In a time of wildly fluctuating costs, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Nearly every industry has consultants that can make your life easier. You are a manager at a start-up, remember that, and be realistic about your abilities. You aren’t an expert in this industry, in fact you might have no experience at all. As a result, reach out to others so that you have a more balanced viewpoint.
As you seek help in understanding your cost structure, be upfront with your investors. Spot a problem as soon as it occurs and let investors know, they will appreciate your candidness as it shows you have a handle on operations. In addition, investors likely have financial skills that could help you budget, forecast, and set realistic goals. Not only will they appreciate your candidness related to any cost overruns, they will likely want to help you manage the situation and get the company back on track.