If You Think Hiring an Expert is Expensive, Wait Until You do it Wrong!

By Flux7 Labs
February 20, 2015

You Can’t Afford Cheap!

Some people always try to do things on the cheap. They will always pick the least expensive way of doing something. They consider the lowest cost as being the most important metric when it comes to any particular job.

The problem is that a low up-front cost is not always a good guide to how much a job will cost overall. Indeed a low upfront cost can often lead to expensive bills down the line as you try to recover from deficiencies encountered as a result of that low-cost option.

Paying an expert to find you a solution generally ends up the cheapest option in the long run. There is usually a solid reason why people undercut others.  More often than not, it is because that person does not have the skills, ability or speed to match their higher charging brethren. They literally need to charge at a lower rate so that they can get the work to learn their skills. In many cases the reason why you are paying a cheaper rate for something is because you are unwittingly consenting to being a guinea pig.

What Can Experts Do?

Anyone considered to be an expert, will have the qualifications and experience to prove that they can live up to the term. They will be able to perform quicker and more efficiently than others. Their hourly rate may be higher than their more amateur competitors but they will take less hours to do the necessary tasks. Often the overall job will end up cheaper because of this.

They have built up a knowledge base through their experience. They know the best practices to follow, and just as importantly they will have worked out what are the bad practices that should be avoided. You are not going to have to pay them to experiment, change their mind, and start again on a different track. Trial and error can be very expensive, both in terms of cost (more hours of labour, paying for wasted resources etc) and in terms of time (the longer the job takes the further you are away from completion, and that may have flow-on effects to your own clients).

They know from the outset what has to be done. They will not having to Google to learn the basics of how to do the job that you are paying them for.

One example of this we have seen is in the kitchen door industry. There are relatively few firms that manufacture kitchen doors. One firm wanted to get a batch of kitchen doors made quickly – they had promised their clients that the kitchen would be ready to be installed in a  ridiculously quick time. The problem is that they had also bid a very low rate for those kitchens, and expected the kitchen door manufacturers to come to the party with cheap kitchen doors – preferably made within a week. To their surprise the expert kitchen door manufacturers all said “no”. They would not put their reputations on the line just because a potential customer wanted things cheap. In the end the client had to import the doors from China, and they took twice as long to arrive as promised. Before long the coating started to peel off – much quicker than those doors made by the expert firms.

It is the same when you deal with your firm’s data. You need to think about what is the expert way to handle and look after that valuable data. Don’t look at what is the cheapest method, look at what is the most cost-effective method, of handling your data. A cheap method would, for instance, be to save all of your files internally, possibly on $100 portable hard disks. This suddenly loses its attraction and affordability the day that a disk becomes corrupted and you have to go begging to a data recovery service to help you out.

Some people try and do everything themselves – that way they don’t have to pay upfront for services rendered. Again, there are issues here. Tim Ferriss has become well known for his writings on the Four Day Work Week. In his books he posits that people should aim is to be as effective as possible. You will not be effective if you try and do everything yourself. You should focus on those tasks that most need to be done. Your effectiveness will improve immeasurably if you outsource those jobs that are not essential to be done in-house.

The Right Experts Make a Difference

Of course, you need to do your homework if you go down the outsourcing track. It helps if you know exactly what it is that you are looking for. Make certain that any firm that you approach knows its stuff. Do they sound legitimate? Do they appear to know the language? Do they present themselves professionally? Do they have a well-designed website with solid content on? Do they have a physical address that can be verified? Are they well known in their industry? Do you know any satisfied clients?

We have had one client in recent times who hired a company to help them with their data storage issues. The firm they dealt with were experts in biotech, the industry this client is in, and because of this they felt quite an affinity with them. The problem was though, that as much as they could claim to be an expert in biotech, and had some experience with data storage in that area, they had no knowledge about Amazon Web Services (AWS), which is a key part of our client’s cloud computing storage. In the end that client came to Flux 7, because of our expertise in operating with AWS.

The Expert Seal of Approvalapproved-29149_640

There are times having an expert “seal of approval” is very useful to your credibility. 

 Outsiders can see that you are a firm that believes in taking quality advice. They can see that you work with experts who know what they are doing and who will help improve your bottom line. This is one of those areas that potential investors take a look at when they undertake due diligence reports.seful to your credibility.

Why Using the Skills of AWS Experts Makes Sense

Flux7 can rightfully state we are AWS experts. We have built up a client base and built up our expertise in the use of Amazon’s cloud computing platform.

Because we know how the system operates, and use it every day, we have a hardware knowledge that is second-to-none. We know what works. We can easily give an independent review of your cloud infrastructure from certified AWS consultants, and an AWS Advanced Tier partner. We know the best practices for server uptime.

Similarly our software developers can develop CloudFormation scripts to automate your deployment process. You will not have to think about how your data is being safely stored – it will all happen for you.

Our experts have full architectural knowledge of the apps and systems, which can easily be adapted to your own situation.

So what is the cheapest way to keep your data safe? Doing everything in-house, using you or your staff’s time and relative lack of expertise? Employing the cheapest bidder to do “something” to store your data. Or to contract an expert in data storage and cloud computing systems, who knows precisely the best solution for your data needs, giving you a highly effective result?