Starting a business is a significant commitment that demands more than just passion and a great idea. It requires strategic planning, market understanding, and often, a guiding hand. Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs venture into this journey alone to save money. This decision can lead to excessive time and effort being waisted, reduced profits, misaligned product-market fit, and fumbled opportunities.

Take, for example, a website development company beginning its operations on a limited budget. The owner, who is also the lead developer, decides to manage everything herself to cut costs. She alone serves as the client coordinator, marketing team, bookkeeper, operations manager, quality control director, office administrator, and more. Despite the potential benefits, she dismisses the idea of hiring a professional advisor due to the additional $800 or more of monthly expense. This is a decision driven by her tight financial constraints, but she convinces herself that she is simply being a good steward of the companies limited budget.

As the company grows, the complexities of managing the diverse business aspects without professional guidance become apparent. The workload, initially enjoyable, turns overwhelming. Organizational inefficiencies start surfacing, and the company misses out on crucial expansion opportunities, such as key networking events, due to the owner’s lack of awareness of local events and limited time to do anything. Moreover, the shoestring staff, unable to keep pace with the company’s growth due to limited skill set and inadequate training, adds to the challenges. This situation is exacerbated by the owner’s unrealistic expectation for new hires to instantly adapt to their roles without proper guidance.

Within the past two months, the cost of not hiring a professional advisor becomes starkly clear. With their help, the company could have developed effective hiring strategies, saving time and reducing frustration. The staff training process and client onboarding could have been streamlined. With these things covered the owner might have had time to attend valuable networking opportunities, potentially adding $12,000 in sales. Additionally, delegating tasks to a virtual contracting the phantom advisor has a long lasting relationship with could have significantly reduced the owner’s workload, allowing her to focus more on strategic growth and less on day-to-day operations.

The value of a professional advisor extends beyond just immediate business decisions. Advisors, especially those with extensive business/professional experience, bring with them a wealth of connections that can facilitate business growth. Their networks can introduce new client opportunities, and often, their other clients could benefit from her services.

For entrepreneurs, the right advice is crucial to maintain focus and keep their goals aligned. The absence of such guidance can lead to delays in business development, resulting in missed opportunities. Investing time in finding the right advisor is not simply an additional cost, it is a strategic investment that can save money in the long term and significantly enhance the chances of success. In the world of business, where every decision can have far-reaching implications, the cost of not getting help can be too high. Therefore, it is imperative for entrepreneurs to acknowledge the importance of expert advice and invest in the right resources from the outset. This strategic decision can make the difference between merely surviving and thriving in the competitive business landscape.

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Brent Simpson

Business Growth Strategist, Clarity Expert, Retired Stockbroker, Speaker, Pitch Judge, VC, Stock Investor, Board Member, Owner of Bold Vision, Co-Founder of Investing Education Academy  (IEA), Start-up Consultant, member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.