Welcome to the e-learning lesson on Working with Consultants. Suppose your organization is considering a new fundraising strategy, but you want to get an independent perspective on how well it might work. Or you're thinking of purchasing a computer system, but aren't sure whether your staff has the expertise to make the right choice. These are some potential reasons your nonprofit might decide to hire a consultant. Consultants can potentially meet almost any need you can imagine. But is hiring a consultant the best decision in your situation? If so, what are the best approaches to identifying prospective consultants, hiring them, and making sure they're meeting your needs? At the end of this lesson, you will be able to: identify key steps for selecting a consultant, recognize how to prepare for working with a consultant, identify key elements of a basic contract, and apply strategies for managing a consultant to a consulting scenario.