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Are you someone that likes to work solo? I'm guessing you said yes to that question. Let's face it, most business owners are independent type of people that like to do things themselves. That way they know that the quality being delivered is consistent and that the job is being done. The problem with that is as one person you have a limited capacity. How big are your dreams? Most often they will extend beyond your capacity which means that you need to bring a team on board to help you. How do you make that transition from working on your own to working with a team?
There's more than One Way to Build a Team
Most independent entrepreneurs are wary about bringing additional people on board. In the traditional sense there are added salaries, office space and equipment to be considered. Then there is also the task of finding the right people, employing and training them up and managing them. From that perspective it is easy to see why most individual business owners try stay away from working with a team. It simply adds too many complications to the business process.
However, thanks to advances in technology you do not need to take on all of these things in order to create a team for your business. I have a business team of eight people that are an important part of my growth, yet none of them work for me full time in my office. Instead they are all functioning in a virtual environment and work for me part-time on a free lance basis. This works really well because I do not have the hassle of drawing up employment contracts and trying to keep staff motivated. Each one of my team has an independent business and they provide their services to me as and when I need them. This results in a great amount of flexibility and improves the efficiency of my business. I am never carrying dead weight in my business. Each task and function that is carried out is specific and over a set period of time. Being able to work with a team like this can really help you to grow your business. There are a few new skills that you need to learn in terms of delegating and working with other people but the results are just amazing. A team can help you quickly ramp up your business and get you operating at the level you want to be at.
Tips for Choosing Team Players
• Think of tasks that take a lot of your time that you may be able to delegate to other skilled people. Things like administration, writing, or planning seminars.
• Look at the area where you provide the most valuable input to your business. That is what you want to spend most of your time doing. The rest you can start to delegate.
• Look for people that are operating independent businesses in a virtual environment. Creating a team with these types of people helps you to keep your costs down.
• Start out with just one person who can take care of some of the admin for you. Then as you get more comfortable with sharing responsibility you can gradually bring more people on board.
Having an efficient team is one way in which you can speed up the growth of your business. Because you are not trying to do everything yourself you have more time to focus on what you are really good at. This could be dealing directly with clients, managing the operations or giving workshops, courses and seminars. A great team can be a valuable asset to your business and can help fast track you to achieving your goals.
Bernadette Doyle specializes in helping entrepreneurs attract a steady stream of ideal clients. If you want to get clients calling you instead of you calling them, sign up at http://www.clientmagnets.comTweet
Many entrepreneurs are solo business people. They are doing everything in their business from sourcing leads and seeing clients to doing the accounting and filing. Now there is some wisdom to keeping costs low when you start out so that your business has the opportunity to get established. But at some point you are not going to have the capacity to keep doing everything yourself and still be able to grow and run your business.
So, how can you use people to help you get organized and develop your information empire? It's starts with your thinking and perception about the power of delegation. Here are some thoughts to help …
1. Some People love the Jobs you hate
Most entrepreneurs are creative people. They love ideas and creating products and programs for their clients. When doing those things, that's when they feel most energetic and inspired. But the tasks they often get stuck doing are admin, filing, booking keeping or other similar tedious tasks. You know what those tasks are because just talking about them usually makes your heart sink.
The good news is that somewhere in the world is someone who just loves doing the jobs you hate. I know it's sometimes difficult to believe that there are people that love doing admin, but it's true. There are many excellent personal assistants and administrators out there that thrive on being super organized and helping other people in their businesses.
2. Your Business will only Grow when you're not bogged down with the tedious tasks
Your first objection may be that personal assistants cost money and take time to train up. But think of it from a different perspective for a moment. Is it really beneficial for you and your business to be struggling along and doing the things that you hate? Wouldn't it be better to pass across tasks to someone who would be far more efficient at doing them? Then you could focus on doing the tasks you love and enjoy. The truth is that your business will grow when you are not bogged down doing tedious tasks. So consider ways in which you can get organized and use other people and their expertise to help you develop your business into an information empire.
3. Get People Involved in your Business:
Consider which tasks take up a lot of your time that you don't particularly enjoy doing. Are these things that you could delegate to someone else? There are many ways to bring people on board and make use of their expertise. It doesn't need to be a huge expense or long term commitment. You can hire people for individual tasks or a single project.
Don't be afraid to delegate. There are people that love doing the tasks you hate to do. Be aware that your business will run more efficiently when you have people supporting your efforts and taking on the tasks that they are better equipped to do.
Too often entrepreneurs operate in chaos because they think that taking on help will simply cost too much and won't really benefit their business. However, a well organized business is far more likely to be more profitable than one that is chaotic. Bringing people on board can help you get organized and achieve your business goals, so open your mind to the idea and start to get more organized today.Tweet
If you are in your business by yourself you will know all about limited capacity. You may have a great business concept but when it relies on you to do everything there is going to come a time when you reach your capacity. What do you do then? Do you take on the expense of bringing on a team? How many people? What aspect of their business do you train them up to handle? Are there other options available to you?
Thinking and Working Smarter
If you have a successful business model chances are that your business will grow very quickly. Soon you could be at capacity and then you have to decide if you want to expand your business or just stay at the level you are at. Chances are if you are in business then you are a motivated individual, you won't want to stay where you are, you will want to look at options for expanding your business. A lot will depend on the type of business you have and what kind of expertise you will need. I faced a situation a few years back where I decided that I wanted to cut back on my working hours while still growing my business. It meant I had to look for smarter ways to do things, for ways in which my business could work for me and generate an income while I wasn't around. Technology has provided some wonderful tools for small businesses. For a start when looking to employ people in your business you now have the option of working in a virtual environment. This means that you do not physically need to employ people in your business. You can get them to work for you on a freelance basis and only when you need them on a specific project. This cuts down on operational costs and allows you to be able to afford a higher calibre of employees because they are only working for you part time. I have an amazing team of eight people that work with me yet all of them I contract in on a freelance basis. It has provided me with flexibility in my business and ensures that my business continues to grow.
Tips for Expanding the Capacity of your Business
• Use technology to your advantage. Look at ways in which you can sell products online that don't require much in terms of fulfilment from you. They are products that are packaged and ready to go. This can provide some valuable income for you without demanding any of your time or resources.
• Automate and integrate systems so that you can manage your time more effectively. Have reminders in your phone or on your computer to prompt you to follow up with certain tasks.
• Use the virtual office environment to your advantage. Contract in the expertise as you need it and be able to grow your team on a flexible basis without placing too much strain on your overheads.
Realizing that you are reaching your capacity in business can be an exciting place to be. It can force you to look at ways to work more creatively and efficiently so that you can continue to grow your business. Step up to the challenge that it represents and it can take you and your business to a whole new level of success.
Bernadette Doyle is a marketing specialist who helps entrepreneurs become client magnets and attract a steady stream of their ideal clients. If you’d like to receive invaluable tips and advice on how to attract clients with ease, register at http://www.clientmagnets.comTweet