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Business Consultant or Business Coach – What is the difference?

If you are searching for someone to help you with your business you may find people offering their services as a business consultant and business coach, but what is the difference? The simple answer is that a business consultant will normally be an expert in a specific area of your business who can tell you what to do, or do it for you. A business coach will be some who can help you with motivation and planning to achieve your business aims.


business coachingAreas business consultants might work on

  • Marketing – reviewing how your marketing is working, creating marketing plans and campaigns.
  • IT – reviewing your current IT systems and making recommendations for improving it.
  • HR – helping you to deal with HR problems, create HR policies and systems.


Areas business coaches might work on

  • Helping you work out what is holding you and your business back, creating plans to deal with these issues
  • Working with you to brainstorm ideas to improve your business, grow sales or create new products
  • Regularly reviewing your progress with you, discussing what is working and what isn’t, and how to overcome challenges.



Should I hire a business coach or a business consultant?

Whether you should hire a business consultant or a business coach depends on what you are trying to achieve. If you want an expert to come in a fix a particular part of your business such as your website or your HR policy then a business consultant is what you need. If you are looking for someone who can help you work out what needs doing to fix your business then a business coach is better.

Business coaches tend to work one on one with business owners or senior managers. A business coach will help them to figure out what they want to achieve with the business, what is holding them back and what steps to take to get there. Often this is as much about psychology and personalities as it is about implementing specific business systems. It can also be about time allocation, working out where the business owner or manager can make a real difference and where they can delegate to employees.


What do MCS and Partners do?

All of the partners at MCS are qualified business coaches. We call our approach therapy for organisations and work on the principle that people within a business generally know what its issues are and how to fix them. Our job is to work with people within a business to uncover those issues and solutions and then get them implemented.

Although our main focus is on business coaching we do also offer business consultancy services in some areas, most commonly on HR and related issues. To find out more about the business coaching and consultancy services that we provide please give Matthew a call on 07725 916961 or email