As I was discussing during my radio program a few weeks ago, China is now officially the world’s second largest economy …

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… overtaking Japan and as far as we can see the business opportunities will continue to rise in the coming years. After my very first business consulting seminar in Shangai [in Channel Marketing Strategies] focussing on the Internet and Distribution,

it was very educational for me to learn from some of the executives who I was standing in front of for days delivering the first of many marketing strategy seminars and consulting sessions.

Having managament from different industries all desiring to have their needs met meets with certain challenges, however as I am striving for excellence – I was happy to stretch myself up into new comfort zones.

With there being a shift from China just acting as a manufacturing arm for many of the world’s Multi National Companies to being an economy that is innovating and producing goods and services that needed domestically and internationally, we see a corresponding need to learn from the west in terms of process management and strategy development. The point is that – by learning in the form of taking in business consultants from the West, the country will save itself years in terms of trial and error, not to mention the amount of money that goes with that.

With all of the dynamics that goes into piecing the economies of the world together, as a business consultant I can see many opportunities for strategyt consultants like myself to lending a hand to the development of the economy of China.

With that said, I look forward to many more interactions and learning from as well as assisting Chinese [based] companies to grow and prosper as the dependency on the strength of business China continues to be one that is growing.

This is the first of a two part post on the subject of Business Consulting with small businesses. You see, I speak with a lot of small business owner and am constantly suprised at how many of them try to do everything themselves, are generally resistant to change are typically not marketers and in most cases have never made use of an expert marketing consultant to help them to get where they want to get to, in as short as possible time – here goes …

It is a matter of course that businesses will continue to make use of the skills of strategic business and marketing consultants. We see this on a constant basis with the larger corporates filling in the gaps of knowledge and skills as a matter of course by hiring in professionals who are skilled in specific areas that are needed by the company at any given point in time.

When it comes to dealing with some of the smaller companies we see that it is not uncommon for those business owners being wary of hiring in business consultants, for many and varied reasons including the fact that they feel inadequate and not in charge of all of skills required to run their company.

We know that that is really the wrong view to take, and in actuality that view is really far from the truth. As mentioned above there are many very successful people in business who use business consultants to help them amongst other things to develop their niche marketing strategies. The thing about these specialists is that they can take a look at your business with an unbiased and impartial view. These specialist should be looked upon as an editor of a newspaper. When people write articles for the newspaper, often they cannot see the mistakes that they have made. The editor takes the article and fine tunes it to look and read the very best that it can.

… More on this in this business marketing strategy post