

Photo by    Cameron Clark

Photo by Cameron Clark

These days, there is no shortage of business consultants who are happy to help you. As a business consultant myself, here's what I look for when hiring one – for myself:
 

1. They've hired a business consultant themselves.

I'm not interested in learning from someone who isn't interested in learning from others. Someone who is convinced they personally have "all the answers" usually doesn't. 
 

2. Their expertise goes beyond Google and the latest books.

I've hired consultants several times over the course of my career. Some were useful, some helped me shift my perspective on certain things even though their advice didn't actually work, and some were terrible – reciting paragraphs from books that I had already read, with zero knowledge beyond that. 
 

3. They earn enough to be the primary breadwinner, even if that is not their family role.

Supplemental income is awesome. Being able to take your family on vacations and creating lifelong memories together matters. Even paying half the expenses in a dual-income family is great. However, being able to grow a business that generates enough revenue to completely support your family and the families of your employees requires a different skillset (and mindset) than running a business that only provides excellent supplemental income.
 

4. They spend both quality and quantity time with their families.

Travel is great and goodness knows I've racked up the miles, but at this point in my career I am not interested in learning how to build a business that takes me away from home on a frequent basis. For me both quality time and quantity time are important. 
 

5. They work smarter and harder. 

They don't claim to make a full-time salary by working "only three days a week" (I automatically nope right out of someone's Instagram page if I see this) but they also don't kill themselves or their team by never allowing their phones to be switched off during lunch. They work hard. They work smart. They rest. They make time for people. And they allow others to do the same.


Originally published April 2017

5 Things I Personally Look For When Hiring A Business Consultant

These days, there is no shortage of business consultants who are happy to help you. As a business consultant myself, here's what I look for when hiring one – for myself:
 

1. They've hired a business consultant themselves.

I'm not interested in learning from someone who isn't interested in learning from others. Someone who is convinced they personally have "all the answers" usually doesn't. 
 

2. Their expertise goes beyond Google and the latest books.

I've hired consultants several times over the course of my career. Some were useful, some helped me shift my perspective on certain things even though their advice didn't actually work, and some were terrible – reciting paragraphs from books that I had already read, with zero knowledge beyond that. 
 

3. They earn enough to be the primary breadwinner, even if that is not their family role.

Supplemental income is awesome. Being able to take your family on vacations and creating lifelong memories together matters. Even paying half the expenses in a dual-income family is great. However, being able to grow a business that generates enough revenue to completely support your family and the families of your employees requires a different skillset (and mindset) than running a business that only provides excellent supplemental income.
 

4. They spend both quality and quantity time with their families.

Travel is great and goodness knows I've racked up the miles, but at this point in my career I am not interested in learning how to build a business that takes me away from home on a frequent basis. For me both quality time and quantity time are important. 
 

5. They work smarter and harder. 

They don't claim to make a full-time salary by working "only three days a week" (I automatically nope right out of someone's Instagram page if I see this) but they also don't kill themselves or their team by never allowing their phones to be switched off during lunch. They work hard. They work smart. They rest. They make time for people. And they allow others to do the same.


Originally published April 2017

Improve Your Team's Performance + Increase Your Profits

Bella Bridesmaids' annual retreat for their franchise owners

Bella Bridesmaids' annual retreat for their franchise owners


One of my favorite parts of my job is helping companies improve their team's performance and increase their profits by providing training and strategic insight to their staff during their annual retreats. 

In the wedding industry, most annual retreats often happen during the months of November - February, at the end of the year after the October rush of weddings, or in the first two months before the new year truly gets underway. Both seasons give business owners a chance to give their teams the opportunity to relax and further bond as a team, review what worked and what didn't over the past year, and set a strategic plan for the year to come.

I highly recommend making time for an annual retreat, whether you have a team or not. If you're a solopreneur, even just taking a weekend by yourself at a hotel or AirBnB 90 minutes away can help you disconnect from your familiar routine so that you can spend some focused time on setting goals and planning how you will successfully achieve them next year.

If you are looking to bring in outside expertise to your retreat, I'd love to help. I've personally trained thousands of wedding, event, tourism, and hospitality industry pros from around the world over the years and lead strategic sessions for annual retreats for multiple companies each year. 

Because it's August, people are busy finalizing details for Q4 of 2018, including their end of the year retreats. If you're interested in strategic guidance, team training, leadership development, or giving your staff a deeper dive into the topics you may have heard me speak on at a conference, you can drop me a line here. I'd love to chat with you.