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Know When to Walk Away: A Guide for Fractional Leaders

I've caught myself saying the following more times than I can count: "Fractional work allows me to have all the fun associated with working at a startup without the bullsh*t associated with a startup." For most of my career, that has been true. But based on a recent experience, I have started thinking about the times when the bullsh*t of a startup does rear its ugly head and how I could advise new fractionals on how I've approached it. Here’s my list for how to know when to walk away. Reasons to Walk One of the most powerful concepts that I learned in that time is the concept of "firing a customer." There are many reasons why you might need to let a customer go: Nonpayment or chronic late payment; Violation of terms and conditions—for example, work outside scope; Unreasonable demands or expectations—3 AM replies; Abusive behavior; Lack of engagement—they forget they hired you; Misalignment of a target market; Merger and acquisitions; Legal reasons; Strategic

Gaining a Competitive Advantage: Fractional Executives for Smaller Companies

Growing a business is an exciting journey, but it can also be a challenging and intimidating process for smaller companies. With limited financial resources and networks, smaller companies struggle to keep up with larger firms in attracting top talent, offering competitive salaries, and not having to compromise on expertise. However, the emergence of Fractional Executives has changed the game for smaller enterprises, enabling them to hire part-time C-suite executives who can help drive growth and profitability. In this blog, we will explore how Fractional Executives can benefit small businesses and how you can take advantage of this lesser-known talent pool.

Trying to Afford to Hire Full-Time Executives
Smaller companies are often faced with budget constraints that limit their ability to hire experienced talent on a full-time basis. These companies must be strategic in their hiring process and allocate financial resources to other necessities, such as marketing, sales, and product development. This is where Fractional Executives come in, who are experienced professionals that embed in your organization on a part-time basis, usually for a set number of hours or days per week. Fractionals can be hired for half of the cost of a full-time executive, allowing small businesses to benefit from their expertise without breaking the bank. Check out the cost comparisons.

Fractional Executives Provide Specialized Knowledge and Expertise
Fractional Executives bring knowledge and expertise that are difficult for smaller companies to access on their own. They have significant experience in their respective fields and understand the ins and outs of running a business. Fractional Executives provide specialized knowledge in areas such as finance, operations, marketing, and human resources, and can offer insights and recommendations that businesses may not have considered. Additionally, Fractional Executives can help small businesses overcome critical challenges that would have otherwise been unattainable.

Fractional Executives Help Businesses Scale and Grow
Scaling a business is not an easy task. Fractional Executives have the necessary skills, expertise, and experience to help companies grow and achieve their goals. They can help small businesses identify and pursue opportunities that enable them to reach their objectives. Fractional Executives have a hands-on approach and can work with the existing team to develop strategies and implement them, allowing companies to scale and grow effectively.

Fractional Executives Can Act as Mentors and Coaches
Fractional Executives can also serve as mentors and coaches for existing employees. They can guide and support the staff, helping them grow their skills and knowledge. Fractional Executives are often brought in to fill certain organizational gaps, and as they work side by side with employees, they can transfer their expertise to the team. This not only improves productivity but also boosts morale and helps develop a culture of continuous learning.

Fractional Executives Offer Flexibility and Adaptability
One of the significant advantages of Fractional Executives is flexibility. Unlike full-time executives, Fractional Executives can be hired to fill specific gaps. They help small businesses stay agile, adapting to market demands and trends. Smaller companies don't need to worry about long-term commitments and can hire Fractional Executives when needed. This allows businesses to adjust their team size and skills according to their needs and avoid incurring costs for services they don't require.

Hiring a Fractional Executive can be an excellent investment for small businesses seeking a competitive advantage. It provides access to specialized knowledge, expertise, and a hands-on approach to tackling business challenges. Fractional Executives are highly skilled and experienced and can provide guidance that helps businesses grow and expand. Smaller firms looking to increase their productivity and scale their business without incurring significant financial costs should consider hiring Fractional Executives. It's an excellent way to gain a competitive edge and maintain a competitive advantage!


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