On a scale of 1-10, how much do you enjoy running your business?
If you put
1-3, it’s time to make some big changes
4-6, you’re doing ok but there are things to work on
7-9, awesome, but let’s aim for that 10
10! Amazing, do you know how unusual that is?
I speak to a variety of business owners every week, and I hear them say, “there’s never enough time”, “I’m sorry this is late”, “something went wrong, so this didn’t get done”. I get it; life is busy, let alone running a business.
What was the reason you first set up your business? Because you love baking/making something? Maybe you knew you could help people struggling with their tax returns. Were you a teacher, who now tutors because of family priorities? Were you fed up with working for someone else and knew you’d be happier running this your way?
Try and remember that reason, and the excitement of setting up your company; this is the feeling you should get every day when starting work.
Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it. Sadly, it’s not the reality for most. Most business owners are bogged down in the areas of their business that they don’t enjoy doing or those jobs that take twice as long as they should.
I want you to fall in love with your business again because every aspect of life is better if we are happy at work.
Let’s go back to your answer at the beginning if you rated the enjoyment of your business 1-3.
-Don’t lose hope, but you need to have a serious think.
-What is it that isn’t working for you?
-Do you still enjoy providing the main function of your business?
-I’m going to assume that’s a yes, so what are the bits you don’t enjoy?
-Do you need to employ someone locally to help you get through your tasks faster?
-If the jobs you hate are computer-based, then outsourcing might work well for you.
If you answered 4-6, this is great, but there is still lots of room to improve. Are you looking to grow your business but can’t until you stop spending all your time on the less expert but still vital jobs that need to be done?
You have two choices; work all day and night or find some help.
If you put yourself in the 7-9 bracket, then I’m doing a happy dance for you. I love that your business brings you happiness; that is what life is all about. I’m still here for you, though, if you’d like to increase your freedom. There will be items on your to-do list that can be done by someone else, giving you the freedom to spend a day a month doing something you love doing. Fitness, shopping, charity work or time with friends, anything you fancy doing.
Never feel guilty if you do not enjoy all aspects of your business; if you are an accountant, you enjoy maths but hate writing emails or newsletters – pass them on.
If you are a creative person, then chances are invoicing makes your brain spin – hand them over to me.
You do you – you do the tasks in your business that only you can do and delegate the rest.
Outsourcing gets your to-do list done (even those jobs you’ve been putting off for months), relieving you of the guilts and allowing you to do the jobs you do love!