I've dealt with hundreds of start-ups and established closely held companies over 30 years of practicing law. Sometimes people are good at asking for help and sometimes not. Good counsel and a good CPA can be invaluable relationships for any closely held business. But what if you can't afford it? There are still ways to obtain the involvement and advice of seasoned business veterans and it is an opportunity too often overlooked.
So here's my brilliant idea (actually it's not my idea, but for purposes of this post, I'll take credit); ask more experienced people, or those with varied experience, to be on your board of directors, i.e people who know more than you (Egad! Giants!). As a general rule, people like it when you ask them for help and to be involved. It's flattering to them and helpful to the business. Besides, with success, relationships can grow.