Consultants have polished skills of diddling out our money through years and IT consultants are not an exception from this rule. That is why it is essential to learn how to specify and avoid their tricks in order to save your time and money.
Here we have gathered the most commonly used and dirty tricks of IT consultants – learn them and watch out!
- Hidden charges and fees. One of the oldest and still working tricks – the company proposes relatively low prices for its services but during the work process the amount of actions and services grows and as a result you will receive a bill with much higher price than you have expected. One of the reasons of such behavior is that the company that will place the real price for their services will lose customers. In order to avoid that, make your request for proposal more flexible.
- Usage of work of less qualified workers. You close the deal with the most experienced and skillful experts but all work for your project is performed by unexperienced workers – and you still have to pay for their work as for the work of top class experts. More than that, sometimes the company uses resumes of experts who have never ever worked there. To avoid that, meet face to face with experts who are said to work on your project and highlight in the contract that these people exactly will work on it, otherwise, the company will pay a penalty.
- Delay time of accomplishment if the expert gets payment for hours of work. The IT company can simply waste money by enabling indecisiveness. In order to fix that you will have to schedule IT projects and manage them singlehanded.
- IT company hosts servers and essential information of your company, so you have no access to the source code or passwords to your network system and you have to pay the company to get it back. In such a way the IT consultants try to tie you up to their services. To avoid that, check the reputation of the consulting firm and then read the contract carefully. Make sure that all intellectual property will belong to your company.
- Recommendation of the services from the third party. Usually consultants receive a rate from your deal with that third party.