This is a great question to ask? To tell you though I can’t give you that answer, what I can help you with is identify some signs that might help trigger you to think of opportunities that could create the need for someone to come in and give you a new set of eyes.
First, and most obvious would be that you are understaffed or you are running around and cannot help steer the ship because you are caught up in the day to day of the business. This is where most new business operators are.
Second, you have a project that is coming up that has deadlines and is over budget and you have no idea how you are going to get all of the pieces of the puzzle settled so that you can launch the project.
Third, you have multiple departments and no one to help make accurate decisions within each of those departments. This typically is when a startup is growing and you need someone that can assist wearing the hats of each department head. Sometimes you don’t have the capital to afford a department director that can run each portion of the business. What you need is someone that has the talent to be able to make a decision on operations and understand how that is going to affect marketing, logistics, customer service and so on.
Fourth, you are not hitting numbers and growth has been stagnant. This can happen every so often. Your COG’s are not in line and you are just spending way too much then what’s coming in. It happens but a new pair of eyes can come in and help analyze the P&L and shed some light on areas that you might have known to look at.
I’ll sum it up with a quick little notion to tell you that no matter what I write there is never a point where you clearly say I need a consultant. There will be a time when we sit down together and the feeling is right and the vibes are perfect and you realize that this person can help me, or I want to work with this person to be better at whatever you think you need to be better at. That’s the beauty in this, we all need to improve and take steps to make ourselves better but the hardest part is acknowledging that aspect and raising your hand and asking for help.