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10 Reasons Fractional Executives Could Transform Your Business in 2024

The concept of fractional executive work is gaining remarkable traction, but it isn’t just a quirky experiment in the business world; it is already a proven and practical approach that is growing, and not going away. According to recent statistics, a growing number of companies in the United States are recognizing the value of fractional leaders. In fact, over the past five years, the utilization of fractional executives has seen an impressive uptick of approximately 35%.

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Picture this: You’re building a house, and you have two options for a power tool. You can choose a precision drill designed for the job, or you can go with an all-in-one tool that claims to do it all. Which one do you think would get the job done faster and with better results? It’s the precision drill every time. The same principle applies when considering the impact of an experienced leader serving fractionally in a focused role versus the potential scope creep that may come with a full-time capacity. 

Companies explore fractional expertise over hiring full-time executives for several compelling reasons. 

1. Specialization at Its Best: Fractional leaders are expert crafters with specialized tools. They’re honed for their specific role, bringing a level of expertise and focus that’s unmatched. Much like a precision drill, they excel in what they do, while full-time roles might spread them thin in a startup, trying to do it all, much like an all-in-one tool that may not excel in any particular function.

2. Efficiency and Accuracy: A focused fractional leader operates with laser precision. They are often masters of time management and resource optimization. They focus on delivering results efficiently, as they are conscious of the time-bound nature of their engagements, making them highly effective in their roles.

3. Minimum Overhead, Maximum Impact: Fractional leaders are like compact, low-maintenance machines. They don’t require constant attention or a hefty investment. You get maximum horsepower when you need it, without the ongoing maintenance costs. It’s like having a top-of-the-line power tool in your toolbox, ready to perform when required.

4. Cost efficiency: Fractional experts are often more cost-effective than full-time executives. With fractional professionals, businesses can access top-tier talent and experience without the hefty salaries, benefits, and overhead costs associated with full-time hires. This allows for budget flexibility and resource allocation when a business is not financially at a means of full-time seats in those leadership roles.

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5. Flexibility: Fractional experts offer flexibility in terms of engagement duration. Whether it’s a short-term project or an ongoing need, companies can adjust the scope and duration of fractional roles to match their specific requirements. This adaptability is particularly beneficial when dealing with fluctuating workloads.

Now, this isn’t just a fad for the hippest startups or an exclusive club for tech giants. Businesses of all varying sizes, from small startups to established corporations, are embracing fractional executives. With such a significant rise in adoption, it’s high time to debunk the myths and misconceptions surrounding this innovative approach to leadership.

Myth #1: Fractional executives lack commitment

It’s a classic misconception: Fractional executives are commitment-phobes because they’re not punching the clock like 9-to-5-ers. In truth, fractional executives are not just committed; they’re practically married to your business, minus the shared bank account. Their dedication stems from a passion for helping you succeed. It’s not about the hours they work; it’s about the results they deliver. Consider them your “weekend-only” personal trainers for business fitness.

Myth #2: Fractional executives are costly

The common myth persists that fractional executives are an expensive indulgence, like that fancy artisanal coffee blend you secretly love. In reality, they’re more like the budget-friendly coffee machine at the office, delivering excellent results without breaking the bank. You pay for precisely what you need, sidestepping the financial pitfalls of full-time commitments. This flexible arrangement enables you to allocate your resources more efficiently.

Myth #3: Fractional executives lack in-depth industry knowledge

Now, let’s address the “they’re not industry experts” myth. Fractional executives might not have an entire bookshelf dedicated to your industry, but they’ve read a chapter or two, and they’re quick learners. Their eclectic backgrounds offer a fresh perspective that rivals that of siloed experience in one industry. Think of them as the “Renaissance artists” of the business world, with expertise that transcends boundaries and can color your business canvas in unique ways.

Myth #4: Fractional Executives Are Inaccessible

Fractional leaders serving your business for impact understand that communication is the key to success; your success = their success. And communication standards and expectations can be established in a balance that fits your business just right.

