Solopreneur Frugal Foolery

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Here’s the thing: we all want to believe we’ve got what it takes to handle everything life throws at us. And that’s a nice thought – really, it is.  Let’s come back down to reality for second, though.  We all need a little help from our friends… and by “friends” I definitely mean “experienced professionals.”  You gotta do what you gotta do, you know?  And in this particular situation, what you need to do is find yourself a team of professionals who can keep you in check when life turns crazy.

 

Running a business isn’t easy.  A lot of people try to be their own lawyer, tax professional, and business advisor – and it doesn’t end well.  Even if you make it through a few years with no major issues that you’re aware of, sooner or later things will fall apart.  When that happens – and it WILL happen, let’s be real about this – you’re going to want to have a contingency plan.

 

Paying for advice, consultation, and help might seem like a racket – but I’m here to tell you that it’s one of the best things you can do for your business.  Do you want to save a couple hundred bucks now by “fixing” things yourself, or do you want to still have a viable business in six months?  This is the kind of situation in which you might find yourself.

 

Here’s a good rule to keep in mind: if the issue you’re facing is something that could potentially turn into a huge deal, hire a professional.  Even if you just think there’s the slightest chance that things could go south – hire a professional.  Here’s an even more important one: even if the situation is embarrassing or something you’re ashamed of, hire a professional.  Don’t make the mistake of thinking that yours is the first mistake people have seen!  Let’s be real honest – the world doesn’t revolve around you, and your mistakes are not going to be anything new.  Even in the worst of situations, you’re going to find professionals who have dealt with it before.

 

Wondering where to start?  There are a couple of ways you can get started.  The first is to start researching people online.  Read forums and reviews, and find out who in your area seems to have the kind of experience you need.  You can also ask around for recommendations.  Regardless of how you find them, you’re going to want to contact the professional and ask them for a consultation.  Be honest with them!!  Put all of your cards on the table if you want to get useful advice in return.

 

Be ready to pay up – and even more than that, be ready to gratefully pay up for the expert advice you’re receiving.  Stop the unnecessary frugal foolery and get the expertise your business needs.  Naynay, Big Mama and your best friend’s sister are not it!