Business owners always want to know, "when is the right time to expand?" I wish there were a magic answer.\u00a0 If there is one,\u00a0I don't know anyone who's found it yet.\u00a0 Most business owners tell me they rely on gut instinct to one degree or another.\u00a0 Gut instinct is that inner voice that tells you that it "feels right" to add another location, hire more employees or take on more debt. I'm a big believer in trusting your instincts.\u00a0 But just like the famous Thomas Jefferson saying "the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have," a similar idea goes for gut instincts. The more\u00a0information you\u00a0are armed with\u00a0and the more planning you do, the better your gut instincts. \u00a0That's why a financial person should be an indispensable member of your team, as I pointed out in "Expansion Plans" by Lena Basha in My Business magazine: ' ... one of the most important people on your growth team should be an accountant or financial adviser. "They can really help you understand your business from the inside out, which is necessary when projecting future cash flow that will help pay for the expansion expenses" .... '