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Should a business owner wear many hats?

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2023 | Business & Commercial Law |

At some point, you may have heard people say that business owners wear many hats. This is a very common sentiment, and it is often said about entrepreneurs. It’s a metaphor, simply stating that they have to take on many different roles within the company.

For example, they may be a visionary who knows what type of company they want to create. But they also have to figure out the financial side of the picture, such as determining how to secure financing and whether or not they want to bring on a business partner or an investor. On top of that, they need to consider marketing and getting their company’s brand in front of a local audience. All of that doesn’t even include any of the day-to-day operations of running the business.

Why it can be a problem

This can create some issues, however. For instance, a business owner may be terrific at creating new products or connecting with the local community. 

But they might feel overwhelmed going through all of the financial details and trying to secure loans. They may not know how to run the office on a day-to-day basis. A business owner who tries to wear too many hats can actively hold the company back, when they would’ve been better off to bring on someone who was more experienced in that niche area to take on those responsibilities. 

For instance, bringing on a financial advisor could free up more of the person’s energy and attention for the things they do best.

In many senses, this also applies to the legal steps that you need to take to start a business. There can be a lot of complex paperwork, and you want to avoid errors. That’s why it can be helpful to work with a dedicated team that focuses on this area of the law.