Something that may not be an obvious thing to ask about when you are hiring a business consultant but should be taking into consideration is what type of documentation you will have once the consultation is over.
Why do you want to have copies of the paperwork?
There are several good reasons.
First of all, the paperwork can be an invaluable tool for you to use after the contract with your consultant is over. The paperwork often contains hidden treasures that, while they may not seem obvious at first, will prove to be useful in the future.
Secondly, the paperwork is going to include what it is that was analyzed about your company and what was done to improve your company. This is essential so that you can keep it and refer back to it, especially if not all the changes were made by the consultant.
Last, it shows you in writing what the consultant did for you while they were working for you. If there is ever a problem with your consultant, or if there is a dispute, this will give you documentation about what was or wasn't done.
It's good to have evidence of what was done by a consultant, both for the present and for the future. It is a good way to know what changes have been made by a consultant and it is a good reference tool. The documentation is a part of the road map to success that you are on with regards to your business.