WHY ARE YOU IN BUSINESS?
It’s an important question to ask yourself – why am I in business, rather than, say, having a job?
Because, compared to a job, (say a job as your trade, working for someone else) a business comes with more stress, more responsibility, often more work or longer hours and not always more money.
So if you’ve got a business and some or all of those things are true – compared to having a job, your business is harder work or more stress or more responsibility of or less (or no more) money, then perhaps you should stop and think for a minute about what you want and how you can get it.
The issue here, I think, is that you can sort of slide into being busy and stressed in your business or working long hours. As you grow your business from just you to a few of you and then beyond, different things are necessary and it’s easy to keep doing the same stuff, especially if you don’t know what you should be doing differently.
That’s why I have a business, isn’t it? Because it’s common for people to grow their business and realise they need to learn some new stuff if they don’t want to be stuck with the business they currently have.
Of course, you should buy my thing but the point of this video is to encourage you to take stock of your position and your business in the first place and whether you’re getting that.
Then think about whether you still want that and what you want from your business now and whether you’re getting it.
If you are, good for you and carry on.
If you’re not, do something about it.
What should you do about it? Get in touch with me, obviously, and I’ll help make you a plan to put the systems in place to grow your business properly.
But first, you have to decide if that’s what you want, don’t you?
Let’s focus on that.
Do you want to get bigger and make more money (not much point in getting bigger if there’s not more money involved)?
How much bigger and how much more money do you want?
How much extra work are you prepared to do to get there? How much are you prepared to change?
What about time? How hard do you want to work (when you’ve done this work, to get there?)
Same for stress – surely you want to build a business that’s low stress.
But there’s more to it than more money, less work and less stress.
There’s building a business you’re proud of and that does work you’re proud of.
There’s looking after all the people in your business and building something that provides a living for their families as well as yours.
Once you have an idea of the direction you want to go in, making a plan for how to get there becomes easier.
We use our framework and you can too but let’s stick to what you want.
Mike (a client of mine) – I spoke to the other day and he’s doing well. He said when I started with you – it was just me and one guy and now I have 6 in my team.
I said ‘Are you rolling in money?”
And he said, “Yeah, I am. So what do I do next? Do I go bigger?”
And I said ‘Maybe’ or do you use some of that money to have an easier life?
How nice would it be to only work 4 days and have a day a week to do nice stuff?
(I have a client who does that – spends Fridays with his kids).
Mike liked that idea.
He’s thinking about it. You should too.
As a business owner, you have a unique opportunity to build it how you want it.
(And maybe I can help).
Comment HELP and we’ll talk about how that works.
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See you later.