Systems to run your business seem to be the way to go and you want to create repeatable processes and for your company but, as the owner, you don’t know what to tackle first.
And just when you figure our what you will do today and have your priorities set...
Think your plan for the day is out the door and everything you wanted to get done will have to wait until tomorrow?
These urgent things come up every day but how important are they to growing your business?
How important is it that you, the owner, handle each of them?
As the owner of your business, you want to it grow, but being stuck in the day to day grind of answering every e-mail when it comes in, checking texts as soon as you hear the buzz or see your phone light up, and being the bottle neck for every decision is not the best use of your time nor is it the path to growth.
Have you ever heard the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
So today, I challenge you to make a change in your normal routine and do something to start getting out of the habit of handling things as they come in.
As the owner of your business, you need to focus on a few things;
Holding the vision for your company is the owner’s responsibility -- YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
It’s your business and you have a unique way of thinking about it. Only you know;
Have you taken the time to WRITE down your vision?
I’m sure you’ve thought about where you want your business to go and grow and how much money you want to have and even if you want to be a private company or public corporation. I’ve found that until I write it down I’m not emotionally tied to it and I get distracted.
Getting clear on your company's vision will help solidify what you should be working on and what you need to do. When things start to get fuzzy and you’d rather be riding your bike than working (guilty!), having your vision document in front of you can help ground you.
One of the easiest ways I’ve found to think about my company is to look at it 3 years from now. When I do this, my first thought is how old I’ll be and after I get over that, I think about:
Next I like to create a picture of my business in 3 years and picture what’s different.
⇰ Location - Where am I working, do we have multiple offices or distribution centers, what does the office look like
⇰ Employees - how many employees and contractors support the business, what is the culture like
⇰ Customers - do we have many small clients, a few large clients, or a mix of both
⇰ Products and Services - are there new lines of business or revenue streamsBy thinking about these 7 points and writing them down, you can start to create your business and align your daily tasks to what’s most important for you, as the owner, to be doing and what are the urgent but not important things that can wait until you finish the urgent and important.
Can a Small Business Owner have a Big Life?
Without a doubt! I’ve not only made it work for me – I’m totally committed to making it work for YOU!
I bring more than 25 years of business experience to my platform as a Business Accountability Coach. I started in big league corporate America and adapted my expertise into success as a small business entrepreneur.
Although the path hasn't been straight and I’ve faced many detours along the way, where I find myself today is right where I'm meant to be.
After graduating from college my only goal was getting a job with a big company. I was eager to move up the corporate ladder, and someday, to run the company. So many had gone before me I could clearly see the route.
Getting the job and moving up the ladder came easy to me, but the farther up I got, the more things didn't feel right. During my corporate career, I had dipped my toes in the waters of business ownership. I ran my own retail coffee house and also coached runners and triathletes. At some point my path became overgrown with corporate politics and misaligned values. Finally, I overcame my fears and anxiety. I took the road less travelled and left the corporate safety net.
A women's fitness boot camp was my first solo venture. I loved meeting new people, educating them about all things healthy, and watching their bodies transform while their confidence soared. Passionate about fitness and the impact I was having, two years after my first boot camp session I became the proud owner of a 12,000 square foot women's fitness center.
In hindsight, purchasing the fitness center was the easy part. It was an established business. The woman managing the facility loved organization, process and systems as much as I did. I believed I was walking into a turnkey operation.
Totally wrong! Fitness soon became secondary to most other facets of the business including things I didn't know and moving parts I couldn’t account for. In addition to sales, marketing, employees, schedules, payroll, and finances, I had to quickly learn general maintenance, heating, cooling and plumbing. I felt myself steering off course.
I relied on Business coaches, Accelerator programs, Local Chambers, Business Associations, Fitness Mastermind groups, and other business owners for help and advice on running the business. I had a full team of associates, fitness and nutrition professionals, and therapists, to help execute my complex operations.
I came to see my role in the business, and in the community, in a bigger, clearer way. I learned how to run a company that formerly had been running me.
In the fall of 2017 my lease was up and my new landlord, a big corporate entity, confronted me with a 70% rent increase! My space was prime real estate in our small community and their plan was to move me out and move a national chain in. I couldn't sell memberships or personal training fast enough to make up the difference.
But that vivid experience opened new doors. I tapped into my bigger vision – and calling.
I started sharing the skillsets I’ve gained through the years to ease the way for other entrepreneurs who understand the importance of owning the business without having it own them.
That’s what I know and what I can show you. My strategies sidestep the busyness of spinning your wheels at work yet not getting enough done. Join me in fulfilling your own vision through strategies that stimulate growth, sales and solid success!
Here's to your success!