How Can an HR Consultant Help My Small Business?

Updated: Jul 23, 2018

By: Robin Walters


Human Resource Management is one of the most difficult parts of any business. For the

small business, it can be like walking a tightrope. Mismanage one aspect of the human resource function and you could not only lose a good employee, but the company could be faced with state or federal penalties. If you fall off the HR tightrope, you could even be sued.

Those are all good reasons to seek the help of an HR consultant. This article will help you understand how these outsourced professionals help the small business owner handle the difficult and complicated HR function.


Signs You Need an HR Consultant

According to Inc., nearly 85% of American businesses outsource some part of their HR functions.

Here are some clear indicators that it might be time to ask for help from an HR consultant:

  • If your business is rapidly growing, you might need an HR consultant to help expand recruiting and retention programs.

  • Or, if your group insurance policies are increasing and you need someone to help you find a better deal.

  • Are you struggling to organize your company’s workflows so that you know you’re getting the most from every employee?

  • Perhaps you have a problem with employee churn and you’re frustrated because you can’t seem to find and retain good help?

These are just some of the situations that necessitate calling on an outsourced HR professional.


What Can an HR Consultant Do for My Business?

With small business comes the necessity of wearing many hats. Business owners are often hard pressed to hire for full-time backend administrative roles because cash flow is just one of the issues companies face in the first few years.

Yet the human resource functions, such as hiring, onboarding, training, evaluations, and payroll, are both necessary and highly task-driven. It’s not unusual for a small business to need a full-time human resource manager in order to keep up with all the tasks necessary to stay compliant with all local, state and federal employment rules.

That’s where an HR consultant can be highly beneficial to your business. These are low-cost outsourced resources that can handle everything a full-time HR manager could, including:

  • Payroll

  • Time tracking and verification

  • Employee performance

  • Benefits selection and administration

  • Organizational processes, workflows, and structure development

  • Hiring and onboarding

  • Training

Some HR consultants can also handle accounting and billing. Or, they can offer marketing functions to support your sales team. More than anything else, a trained HR consultant can keep you legal by making sure you’re handling employees in all the ways that are prescribed under local, state, and federal laws.

But what kinds of deliverables can an HR consultant actually provide a small business? They could:

  • Create a human resource manual.

  • Cut checks for employees or vendors.

  • Set up a policy for mileage reimbursement or other “rules” and roll them out to staff.

  • Research, evaluate, and make recommendations for new insurance carriers.

  • Develop an employee recognition program.

  • Create employee training.

  • Document employee disciplinary actions.

The tasks these professionals can provide varies, but one thing is clear – HR consultants can provide a variety of necessary tasks to help keep your business on track.

For a free consultation on how we can help improve your business, contact us today.


Robin Walters is a writer, recruiter, marketing and sales exec. Connect with her on LinkedIn at https://bit.ly/2LMB2S0

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