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How do I choose a Business Advisor?

Helen Laidlaw | Business Advisor

5 tips for choosing a great business advisor

As a business owner, having someone to go to for business advice can be invaluable. Someone who comes from the outside, whose perspective isn’t clouded by the day-to-day activities, can help you to see things differently, find clarity, break through any barriers and change for the better.

Check out the following tips on how to choose a business advisor that will give you the confidence and knowledge to grow your business, profitably .

1. Ask them for a free introductory meeting?

It is important that you meet your potential business advisor face to face (in person or online). If they are not willing to spend at least an hour getting to know you and your business challenges, then move on.

2. Do you like them?  

You will be spending a lot of time with your Business Advisor, and at times discussions may be tough and uncomfortable. If you didn't develop an instant rapport at your first introductory meeting, then keep looking. It is important that you feel positive and invigorated after every meeting with them.

3. Are they available?

To do a great job, a Business Advisor needs to spend time getting to know you, your team and your business. They need to understand your challenges, be interested in helping you improve your business and check in with you regularly. They need to be available to answer ad hoc phone calls and emails. If they are too busy, this will impact their ability to help you, so make sure they have the time to cater to your needs.

4. Check out their client testimonials

Ask them what they’ve helped other clients achieve and how they did it? What do their current or former clients say about them? Check out online testimonials and ask to speak to current or former clients. 

5. Skills

You, the Business Owner, is the expert in your industry, not a Business Advisor. A great business advisor will bring in the skills, resources and tools that you don't have. Make sure that your business advisor has the skills, experience and qualifications that you are looking for.

If you are committed to the long-term growth, profitability and success of your business, then it makes sense to stop wasting time and money trying to figure it out on your own, and start working with a Business Advisor.