Electrical Consulting 

Over the past nearly 40 years, I have worked for some of the smallest and largest electrical contractors across the United States. I started in the warehouse learning the materials & tools of the trade by name and often times nickname. Back then hickey meant something totally different. From the warehouse, I moved into purchasing, estimating & project management. After nearly 10 years in the industry, I and others realized my strongest skillsets were computers and numbers. Not necessarily in that order. Estimating naturally became my career path for the next 30 years. Since that time I have worked for 2 ENR top 40 electrical contractors and several midsize and smaller shops. During that time, I learned how to drive a forklift and unload semi’s loaded with materials and I also learned how to manage estimating teams, preconstruction departments, and lead 60 million dollar electrical design-build pursuits. I now offer my experience through all of those years as your consultant.

What do I mean by a consultant?

Most people have a preconceived idea of what a consultant is or does. I know I always have had my own idea as well. The dictionary describes a consultant as a person who provides expert advice professionally. That sounds pretty good. Who doesn’t need expert advice once in a while? I would add that a consultant helps others learn how to do their job better without doing the job for them. If you hire a physical trainer would you want to pay him to do all the exercises for you? It might be easier but what value would you get from that?

I would also add that a consultant applies his experience to help your organization think outside the box. Over the years, organizations can become a bit stale. The same people attending the same weekly or monthly meetings, and you know who is going to share new ideas and those that are afraid to change the status quo. Those that speak freely and objectively and those that do not want to rock the boat.

I believe one of the best services a consultant can provide is the willingness to challenge the status quo and provide at least several options for each problem that needs to be solved.

Estimate Reviews

One of the services I provide a fairly large electrical contractor is to sit in on large bid reviews. Prior to these reviews, I familiarize myself with the project and scope of work. Then, I review the estimate that the client has prepared and look for things that could be overlooked. During the review, I listen to the chief estimator or senior estimator go over the drawings and estimate to see if they have answered any questions I have found. During these reviews, I am like the person that walks into your home or office and notices that something is out of place because I am seeing it with fresh eyes. You are there all day every day and you don’t even notice that someone took the portrait hanging in your office and turned it upside down.

Some of the benefits of having a consultant

A consultant is not a full-time employee

A consultant is not afraid to tell you what you need to hear

A consultant does not necessarily know everything you know but certainly knows some things you don’t

A consultant should not be thought of as additional overhead but as someone who can help you reduce overhead A consultant should be trusted to have your best interests in mind

A consultant is not a full-time employee 

A consultant typically works with you for a set number of hours each month. There is no contractual obligation and services are provided on a month to month basis.

A consultant is not afraid to tell you what you need to hear

If you prefer to be told what you want to hear then a consultant is probably not for you. If you are this person you probably have an entire staff of employees who are willing to do this and probably do out of fear they could be furloughed.

A consultant does not necessarily know everything you know but certainly knows some things you don’t

Believe it or not, your way of doing things and running your business is not the only way or necessarily the best way. Some companies are big on internal meetings, some companies have not had an internal meeting since the started the business. Having someone who has been exposed to various ways of doing things can at least provide you with the assurance that your way is the highway, or maybe it isn’t.

A consultant should not be thought of as additional overhead but as someone who can help you reduce overhead

A consultant should help you streamline processes so that every key member of your team is working as efficiently as possible. You would think that since we offer recruiting services to our clients that we are always in favor of increasing staff. Not so. We believe the recruitment of key employees should only occur when one leaves your company for another, retires or that key person needs support that is not available inhouse. Otherwise, we strongly believe in training is the key to retaining.

A consultant should be trusted to have your best interests in mind

This is why we never offer our services to your competition. Once we are retained as your consultant you can rest assured that we will not provide our services to your direct competition. If you would like to learn more about our consulting services please complete the form below for a free consultation.

Consulting Fees – $250.00 Per 1-Hour Session

If we met with you once a month for 12 months you may be saying to yourself, what’s my return on investment? Let’s assume that during that 12 month period we helped you implement only 1-key improvement that not only saves you and let’s say 4 other employees 1 hour each month for the next 10 years. That would be a very good return on investment if we only implement 1 idea. 

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