You likely have a good idea of the direction you want to take your company. But no matter how hard you try; you may not be able to take the first step needed to make that dream a reality. If this is the case, there’s a good chance that you are ready for help from a career support professional, but which route should you take? Whether it is a consultant or a therapist, here are some of the common things to think of before making your decision.
Why and When Should You Hire a Consultant?
If you have a distinct goal in mind for your business but don’t know how to achieve it, there’s a good chance that a consultant can help give you the insight to set the wheel in motion and reach your eventual destination. In fact, this is often one of the most common ways that small businesses gain their footing in a competitive marketplace and make a lasting impact on their target markets. It’s never too early to work with a consultant if you already have clear goals in mind.
Most qualified consultants will be able to give you the answers you are looking for and a clear vision of how you can work your way to where you want your business to be. From the conception of your business to an inevitable retirement or passing of the torch, partnering with the right consultant can give you insight into the path you should take next; even if you don’t readily see it! Learning on their experience at every stage of your business can help alleviate common growing pains and bridge any experience gaps that may be present.
Why and When Should You Hire a Therapist?
If you have a mental health issue that may be keeping you from pursuing the best interests of your business or not giving your all to succeed, it can have a great impact on your success. In the event this is occurring for you, working with a therapist may help overcome these obstacles that are holding you back and allow you to move forward with your career or business. Without pinpointing and correcting mental health issues, you will inevitably break down even more due to common work stressors that all businesses face.
If you feel like you are having trouble finding the motivation to continue or just don’t see any opportunities to continue, there’s a chance that you may be affected by mental health issues. This would be a great time to at least schedule a preliminary meeting with a therapist to see if you may benefit from their services more than those provided by a consultant. No matter what mental health problems you are facing, a therapist can help you work through them while helping you improve your self-awareness and gain new confidence to propel your business forward in challenging markets.
With over two decades of in-the-trenches marketing experience, Matthew Maennche’s views on developing and supporting a successful business are fundamentally different from the norm. As a developer and strategist, Maennche has helped thousands of businesses of all sizes, both domestic and international, take their organizations to the next level.
Matthew also spends time giving back to the local business community as a volunteer, mentor, and leader for the local chapter of SCORE.