The bottom line

As you ponder the potential of fractional work for your business, remember that it’s not as mystifying as it may seem. There are professionals with decades of expertise at a once full-time capacity, who offer commitment, expertise, flexibility and accessibility. The decision to hire a fractional leader or one at a full-time basis depends on your business’s specific needs, budget and long-term objectives. So, don’t let myths paralyze your business aspirations. Embracing fractional expertise precisely when and where it’s needed will serve in guiding you toward a future of greater flexibility, efficiency, and success come time to fill the role at a full-time capacity.


Jill Simonds headshotJill is founder of Savvy Strategic Partners; a fractional C-suite advisory firm specializing in propelling businesses – from early-stage startups to medium-sized enterprises – toward accelerated success. She serves businesses as COO & Integrator (companies running on EOS®). Savvy Strategic Partners are passionate about empowering owners of rapidly growing businesses to protect and cultivate a vision that inspires action, innovation, and growth–all while living a burnout-free legacy for themselves, their team, & their community.

Fractional Executives: A Growing Trend in Colorado

Fractional services are a growing trend around the country. In fact, this expert fractional services trend has grown from $1.5 billion in 2020 to $2 billion this year, attracting thousands of new participants. I founded Vannin Chief of Staff in Denver, Co., a team of consultants, who support the Chief of Staff/Chief Operating Officer role for growth stage businesses.

So how does it work? Fractional service businesses like Vannin offer interim and full-time talent solutions and train new Chief of Staffs. Fractional service professionals work with leaders within a company, providing individuals with the opportunity to grow their business while still prioritizing a flexible work/life balance. The growing trend of fractional services ultimately provides staffing solutions to attract more talent to companies.

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Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of working with fractional executives and how organizations can tap into their expertise to drive growth and success.

Cost-effective solution

One of the most prominent benefits of working with fractional executives is cost savings. Hiring a full-time executive can be expensive, especially for smaller organizations that cannot afford the salary and benefits associated with a permanent hire. On the other hand, a fractional executive is typically hired on a part-time basis and is paid for the specific services they deliver. This results in significant savings for the company without sacrificing the quality or scope of work.

Increased flexibility

Fractional executives offer a high degree of flexibility for businesses. They can be brought in for a specific project or for a short-term period, based on the company’s needs. This means that businesses can access top-level strategic guidance and expertise without the long-term commitment typically associated with full-time executives.

Outside perspective and fresh ideas

Another significant advantage of working with fractional executives is the fresh perspective they can bring to the organization. Because they are not tied to the company culture or hierarchy, they can offer unbiased insight and recommendations that can help businesses approach challenges in innovative ways. This can lead to new strategies, processes or product ideas that can set the business apart from its competitors.

Specialized skills and knowledge

Fractional executives are typically hired for their specific expertise in a particular area, whether it’s finance, operations, or marketing. This allows companies to gain access to specialized skill sets and knowledge that they may not have in-house. This can be especially valuable for small businesses that don’t have the resources to hire a full-time executive in every department.

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Improved business performance

Ultimately, the main advantage of working with fractional executives is the significant improvement in business performance they deliver. Their specialized skills, fresh perspective, and cost-effective solutions help organizations overcome challenges and seize opportunities. They also help businesses develop targeted strategies that align with their goals, ultimately driving growth and success.

Fractional executives offer a valuable solution for businesses that need high-level expertise and guidance but cannot afford a full-time executive. They bring a fresh perspective, specialized skills, flexibility, and cost savings to the organization, resulting in improved business performance. Whether you are a small start-up or an established enterprise, working with a fractional executive can help you achieve your goals and thrive in today’s competitive marketplace. As a client recently told me “Now that I work with Vannin, I can actually take a vacation!”


Keziah WonstolenKeziah is an experienced Chief of Staff and business operations executive who spent over a decade advising Fortune 500 companies on their sales talent and operational strategies, including PepsiCo, Cargill, Hewlett Packard, EMC, Siemens & Ricoh. In the last few years, Keziah’s focus has been on building and leading chief of staff capabilities and sales operations within Accenture, a global management consultancy. Keziah has been accepted as one out of 40 people to the first-ever Chief of Staff Certification Program at the University of Oxford in the UK (April 2021).