"Advice" is more than just mentoring; it is the relationship between the company and a third party that offers certain added value. There is a standard sense of expectation and appreciation. Just as a consultant must invest time serving a business, he must also invest time in the relationship.
No matter how ambitious or talented we all have blind spots – certain obstacles or harsh realities that we cannot foresee, we all need educated advice from time to time. To get it we need to schedule an introduction call and hire the right consultant.
When considering hiring a management consultant for your business, it is important to bring in someone who is not only qualified and experienced, but also someone you like. Be wary of those who are experienced and know little about many things.
No academic degree exceeds the effectiveness of a proven business consultant who has experience in the competencies you seek and who can demonstrate success from real-life situations.
A consultant who specializes in your industry speaks your language, understands your business issues and knows the competitive umbrella under which your company operates. With any luck, he would also have great contacts in the industry. Last but not least, ask your mentors, colleagues and social media members who they have used and would recommend as a business consultant.