It’s been almost 6 weeks since I wrote anything out to the world, so I guess that makes me a bad blogger… I have to say it’s been a good 6 weeks filled with all kinds of wonderful working “On my business rather than IN my business” type stuff. Hence the lack of blogging, but in a good cause.
What have I been up to you ask?
Oh – All that jazz that SCORE and INSBDC tell you to do, like business plans, marketing plans, etc. Plus a few things they OUGHT to tell you to do like building a picture of what I want my life to be like with the business up and running, defining very clearly what my ideal client looks like, putting a team in place to do the “IN the business” stuff, along with some other more woo-woo kinds of things that my business coach recommends and I’m reserving judgement on for the moment.
I’ve got say that the most game changing thing to date has been getting my team in place. I had not realized how limiting working IN my business had been. Nor had I realized what a huge chunk of time I was spending on things that maintained the day to day, but did nothing significant to move the business on to greater heights.
Was it a magic wand solution? No. definitely not. It has taken additional time and focus to put my team in place. And discipline. I spent a fair amount (OK – a LOT) of effort fighting my workaholic tendencies to fall back to working IN the business instead of defining job roles, and posting want ads…
Did my workload immediately get lighter? Heck no. It actually got much heavier for a bit, because as anyone whose done it can tell you – delegation takes more time initially, but I just keep reminding myself that it will pay off eventually. It will take another couple of months for my folks to really be trained up and performing at full strength.
But, I’m reaping benefits already that have nothing to do with time saved.
What a game changer getting some help has been! I now look at my business now from a totally different perspective. I strategize and plan now instead of just putting my head down and plowing through an infinitely long and ever lengthening to-do list.
Also I can see light at the end of the 17-hour-work-day tunnel now, in fact after just 3 weeks with my team, my work day has dropped to more like 14 hours, and declining, so yeah, I’m seeing some time savings too. I may just survive this startup!