What’s your end game?

I talk to small business owners all the time.  Its a great joy to be a part of this “club”.  I love when people that really have put it all on the line take a risk, and look to work hard to create a business that excites them.

I also talk to people who,  I can tell by the tone of their voice,  that the business that they thought they had has really become a “meat grinder”.  It winds up  chewing them up and spitting them out.  Its starts innocently and then they get to a point where they are on “overwhelm”.  The stress starts to take its tole on their relationships,  their family life and who they are as a person.

What transformation takes place in someones life where what you originally loved and was excited about becomes a source of stress and anxiety?

I think its because you have not created a vision of where you want to be and created the tools to help you build that path.  In small business the pathway is built with your systems.  If you have not taken the time to create the systems in your business.  The owner is often forced to do them.  The more you are responsible for,  the more stressed you will be.

What if your sales and level of business does not allow you to hire someone?  I feel you should act “as if”  you have someone working for you and create the systems anyway.   This will help you get clear what work need to be done,  so that you can get to a certain level of sales,  so you can hire someone, so you can enjoy and find that excitement in your vision once again.

I call this process De-Mythifying your business.   Its never been easier to be a “Black Belt” manager that in the 21 century.

The first step is getting clear about the vision you want for your business.  Answer these questions and you will be way ahead of the ball game!

  1. How much do I want to work in the business?
  2. How much time do I want to work ON the business?
  3. How much money do I want to make from the business?
  4. How many people do I need to hire in the business?
  5. Are all the systems created so my team can do their job really well?



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