Considerations Of Consulting Outside Of The Country

Occasionally Expeditive gets requests from hospitals outside of the United States for interim consultants who can do a variety of revenue cycle projects. We’ll then put out feelers for these positions, knowing that there will be some takers, and also knowing that there will be some people who will cringe at the idea of going to certain places.

Traveling as an independent consultant is always a dicey proposition. It can be a lot of fun, being in a new place and getting to know the area over the course of being in a new location. At the same time, it can add an interesting layer of stress when one has to consider things such as how to pack, for how long, and how to make sure bills can still be paid.

This is definitely important when one is considering leaving the country to work. Heading to a place like India or Dubai will not only be a culture shock for many people, but you don’t go to places like that and expect to fly back home every two weeks. You might have to be ready to make a commitment to stay in a location anywhere from 3 to 6 months at a time; that’s pretty much like moving to a new city. Or you might head to a place like Mexico, which has some pretty strict work standards for non-citizens that you might at times feel chafing.

We have to be honest; this is one of those times when symbiosis between client and the consultant might not be totally achievable. For clients, they can be assured that a staffing company will send them someone that’s competent. For the consultant, guarantees aren’t as solid. The only guarantee is that the consultant will get paid.

Because it’s rare for entities outside the country to fly representatives of interim staffing companies to their locations to take a look around, the status of the location can’t easily be verified. In some countries, the mores as it applies to both race and sex are much different than in the United States; telling someone what they are and having them be experienced are two different things. There’s also the language barrier that has to be overcome. And finally, probably the biggest skill will have more to do with learning how to be an effective communicator and negotiator than even the skill set.

Still, some consultants have a great time in other countries. It’s not an easy decision to make and shouldn’t be taken lightly. If it’s something you’re considering to make yourself available for, so some research on the area to see if you believe you could deal with it. Because if you accept it, you’ll be there for a long time.