Reasons to use independent consultants in 2017

January 12, 2017 Rebecca White

Have you noticed imperfections in the way your company works with consultancy firms? Have you sourced a consultant through a private network who was 'mostly' right for the assignment at hand? Talmix offers you a way to access a much broader network of independent consultants. We are a technology platform that puts you in touch with over 27,000, vetted and approved independent consultants.

In December 2016 our CEO Daniel Callaghan, discussed the benefits of using the independent workforce in a live broadcast. He was joined by Brigitte Herren, a Talmix independent consultant with a CV including stints at Deutsche Bank and Accenture. They talked about how this new way of working solves many of the most pressing challenges businesses will be facing in 2017. I summarise that discussion in this blog but you can also watch a recording of the broadcast.

The leaner approach

With a global sub-bench of 27,000 independent consultants that you can draw on at any time, in any part of the world, you can hire less. By not having so many people on the payroll and supplementing a core team when you really need it, you can create an operating model that meets the need to be lean in 2017.

It also lowers the transaction cost and makes hiring swifter. The entire hiring process is different - the consultant gets screened as an individual and as the client you can see what you are buying and be sure to get what you have been promised. 

Attract top talent

Some roles are almost impossible to fill for smaller companies, as they don't have the klout or employer brand name to attract the right candidates. An independent consultant will happily go from working in a major enterprise to working in a smaller company as this can offer them more job satisfaction, take Talmix consultant David Prescott, for instance. These varied experiences and transferable skillsets add to what makes working with independent consultants such a rich and valuable resource for companies of all sizes.

An ongoing business solution

We very much see the relationship between Talmix and our clients as a partnership, not a project by project transaction. Our clients use Talmix as a strategic weapon in their arsenal, it's not just about getting work delivered faster or cheaper. To them we are a vendor of on demand talent. We provide a new way of building out a global talent supply to take to the new generation. Our clients recognise that you need to work out how millennials, who already believe in working on a more flexible, part time basis, can be incorporated into their organisations. For many, working with platforms like Talmix is a way to start building this practice into their operations.

Brand vs talent

One of the barriers to adopting the use of on demand, independent talent that faces some of our clients has been aversion to risk. Brigitte explained how she has worked with companies who wanted the name of a known consulting company to back up their use of a consultant, but later complained that they didn't get the people they wanted.

Working with an independent or independents means taking more responsibility for making sure you have the right people in place. With opportunity costs removed, and a low time to evaluate there is little to stop you trying it out and making an assessment based on your own experience.

Final thoughts

Partnerships with contractors and interims are already commonplace in most organisations, but by adopting an on demand model and working with a solution like Talmix you're becoming so much more responsive to the market.

Now is the time to give something that is an evolving industry trend a chance, because it could become a competitive disadvantage to not to know how to work with this channel.

You can watch the recording here or to find out how to make 2017 the year you discover how independent consultants can change your business get in touch.

About the Author

Rebecca White

As Marketing Campaigns Manager at Talmix, Becca is focused on helping potential and existing customers understand how Talmix can help them unlock the power of the world's independent workforce. She strives to create killer content marketing, telling the stories of our customers' success.

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