The tech industry generates a lot of jobs, but at times it can be tricky to be a business owner and having to tackle all intrinsic IT costs (among others, of course): hiring someone new, training, insurances, social security, and so on.

For someone who runs the business, there are some aspects you have to weigh before looking into an external IT consultancy firm.
In today’s article, we are going to analyze all those topics with you and hopefully, in the end, you will be closer to making the best decision for your business.

Before we move into the topics themselves, let us tell you that whatever decision you make, make sure you have a long-run thinking strategy. Sometimes, long-term commitments might seem scary as they feel like they are trapping you but truly it is the short-term thinking that puts in jeopardy many of the businesses out there.

Let’s see what we have:

Hiring someone is more than just paying them a salary.

Depending on the country you live in, your labor laws might vary. For instance, Portugal is a considerably safe country to be employed in (generally speaking). The law, most of the time, protects the employee. That being said, if you hire someone through a consultancy firm, most of the obligations, such as insurances (if applicable), social security contributions, vacations, and even the firing process are not on you. None of them.
Therefore, long-term, you pay for the convenience of working with highly professional individuals for a much lower risk. You pay for what you need as long as it is necessary for the growth of your business, without the responsibility of fixed costs.

That’s what we call a smart investment, isn’t it?

Training is expensive.

When you hire someone for your internal IT team, part of your responsibilities is to guarantee those people receive proper training for their roles. Continuously.

On the other hand, when you work with a consultancy firm, you automatically hire people who have access to the newest trends, tools, and technologies. Sustaining and training an internal IT team is more cost consuming long-term, which brings us to the next topic.

Access to highly trained employees.

Working with an external consultancy IT company means you have access to the newest technologies and a variety of experts with different backgrounds & know-how: strategies, methodologies, experiences, vision, etc.

Therefore, it means you have a specialized team working to solve your technical challenges, as the focus is always on the cross-discipline interaction. Usually, people that worked in different backgrounds, industries, and companies are able to bring true innovation and introduce it in the way you work and solve problems.
It’s a fresher look.

Trust is everything.

Prior to any partnership (because it is a partnership above all), be sure that you are allowing only trustworthy and established professionals to work with you. Companies come and go and businesses can get very affected by such an irregular flow, so you want to make sure you choose a company that fits the best with your needs, values, and working terms.

There is a whole company behind the professional you hire.

Integrate the consultant as one of your own.

He will feel right at home and therefore he’ll find a new team within your company. That sort of engagement is very important both for your team and for the hired consultant.

But remember there is a whole other team behind him/her, managing his motivation, his professional path, skills, and his relationship with your company.

The consulting company should help you overcome problems, suggest alternative solutions that can go sometimes beyond the hired professional — there should be added value.
It is also very important for you to manage the partner companies as you grow. At the end of the day, you don’t want to end up hiring 10 consultants from 10 different consulting companies. This sort of scenario unbalances the overall health of your professional activity.
This, again, is where trust and reliability should be key differentiators in the companies you opt for growth partners.

Hopefully, you found this helpful.

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Aleksandra Korzh