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5 Tips on How to Choose a Business Advisor

December 19, 2018
5 Tips on How to Choose a Business Advisor

If you checked out our CEO’s recent blog post, then you already know why you may need a business advisor.

In short, they’re the person that will tell you what you don’t know that you don’t know.

While caught up in the hustle of completing our daily to-do list, we may forget to notice and/or adapt to changes that occur as our business continues to grow.

We also may not know how to deal with some of these changes or challenges.

But a business advisor is your secret weapon – they can coach you on what questions to ask, what problems to anticipate, and how to best deal with your blind spots.

Check out the following tips on how to choose a business advisor that will support your growth.

5 Tips on How to Choose a Business Advisor

1. Experience is KEY

Anyone can call themselves a coach or an advisor, whether they’ve been trained or not.

It’s crucial that before making that phone call, you do your homework. Check how many years of experience they have and whether they’re certified.

After all, you do need their expertise in order to gain anything from the relationship.

2. Check the Testimonials

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What do their current or former clients say about them? Are these testimonials signed and valid?
  • Do they have any experience working in your industry?

The answers to these questions will help narrow down your choices!

3. Are they a Good Fit?

Schedule a one-on-one meeting with an advisor you’re eyeballing.

Did you kick it off with them right away? Are they offering something you need? Do you feel invigorated and positive after speaking to them?

You’ll be spending a lot of time with this person, so choose a business advisor that you get along with!

4. Do they Challenge You?

Without even knowing it, your inner circle might include a lot of “yes-men”.

But, your business is your livelihood. You need someone that will tell it to you straight!

Does this advisor challenge you? Do they point out your blind spots?

If they do, they're a keeper!

5. Are they Available?

Is this advisor all in, or do they have one foot out the door?

You need your advisor to check in on you, regularly, and be interested in your progress.

Are they available for a call or email exchange during the week?

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