Most small business owners eventually realize that they can't continue if they're the only ones doing the work. That's when I get the call. It sounds a little different from customer to customer, but the conversation usually goes something like this:
“I would love to get to the point that I'm not picking up heavy stuff every day. I'm not sure how much more these old knees can take. I want to have multiple crews out doing what I have been doing but I'm not sure where to even start.”
“I don't have a problem getting business, the problem is I'm too busy! It's past time for me to start adding some people instead of just using contractors, but I know there are a bunch of things I need to do in order to get my business set up properly first. I don't even have an LLC or know the first thing about that stuff other than I need to get registered, get workmans comp, etc. It seems overwhelming, not sure where to even start, can you help?”
The funny thing is that when business owners decide to stop working IN their business and start working ON their business, things tend to take off. Not only do they get their time back, but they start making more money too.
If you are a business owner, are you primarily working ON your business? Or are you still mainly working IN your business? If you are interested in getting your time back or growing, I challenge you to start moving towards working more ON than IN your business.
About the Author
Happily married with five kids, Smith owns a technology company, is the founder of this site, has served on the board of directors for multiple companies, and loves playing soccer, hiking, and mentoring.
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