In the world of business, especially in the U.S., making informed decisions can often mean the difference between success and stagnation. When faced with complex challenges or opportunities for growth, many turn to business consultants for guidance. But with a myriad of consultants out there, how do you select the right one? In this blog, we'll explore three types of consultants and help you determine which one is the best fit for your needs.
1. The Academically-Informed Consultant
The first type of consultant you might encounter is someone armed with degrees from prestigious universities. They offer solutions and suggestions based on the knowledge they've gained from books, case studies, and academic research. These consultants bring a theoretical understanding of business concepts and can provide structured, data-driven insights. The majority of consultants fall into this category.
2. The Experience-Backed Consultant
Then there are those who have worked directly with successful professionals. They've been in the trenches, learning from seasoned experts, and have first hand exposure to what works in the real business world. These consultants can share invaluable practical knowledge gained through mentorship and from working with individuals that have been successful in their fields.
3. The Seasoned Entrepreneur Consultant
The third category consists of consultants who have run their businesses. They've walked the talk, experienced the highs and lows of entrepreneurship, and can offer firsthand insights into what has worked for them, what hasn't, and why. Their wisdom comes directly from the source – their own entrepreneurial pathway.
Choosing the Right Consultant for Your Needs
When it comes to selecting a consultant, it's essential to understand that the majority typically fall into the theoretical categories – those armed with academic knowledge and those who have learned from successful professionals. Consultants who encompass all three categories are relatively rare, making them a unique and valuable find in the consultancy landscape. These multifaceted consultants offer a comprehensive blend of academic expertise, real-world experience gained from mentorship, and the practical insights drawn from their personal entrepreneurial road.
At Visa Business Plans, we are proud to be among this select group of well-rounded consultants. We bring a holistic perspective to our services, backed by academic knowledge, hands-on experience working alongside the U.S. most prominent immigration attorneys for over 14 years, and a successful 35-year track record of starting, growing, and selling businesses. When you choose Visa Business Plans, you're not just choosing a consultant – you're partnering with a trusted advisor who can provide a well-rounded, actionable approach to help you achieve your business and immigration goals in the U.S. and Canada. Give us a call today to learn more.
Visa Business Plans is led by Marco Scanu, a certified coach from the University of Miami with a globally-based practice coaching Fortune 1000 company executives, entrepreneurs, as well as professionals in four different continents. Mr. Scanu advises clients on turnaround strategies and crisis management.
Mr. Scanu received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Cum Laude) from the University of Florida and an MBA in Management from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Mr. Scanu was also a Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University under the prestigious H. Humphrey Fellowship (Fulbright program) with a focus on Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and high-growth enterprises.
At present, Mr. Scanu is the managing partner and CEO at Visa Business Plans, a Miami-based boutique consulting firm providing attorneys and investors with business planning services in the areas of U.S. and Canadian immigration, SBA loans, and others.
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