Running a business can feel like a lonely road at times. But the truth is, no successful leader goes it alone. Behind every thriving company is a team of trusted advisors sharing their expertise and helping to navigate the complexities of business operations. 

In this article, we explore the top 10 key advisors and contacts you need to help you build your business dream team. Whether launching a startup or growing an established business, having the right people in your corner makes all the difference.  

1. Accountants: The number crunchers

Your accountant is your trusted financial consultant and one of the most important business relationships you’ll have. From planning a business budget to helping you understand and remain compliant with the relevant tax laws, they’re your go-to for all things financial. Importantly, your accountant will help you grasp critical financial information and provide valuable insights into your business’s financial health.  

2. Lawyers: Protecting your business’s legal interests

Legal issues pop up when you least expect them. An excellent legal representative can guide you through contracts, property matters, disputes and more. From business agreements to asset acquisitions and even employment matters, your lawyer ensures you operate by the book and avoid costly missteps. 

3. Bank representatives: Funding your business

Building a solid relationship with your bank representative is a crucial step towards managing your business’s financial needs. They provide insights on business loans, lines of credit and financial products to secure the capital you need for growth. 

4. Insurance brokers: Safeguarding your business

Insurance is your safety net in the unpredictable world of business. An insurance broker takes a holistic view to identify the right policies for risk mitigation in your industry, protecting you from unforeseen challenges.

5. Business mentors: Your sounding board

A trusted mentor acts as your sounding board, offering valuable guidance and an outside perspective. They help you set goals, solve problems, and navigate the challenges of running your business.  

6. HR consultants: Managing your workforce

Human resources consultants help with talent recruitment, employment contracts and general employee relations. They help ensure your business has a strong and compliant workforce, reducing HR-related headaches. 

7. Marketing experts: Brand builders

Effective marketing is crucial for business visibility and growth. Marketing professionals help you develop and execute marketing strategies, ensuring your brand resonates with your target audience. 

8. IT consultants: Tech-savvy guidance 

 In our digital world, adaptable IT consultants are essential. They provide expertise in tech infrastructure, cybersecurity, and digital solutions, making sure your business is both efficient and secure.  

9. Industry-specific mentors: Specialist insights

For industry-specific challenges, you’ll need a specialist mentor who ‘gets it’. Experienced mentors can provide invaluable insights and networking opportunities tailored to your business. 

10. Networking groups and professional associations: Expand your circle

Joining industry groups and associations broadens your connections, helping you network with other business owners, potential clients and experts in your field, creating new opportunities for your business. 

You don’t need to operate alone

Running a successful business is a team effort – you rely on and trust those around you to make your business the best it can be. Building a network of key business advisors and contacts is essential for navigating the complexities of business operations. Each of these advisors and contacts plays a vital role in helping you make informed decisions, protect your business, and achieve your goals. Success doesn’t happen overnight, so invest time cultivating these relationships – they are truly invaluable. 

At Davidsons, we’ve provided specialist guidance and advice to local business owners for over 100 years. No matter where you are in your business journey, our team of accountants and advisors can help you reduce risks and run a better business. To book an appointment with our team, get in touch on 03 5221 6399 or via

This article was written by Liam Robinson, Senior Accountant.  

Disclaimer: This information is of a general nature and should not be viewed as representing financial advice. Users of this information are encouraged to seek further advice if they’re unclear as to the meaning of anything contained in this article. Davidsons accepts no responsibility for any loss suffered as a result of any party using or relying on this article.