What to Look for in a Business Advisory Service

Succeeding in the business world isn’t easy. It takes the right amount of hard work, dedication, and expertise to truly make it happen. Unfortunately, it just isn’t possible to be an expert in everything, and sometimes you just need a little help. That’s where a business advisory service comes in. Business advisory services seek to help you and your business work more efficiently, be more productive, and, all in all, make more money.


Also, the best part about getting a business advisory service to help is that you know it’s going to work. These companies have built their reputation on guiding businesses of all sizes and types to success, and they can do the same for you.


How do you begin looking for a business advisory service? What factors should going into consideration when you’re weighing potential candidates? Here are a few tips:


  • Find out the extent of their services. You want a business advisory service that’s, well, full-service. They shouldn’t just offer one line of expertise; they should be able to provide expertise and guidance in all areas of your business. From the best technology and network systems to use to the most efficient use of staff and resources, a great advisory service should be able to help you with it all. If they can’t, consider it a red flag that they’re not as great as they say they are.


  • Learn about their credibility and reputation. You can’t trust the fate of your company to just anyone; you need to know that you’re putting your business in good hands. That’s why it’s imperative to look into the reputation and credibility of any business advisory service you’re considering using. Check into online reviews and ratings, and look for any complaints or issues past clients have noted. Ensure they have good standing with the Better Business Bureau, as well; this helps you make sure your money is going to a trustworthy source.


  • Look into their case studies and past clients. Ask any potential services if they can provide you with case studies and references of past clients they’ve worked with. If they refuse, move on to the next candidate. Looking into past cases is crucial to finding a great business advisory service. You need to know that 1) the company is satisfactory to work with and 2) that they are able to deliver on their promises. If possible, connect with past clients for a one-on-one or phone conversation. Find out what their needs were, how the service helped them reach those needs, and most importantly, ask if they would recommend the service to another company. If they would, you can assume you’re in good hands.


  • Learn about their staff and the professionals that would be working with you. They may be able to talk the talk, but can they walk the walk? Take time to learn about the staff members you would be working with if you chose a potential business advisory service. What is their background and expertise? Are they well qualified and experienced in the help they provide? Most services have staff biographies on their website or have some available on request; look at these to determine if their staff is capable of handling (and delivering on) your needs.


If you want your business to see success, consider utilizing a business advisory service to help in the process. A business advisor can help streamline your company, allowing it to become more efficient, more productive, and more profitable across the board. Contact the Connell Curtis Group today to learn more about how our advisors can help guide you and your company.


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