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Business Owners: When To Seek Expert Advice

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When running a business, there are many things we feel more than capable of doing ourselves. We trust in our own ideas, know how to make our vision a reality and use our gut instinct during tough interviews to ensure we hire the best employees.

But there are some aspects of business that we should really leave to the experts, no matter how big or small our company is. Here, we go through some key business functions that require specialist professional advice.

Legal

There are many parts of your business that a lawyer or solicitor can assist with. If you’re just starting out, they can help you to register your business and ensure you have the right licenses to run the company. They can also put policies in place to ensure you’re adhering to employment law and any other relevant legislation. For instance, you may want advice on setting up an adequate workplace pension scheme, offering the correct holiday entitlement, creating adequate payslips and writing contracts of employment. Seeking professional expertise in this area will help you to avoid any legal pitfalls later down the line.

Finance

Effective financial management is the key to any successful business. Many entrepreneurs and business owners need assistance to ensure they remain on top of their finances. You may want to employ an accountant or a financial advisory company such as Downing to suggest possible funding opportunities, prepare proposals and create a realistic budget for the business. Specialists will help determine your company’s financial well-being by assessing your revenue and measuring your performance against set KPIs. If you aren’t achieving your target, they can offer specialist advice to get you back on track.

Marketing

Outsourcing your marketing is often a great option for many businesses, specifically those wanting to increase their visibility and performance online. Digital marketing can be complex and difficult to navigate without specialist advice. With Google’s ever-changing algorithms, it’s vital to be consistently adapting and updating your strategy. A digital marketing agency will provide the tools you need to help your website rank higher on search engines, improve the user experience on your site, as well as provide relevant, high-quality content. Of course, for many larger businesses having an internal marketing team as well can be beneficial for building relationships and utilising their in depth knowledge regarding the businesses service or product.

Outsourcing business functions is an important decision for any company. And every company is different. So, it’s up to you to determine how much or how little expert advice you need to run efficiently and effectively. Take the time to understand your business’s unique requirements so you can make an informed decision about the best step forward to ensure success for your business.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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