Before hiring a consultant, make sure the following are true:
- They have no conflict of interest; for example, they don't receive commissions on products or services recommended to you.
- They willingly provide documentation of training received and share other background information.
- They present a written contract detailing the types of services to be performed and the fees for those services.
- They will provide you with a written report upon completion of the project.
Finally, make sure you talk to more than one consultant and evaluate the services provided and fees charged, as well as analyze your needs before making a final decision.
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