The industry I am in is considered a blue-collar skilled laborer, and I am proud to be classified as such. However, there is one issue that I have noticed among businesses in this classification, and it is worth discussing. Whenever I deal with another business falling under this category, there is a reoccurring problem: the business owner is often the main source of labor, leading to a lack of organization in the business.
Owners are responsible for paying bills, ensuring customers pay on time, and having the necessary parts and inventory ready for jobs. They are also responsible for ensuring all work is completed on time and that customers are informed of any changes. Unfortunately, these responsibilities often take a back seat when the owner is busy performing labor tasks. As a result, many business owners are unable to focus on growth and improvements, and they often find themselves putting out fires.
As someone who has experienced this issue firsthand, I believe that it is important for business owners to realize that hiring help is necessary for their success. While you may have become an owner due to your talent in a particular field, running a business requires a different set of skills. Being in the trenches all the time can prevent you from having the proper perspective to ensure your business is heading in the right direction.
Hiring someone to run your business can free up your time, allowing you to focus on growth and improvements. If you prefer to remain involved in skilled labor, you should consider hiring a few people who can produce results similar to yours. This will allow you to delegate tasks and spend more time working on your business instead of for your business.
Even before hiring help, there are a few things you can do to improve your business. Firstly, it is essential to admit that what you are doing is not the best approach. Secondly, organizing your work and keeping track of the workflow can be helpful. You can download an app such as Slack or delegate scheduling tasks to someone you trust to keep the business on track.
As a business owner, your goal should be to create freedom and income production without having to do all the work yourself. It is important to remember that nothing should force you to work for free, even your own business. By hiring help and focusing on growth, you can improve your reputation with customers, meet deadlines, and ensure your business's success.