Paying for advice is a good thing – it’s a must for many entrepreneurs, because it gives you access to specialized knowledge that you might not otherwise get.  It can also open doors and help you move things along faster than if you were just plodding along.

The problem with paid advice is sometimes it is bad advice, even if you paid for it.

I’ve paid for bad advice. I’ve paid for great advice.
I’ve gotten free bad advice. I’ve gotten free good advice.

There wasn’t any malicious intent by the advice givers in any of those case; the advice was sometimes just, well, bad.    As an advice-giver myself, I understand, things don’t always go to plan.

My point is, don’t make the mistake of thinking that, because you paid for advice,
you have to take it.

Listen to your gut.  If it doesn’t feel right, work it out with the advice giver, and if that doesn’t go well, then pay them their fees and move swiftly on.