Before beginning your search for an IT consultant, carefully define your project objectives, your timeline, and your budget, and then include each of these elements in a request for proposal (RFP). With the RFP in hand, begin your search by asking other business owners in your industry for a recommendation and do some research online to locate consultants in your area. Look for areas of expertise that align with your project goals. It’s often wise to choose someone in your area, so you can have a face-to-face meeting to discuss project specifics. Lastly, remember to check the consultant’s references and ask for work samples or project case studies before you engage their services.
For more on hiring a consultant, be sure to read Finding the Right Computer Consultant.