What is an internet consultant?
Yes, I'm an internet consultant, but what does that mean? Does that mean
that I know everything there is to know about the internet? No. Not even
close. An internet consultant helps people and businesses determine their needs, and meet them. That's what I do for customers not only in Portland,
Oregon where I live, but in several countries throughout the world.
A good internet consultant will ask a lot of questions, since there are
always several ways to accomplish any internet based goal. However, even
more important, a good internet consultant will LISTEN. This seems
to be the number one complaint that I hear about other consultants. They
tend to talk and talk, recommending this and that, yet don't take time
to carefully listen to what the client is really saying.
your needs, your budget, and your projected growth, there may be a wide
range of choices, and only a well rounded internet or computer
consultant can help you make the right decisions for your future.
What can an internet consultant offer you?
There are many things that pertain to the internet, and you practically
have to be a science fiction writer to understand all the possibilities.
Did you know that you can share a folder or files on the internet with
another user halfway across the world? Did you know that even if you’re
halfway across the world you can log into your very own computer?
Things like Ecommerce, remote desktop
security, VPN's (Virtual Private Networks), internet shared
applications, online databases and more are out there, and unless your
consultant can identify your need, you could miss out on opportunities
that you didn’t even know existed!
Along with this internet convenience comes danger. Did you know that
people can break into a poorly protected computer over the web and read,
change and delete files? Did you know that someone can use the internet
to hack into a web or mail server and use that server to send millions
of spam messages in a matter of minutes?
Did you know that if that happens in your
office, you could get “blacklisted” have all of the major ISP’s
(Internet Service Providers) refuse to accept any of your email,
effectively blocking all of your communication with their subscribers.
There are specialists in web based security,
and a good internet consultant will help identify the right company for
the job, based on the client’s needs, budget, and level of technical
Web design and Web hosting are both specialty services, and a good
consultant should steer you to a reputable company providing both. In
many cases, consulting companies may offer these services themselves,
but more often, they use subcontractors and affiliates. This allows you
to get not only a recommendation from the consultant, but also a sense
of responsibility and follow through as well. It also allows you to not
put all your eggs in one basket, in case your consultant becomes
A good internet consultant can help you not only determine what your
needs are, but review those options with you too. In many cases, a
consultant can even contact these companies on your behalf, and explain
your needs to them. Then they’ll get the written quotes, and review and
explain those quotes to you in layman’s terms. This helps you maximize
your time, giving you an efficient way to make an educated decision,
without having to become an internet consultant yourself.
Client & Web