Doing business is not a one man show. As an entrepreneur or business owner, to solve your problems, expect to work with a host of other people including Accountants, Lawyers, Government officials, customers, Bankers, Competitors, Suppliers and Consultants.
You may have decided to hire a business consultant for a variety of reasons: lack or inadequacy of internal skills, knowledge or experience from employees; cost effectiveness to outsource the problem solution, and much more.
Regardless of the reasons for engaging the services of a consultant, one thing stands out: it is the business of working together to solve problems. This idea is also underscored in the definition of consultation from the Oxford dictionary: “the act of discussing something with somebody or with a group of people before making a decision about it.”
In practice, this is what consulting is all about. In the process of helping the business owner solve the problems, s/he not only shares information, knowledge and experience, but also works with the client and employees. As the consultant works with clients to solve business problems, s/he also builds long term relationships. Therefore, consulting is primarily a long-term relationship building business.