Need a Professional? Who You Gonna Call?
Hiring Professionals

The art of selecting and working with professionals of diverse disciplines can be daunting. Carlos Garcia shares key insights and lessons learned.

 

Building a Hispanic business, The Accidental Entrepreneur

hiring professionals

You never run your company alone. Even if you make all of the decisions all by yourself (probably not a wise choice as a second pair of eyes and a balancing point of view is usually a good idea), you will need a strong team of professionals to help you achieve your goals.

Information Technology
I have until now failed to mention what is clearly an important part of running a Hispanic business today – technology.

Having a grip on the hardware and software you need, having a grip on best practices for backup and security, having a grip on the maintenance and training – all of these are hugely important in today’s world. Now this isn’t just about computers and servers, it’s also about tablets and smart phones. You might be tempted to think that all you need is a nerdy teenager you can drag to work with you on weekends, but it’s more than that – it’s a key function for your accounting, for your business development, for the security of your business.

Graphics
Who thinks about the difference graphics can make in your business?

Well, graphic services companies probably do, but believe me, having a relationship with a great graphics group can be very important to you over the years. You are going to need logos (which need to be updated every ten years or so), marketing materials, website design, etc. I was lucky enough to be introduced to a great graphics guy and beyond the business we became friends.

Insurance
Again, you probably think insurance is just this annoying thing you have to pay for, but I would suggest that having a good relationship with a solid insurance expert (not just a salesman) could make a material difference in your business. Some of our clients would occasionally ask to be included in our coverage and we would sometimes need these documents done immediately. My insurance team was able to turn these around quickly thus allowing our business to grow.

Commercial Real Estate
If you need an office or retail space for your enterprise, you will need to have a commercial agent you trust. Here is another relationship that you will need to develop. You may well need to ask around, check people out and you shouldn’t necessarily settle on the first person you meet. You want someone who understands your business needs, who gets you, who knows the market and will work to get you the best deal possible. You may need this person a lot more than you imagine.

CPA
This goes almost without saying, but a really good CPA that is smart, attentive, ethical and communicative is really important. Except for one short stint, we used either private practitioners or CPA’s in small firms. And our last guy was the best. He was hyper ethical, but believe me, that is way better than someone who is going to offer you ways to cut corners. If a potential CPA starts talking about how he or she can string up your books with fairy lights, just say no.

 

 

Next- Hiring Latinos and Six Lessons Learned

RELATED POSTS

Branding Doesn’t Matter When Culture Doesn’t Work

Branding Doesn’t Matter When Culture Doesn’t Work

4 steps a small business owner can take to correct a culture issue.   In just a few short years in the business world, it has become all about “the brand” of the company. Even the person behind the brand. I find the latter to be most important. In working with...

Lead With Greater Confidence Through Conviction

Lead With Greater Confidence Through Conviction

Six best practices conviction best practices which underscore confidence An article in Nature Neuroscience led by Benedetto De Martino, a cognitive neuroscientist in the field of decision-making and neuroeconomics, states that the brain has direct links between...

Practical Guidelines for Negotiating Anything

Practical Guidelines for Negotiating Anything

5 proven winning guidelines to successful negotiating.   Negotiating is something we do all the time - with our kids, parents, spouses, bosses, customers - you name it - we are always negotiating. Of course sometimes the "wins" in business are greater than a...

Polls

Sign Up for the Latin Biz Today Newsletter

Video Gallery

PR Newswire

Featured Authors

Money

Talent/HR

Legal

Marketing

Strategy

Fashion

Food

Music

Sports

Innovation

Work, Life & Culture

Culture

Health & Fitness

Travel & Destinations

Personal Blogs

Pin It on Pinterest