Finding and choosing ideal consultants is the next step after deciding what you hope to accomplish by hiring one. Setting up a brief or scope of work is the first stage. This should outline the results and deliverables you anticipate from the consulting project. Additionally, this should also outline any deadlines and other crucial details.  

Furthermore, it will give the consultant the crucial details to include in a proposal that, along with the brief, will serve as the basis of the agreement between you, the client, and the consultant for the work to be done.   

So, what are the different ways to engage a consultant and which one will work best for you? 

An Organisation Like ReedPS 

Reed Professional Services can make it easy to ensure you have the right people, skills and capabilities to deliver your projects. Whatever your resource requirement, we’re here to make sure you have the right people, processes and tools to get your team delivering quickly. 

We proactively manage and maintain our talent pool, hand-selecting resources and capabilities aligned to your needs. Should you require something more specialist, our dedicated talent delivery team can utilise our extensive recruiting reach to find the right person for you. 

We take responsibility not only for the sourcing and onboarding of our consultants but for their deliverables too. Our PMO team manage everything for you, from ensuring our consultants come equipped, to managing the billing and reporting for you. We make it easy. 

Managed Services

In order to cut costs, enhance service quality, or free up internal teams to work on duties that are unique to their company, one option is to delegate general responsibilities to an expert using the managed services model. 

Managers are under a lot of pressure to maintain cost efficiency while also delivering on the performance, operational, and security requirements of the company. Most financial professionals would advise switching to a managed service with set costs in these circumstances. 

Statement of Work 

Project managers use a statement of work to outline the objectives, schedule, benchmarks, goals, costs, and deliverables for a given project. The deliverables will determine when payments are delivered. Both parties will concur with the SOW, which is a binding contract.  

A Statement of Work can serve as a foundation for project managers to create their project specifications. It is crucial to use a template. This is to make sure that all aspects are addressed while preparing a SOW.

A SOW gives businesses and independent contractors a way to diversify their services into complete project management and charge more for their knowledge. When services are entirely outsourced, the third party, not the employer, decides whether the work is considered IR35. 

Which approach will you choose? Our experienced consultants specialise in Agile delivery methods, strategic project and programme management and complex project assurance. We have the skills to help you outsource experts to join your team with zero risks. Contact us today for more information. 

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