How Can You Find VARs and Consultants?

As with many things nowadays, if you need to find a value-added reseller (VAR) or consultant, you can do it on the Web. A couple of organizations that specifically target this market: Network Professional Association. The NPA’s membership consists of network computing professionals, which may include some resellers and consultants who consider themselves network professionals. VARBusiness. A leading trade magazine, VARBusiness f

How Much Do VARs and Consultants Charge?

Trying to pin down how much it costs to a use a value-added reseller (VAR) or a consultant isn’t easy. Typically you pay for work on a per-hour basis plus the cost of any hardware and software. Large consulting firms charge anywhere from $200 to $400 per hour. Individual consultants and VARs are likely to charge in the $100 to $200 per-hour range, according to the experience level of their employees. Depending on your project, you may be on the low end or the high end of the range. You also need

Working with a Business Planning Consultant

I’ve hired independent consultants to write my business plan, but I’m not sure how to communicate the proper information to them. Any ideas? No one should just write a business plan. A plan needs to reflect and create a carefully thought-out business strategy for growth and profitability. To that end your business-plan consultant needs to work with you to develop and refine your business strategy. They need to be a sounding board and play devil’s advocate. They need to meet with you several tim