John Borrowman, CPC
Borrowman Baker LLC
Business valuation is such a small world. It’s easy to think that you can make a job change on your own. Whisper a word in someone’s ear. Make a discreet phone call.
But, a do-it-yourself job change carries as much risk as do-it-yourself legal work.
Confidentiality is the first thing you give up. For the same reason you think it won’t hurt to discuss your intentions with a colleague, your colleague may think it won’t hurt to discuss your intentions with someone else. Pretty soon that communications chain extends back to someone you don’t want to know.
Industry knowledge about the quality and reputation of various practices is something that very few BV professionals ever gain beyond the occasional quip or comment, which can just as often be little more than gossip.
Perspective about options is almost impossible to come by if you attempt to rely on colleagues in the profession. Everyone’s view of what the options might be is distinctly colored by individual experience. If, like you, they’ve spent all their time working in the vicinity of their own particular “tree”, you can’t expect them to have much of a view of the “forest”.
All three elements are available to you by reaching out to us. There’s no better way to assure that you make a smart, or smooth, move. Even if you’re not contemplating a career change, you should call. About 95% of the professionals we talk to conclude that they’re already in the right place. That’s always a more confident conclusion, however, after a conversation with us.