Small business owners use a vast and diverse arsenal of skills when running their business. But owners often struggle to get ahead when it comes to their business’ finances. With thousands of U.S. businesses going bankrupt every year, it’s clear that many owners are missing important signposts to financial health. As a business owner, you’re constantly pulled in different directions. At the end of the day, there simply isn’t time to manage all your business operations well, so hiring a financial expert can be a game changer for your company. Here are some things to consider:

Business Owners Are Too Busy And Spread Thin

As a small business owner, you spend countless hours painstakingly working on every part of your business. But when you’re spread too thin, it’s easy to overlook the big picture and miss important signs of your company’s overall financial health. Your business needs a fresh set of expert eyes that can identify and fix problems that you can’t see, or don’t have the expertise to solve. Assessing your financial health can be confusing and time consuming, so why not get an expert to do it for you?

A Financial Expert Can Save You Money

You may think that your business can’t afford a financial consultant. Often the bigger question to consider is can your business afford not to hire one? Hiring a financial expert will cost you money, but the right person will save your business way more than they cost. Financial experts can identify huge cost-saving opportunities, make your business more efficient and help you better plan for a financially stable future.

Financial Consultants Are Objective and More Accurate

There are many tangible and intangible things to consider when assessing your company’s direction and value. It’s likely that your views are shrouded in personal feelings, emotions and bias that might lead you to overlook a potential financial problem. Think about it. Who wouldn’t believe their company is worth a lot of money when they consider all the blood, sweat and tears they have put into it? Or maybe it’s just the opposite. Perhaps you have undervalued your business because you don’t fully understand what’s involved in the valuation of your company. These mistakes can have a significant impact on your business goals and future. To avoid these pitfalls, get your business evaluated by a financial expert who can more accurately estimate your company’s worth. Objectivity plus expertise is the key!

Don’t Procrastinate: Hire An Expert Sooner Rather Than Later

It’s typically better to bring in an expert sooner rather than later. Not only will the addition of a financial expert help prevent your business from encountering potentially fatal and unseen financial problems, it will also give you a greater sense of control and confidence in your business’ financial health. How amazing would it be to know exactly where your business stands financially? Imagine how you would feel knowing that you’re operating in an efficient and financially prudent way. A financial expert can help you make intelligent, sustainable and scalable business decisions that will benefit your business now and in the future.

Quick Tip: Before you run out and hire a financial consultant, it’s critical to understand why you are hiring someone in the first place. What are your financial questions and goals? There are many different types of financial experts out there. Your business will benefit most if you hire an expert that matches your needs. Aim to hire a professional who is knowledgeable in the area in which you require assistance (forecasting, valuation, inventory, tax, etc.) and seek out an expert who has particular experience helping clients in your industry.

Contributed by:
Bass Bauman
Technical Product Manager