ⓘ Business consultant

                                     

ⓘ Business consultant

A business consultant is a professional who provides professional or expert advice in a particular area such as security, management, accountancy, law, human resources, marketing, finance, engineering, science or any of many other specialized fields.

A consultant is usually an expert or a professional in a specific field and has a wide area of knowledge in a specific subject. Consultants can save their clients time, increase revenue, and maintain resources. The role of a consultant outside the medical sphere where the term is used specifically for a grade of doctor can fall under one of two general categories:

  • Internal consultant – someone who operates within an organization but is available to be consulted on areas of specialism by other departments or individuals acting as clients; or
  • External consultant – someone who is employed externally either by a firm or some other agency whose expertise is provided on a temporary basis, usually for a fee. As such this type of consultant generally engages with multiple and changing clients.

The overall impact of a consultant is that clients have access to deeper levels of expertise than would be feasible for them to retain in-house, and may purchase only as much service from the outside consultant as desired.