The first large scale retail operation I ever ran did about $4 million dollars in revenue and it demanded a lot from me because I had to do more things myself and I had less experience. The largest operation I ever ran did about $200 million and it was a lot easier to run because there was more opportunity for leverage, and I had a lot more experience.
I have found that many business owners think like “technicians”. They translate “growth” into “more work” and it scares the hell out of them, because they’re already working hard – why would they want to work harder? If this describes you – then I have good news for you. It doesn’t have to be that way if you apply correct principles and are willing to learn and try new things.
It does require some stretching though. Growth comes from pressure – so everything worth doing is tougher and requires more perseverance at first. But the next time it will be easier, and again, and again. So as Jim Rohn once said; “Don’t wish your job was easier, wish that you were better”. If you want to grow your business and let it get easier to run – one of the most important skills you will have to learn is how to go and delegate more to others.
What are you holding onto that you shouldn’t be?
Clint Best is a business coach and the founder of Kaizen Business Development in Kelowna, BC. Clint has been guiding forward thinking business owners through change and growth since 2002.